For over a year, I've been helping the organising committee prepare for the 9th International Conference on Aeolian Research (ICAR IX).
For my part, that's been logo design and branding, web design, making signs and program booklets. After a few tight weeks leading up to the conference, I'm so glad that the conference went well for everyone! The field trips look like they were great fun - see the local Mildura news and Twitter #ICAR_IX
'Responding to climate change - lessons from an Australian hotspot', edited by Professor Paul Burton, has just been published by CSIRO Publishing.
I assisted as a mediator between authors, editors and publishers to ensure that the figures were ready for publishing.
My illustrations of three new Podapolipid mite species (16 drawings) have just been published in a new paper by Owen Seeman and Robert Constantine.
Constantine RA & Seeman OD. 2014. Three new species of Eutarsopolipus (Acari: Podapolipidae) from Australian carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Journal of Systematic and Applied Acarology 19 (1), 87-109.
To read more about Owen's work and to see microscope photos of other Podapolipid mites, read Mighty Mites on the Queensland Museum website.
Well, she didn't make the cover of Vogue but she did make the cover of Zootaxa for the large monograph by Owen Seeman, Jenny Beard and Gary Bauchan published this month.
Owen and Jenny gave me a high resolution SEM image of this female flat mite (Tegopalpus conicus), along with a colour photo of the living mite. I have digitally tinted the SEM to reproduce the mite's natural colouration.
It's a simple process that can look so striking. Here, only two colours were added to the very simple shape of the mite - the task becomes more time consuming as you increase the range of colours and if there are more complex shapes involved.
Dr Owen Seeman has published a new paper, which I contributed to. The new mite Berzercon ferdinandi is named after Ferdinand the Bull, for its horn-like corniculi, and also represents the first species of the new genus Berzercon.
Seeman OD & Baker MR. 2013. A new genus and species of Discozerconidae (Acari: Mesostigmata) from carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in New Zealand. Zootaxa 3750 (2), 130-142.
New reference book 'Tropical fruit flies of South-East Asia' will be released soon by CABI. Thank you Dick and Meredith for giving me such a great opportunity!
The latest publication featuring my illustrations is a description of a new species of jellyfish Bazinga rieki which has been assigned to a new suborder.
CITATION Gershwin L & Davie PJF. 2013. A remarkable new jellyfish (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa) from coastal Australia, representing a new suborder within the Rhizostomeae. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum - Nature 56 (2): 625-628.
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