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National Geographic Magazine

Soaring Spiders

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Ever wonder how spiders end up on remote islands? In this infographic and science illustration collaboration with Editor Daisy Chung, I explain how spider silk, electrostatic force, and a light breeze disperse spiders across the globe

National Geographic

AMI #28

Page 146

medical illustration of 3D model stem cells in microscope view.  Stem, cell, cellular, molecular, pluripotent, regeneration, medicine, small, bone, marrow, blood, skin, fat, molecular, omnipotent, model, Zbrush, environment, device, pharma, pharmacology, therapy, immune, disease, management, web, publishing,
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medical illustration of Neuron journal cover, editorial conceptual illustration depicting medical imaging visualizing the brain in ways that traditional physical anatomic techniques could not.  Cartoon comic style for neuro research manuscript
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Profile

Mesa Studios is a boutique illustration and animation studio specializing in medical, scientific, and information visualization. Our mission is to serve as a bridge between science and audience, helping translate information into clear visual communication. Principal artist Mesa Schumacher holds a science degree from Stanford, and a Masters in Biomedical Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and has over 10 years working experience in science art. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, Scientific American, Cell, Neuron, for Pharmaceuticals, Medical device companies, Academic institutions, Hospitals, Zoos, Aquariums, Museums, and for private research clients.

Style/Techniques

Animation, Black & White, Cartoon, Color, Design, Information Graphics, Line, Line with Color, 3D, Video

Subject/Specialties

Allergy / Immunology, Anatomy, Biology, Biotechnology, Botany, Cardiac Surgery / Cardiology, Cell biology / Histology, Dermatology, Disease Management, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology / Metabolic, Gastroenterology, General Medicine, General Surgery, Genetics, Medical Devices, Molecular Biology, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy, Reconstructive Surgery, Portraits, Respiratory, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Virology, Zoology, Injuries, Oncology, Mechanism of Action (MOA), Health & Wellness, Pathology, Plastic Surgery, Sports Medicine