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medical illustration of Winds blowing from the north move surface waters offshore, driven by the earth’s west-to-east rotation (the Coriolis effect). As warmer waters move west, nutrient-rich colder waters are drawn to the surface, feeding tiny zooplankton and giant humpback whales alike. Rendered in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Published in
medical illustration of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Produced for an earth science textbook for EPS/McGraw Hill.
medical illustration of Hot, humid air rises at the equator and then travels northward or southward, eventually cooling and sinking at about 30°N and 30°S. This is called Hadley circulation. Subtropical jets travel east-to-west beyond the cool edges of each Hadley cell (as shown). During El Niño, excess heating in the tropics can strengthen air flow toward the poles, pushing subtropical jets out of their usual position—often bringing more storms across the southern U.S. Keywords: weather, climate, Adobe Illustrator
medical illustration of Color, Information Graphics, 3D, Education, Museum / Zoo, Publishing, Technology, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature
medical illustration of Rendered in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for a college-level climate and earth science textbook. Other keywords: weather, sky fog, cirrus, stratus, cumulus.
medical illustration of Plankton helps to support reefs, tides, and other reefal currents sweep past and bring a supply of fresh plankton. The rain of plankton on to the windward face of coral reefs faces a “wall of mouths” of planktivorous fishes that firstly capture that food source then remineralize it to subsidize nutrient pathways on the reefs themselves.

Produced for an educational textbook using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
medical illustration of Graphical abstract. Adobe Illustrator.
medical illustration of (a) Examples of acoustic tools (solid circled numbers with curved yellow lines indicating acoustic waves) and the wide variety of animals (open circled numbers) that they can be used to study, ranging from zooplankton to marine mammals. (b) An example of acoustic data, representing the shaded rectangle in panel a. (Rendered/edited in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, published in the Annual Review of Marine Science v8.)
medical illustration of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Rendered for the Annual Review of Marine Science v3.
medical illustration of Rendered in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
medical illustration of Colorful rendering of DNA intended for consumer publications. Vector artwork created in Adobe Illustrator. Can be customized per client request.
medical illustration of Cytoadhesion and antigenic variation by Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites. Rendered in Adobe Illustrator. Published in Deitsch and Dzikowski (2017). Annual Review of Microbiology v71.
medical illustration of Dietary nutrients are sensed along the intestinal epithelium via taste receptor–expressing sensory cells that form part of the enteroendocrine system. The stimulation of these cells results in the release of gut peptides that influence the hunger-satiety cycle. Once released, gut peptides can function locally in a paracrine fashion, systemically via an endocrine effect using blood distribution, or via synapsis with the neuropods of the vagal nerve. Rendered in Adobe Illustrator.
medical illustration of Conceptual framework for the interplay of stress exposure and mitochondrial alterations via the inflammatory and endocrine systems, which increases the risk of pathological states in vulnerable populations. Abbreviations: ccf-mtDNA, circulating cell-free mtDNA; mtDNA, mitochondrial DNA; mtDNAcn, mtDNA copy number; ROS, reactive oxygen species. Rendered in Adobe Illustrator.
medical illustration of Processes that eventually can lead to the eradication of chemotherapy-resistant tumor cells. Rendered in Adobe Illustrator. Published in Kroemer et al. (2013) in the Annual Review of Immunology v31.
medical illustration of Shown is an overview of the fundamental choices of how and what to feed preterm compared to term infants. The combination of immature intestinal digestive and immune function increases the risk for NEC, which can lead to intestinal resection and SBS. Prolonged parenteral nutrition resulting from GI disease (SBS) or other clinical morbidities increases the risk for PNALD. Rendered in Adobe Illustrator. Published in Burrin et al. (2020), Annual Review of Animal Biosciences v8.
medical illustration of (Right) Sufficient levels of vitamin D, a diverse microbiota, and oral allergen exposure support the development of tolerance. (Left) Conversely, allergic sensitization is promoted through cutaneous exposure, reduced diversity of the microbiota, and vitamin D deficiency. Rendered in Adobe Illustrator. Redrawn with permission from Du Toit et al. (2018); copyright 2018 Elsevier. Published in Lack et al. (2020) in the Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology v36.
medical illustration of Intestinal mucosal adaptation to total parental nutrition (TPN) and intestinal resection. Illustrated is the influence of TPN, a common clinical practice in hospitalized preterm infants. Also shown is the influence of surgical resection of intestine, which occurs due to congenital and acquired GI diseases. Rendered in Adobe Illustrator. Published in Burrin et al. (2020) in the Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology v8.
medical illustration of Geophagic earth may protect against toxins and pathogens by (a) strengthening the mucosal layer by binding with mucin and/or stimulating mucin production, thereby reducing the permeability of the gut wall, and (b) binding to toxins and pathogens directly, thereby rendering them unabsorbable by the gut. SEM photo insets kindly provided by Evelyne Delbos of the Macaulay Institute. Artwork rendered in Adobe Illustrator. Published in Young (2010) in the Annual Review of Nutrition v30.
medical illustration of The relevant anatomical structures are contained within the dura mater and consist of the brain tissue, the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) space, and the cerebrovascular system (not shown). Rendered in Adobe Illustrator. Published in Heldt et al. (2019), Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering v21.
medical illustration of Circuit diagrams on the right present an extremely simplified view of the brain, illustrating targets of optogenetic intervention... (a) When a fly approaches odor No. 5, an attractant, dopaminergic modulatory neurons carrying aversive reinforcement signals are optogenetically activated. (b) This intervention results in a lasting remapping of the state “presence of odor No. 5” onto the action “avoidance”. Adobe Illustrator. Published in Miesenböck (2011), Annu. Rev. Cell Dev. Biol. v27.
medical illustration of Butterfly found in a backyard. Acrylic on illustration board.
medical illustration of Rendered in Adobe Illustrator.
medical illustration of (Left) Paracalanid copepod. (Right) Cyclopoid copepod. Part of a larger graphical abstract about plankton community structure off NW Australia. McKinnon et al. 2014. Rendered in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
medical illustration of Diversity among cichlid fish. (Top) Mchenga conophorus. (Middle) Unconfirmed species. (Bottom) Orange blotch morph of Labeotropheus fuelleborni. Rendered in Adobe Illustrator. Published in Martin et al. (2020), Annual Review of Ecology v50.
medical illustration of Adobe Illustrator. Published as part of a larger figure in McKinnon et al. (2014), Annual Review of Marine Science v6.
medical illustration of Part of a larger figure about regeneration genetics. Rendered in Adobe Illustrator. Published in Chen and Poss (2017), Annual Review of Genetics v51.
medical illustration of Part of a series of illustrations of eucalyptus and manuka flowers for honey labels. Rendered in Adobe Photoshop.
medical illustration of Rendered in Adobe Illustrator.
medical illustration of Part of a larger figure about lifespan changes in brain to behavior mappings shaped by interactions among processes related to maturation, learning (e.g., music), and senescence. Rendered in Adobe Illustrator. Published in Lindenberger and Lövden (2019), Annual Review of Developmental Psychology v1.
medical illustration of Pen and ink on illustration board.
medical illustration of Graphite on bristol board.
medical illustration of Rendered in Adobe Illustrator in a vintage pen-and-ink style. One of a series of illustrations for Dr. Stephanie Mohr's book, First in Fly, published in March 2018. A fly-pushing station is used by geneticists to study mutations in fruit flies. Carbon dioxide is used to anesthetize the flies. The flies are then gently poured from the vial onto the fly pad, under bright white lights, where they can be viewed under the microscope.
medical illustration of This artwork was contracted by geneticist and lecturer at Harvard University, Dr. Stephanie Mohr, to serve as a banner on her Twitter page. After much deliberation, she chose two flying flies from my collection of thumbnail sketches, saying they appeared the most dynamic and
medical illustration of Adult female. Body is organized in three main regions: head, thorax, and abdomen. Fruit flies have two wings and a pair of halteres (drumstick-shaped structures at the base of the wings that are thought to help with balance). Rendered in Adobe Illustrator in a vintage pen-and-ink style. One of a series of illustrations for Dr. Stephanie Mohr's book, First in Fly, published in March 2018.
medical illustration of Death cap mushrooms contain a deadly toxin called alpha-amanitin. Researchers have found that some wild strains of Drosophila are resistant to the toxin. Rendered in Adobe Illustrator in a vintage pen-and-ink style. One of a series of illustrations for Dr. Stephanie Mohr's book, First in Fly, published in March 2018.
medical illustration of A homemade fly trap made with a bottle and paper cone. Good baits for catching Drosophila include apple juice, wine, or vinegar, or small bits of overripe fruits. Rendered in Adobe Illustrator in a vintage pen-and-ink style. One of a series of illustrations for Dr. Stephanie Mohr's book, First in Fly, published in March 2018.

Profile

Visualizing Science is the principle studio of Fiona Martin, Creative Director, Science Illustrator, and Designer. Fiona earned a B.S. in Marine Biology and a graduate certificate in Science Illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Upon graduation she completed internships with the Channel Islands National Park in California, and Electronic Publishing Company in New York City. She's now had 15 successful years illustrating and designing for a wide range of clients, as well as serving as a Senior Illustration Editor at Annual Reviews. Specialties include vector illustration, pen-and-ink, infographics, and layout design. Fiona was born with a genetic hearing loss, though this has only made her more acutely aware of the need for visual communication. She's a fighter—a creative problem-solver, patient, hard-working, and detail-oriented. Fiona is most inspired by the way graphics and illustrations serve as a universal language—facilitating communication among scientists, decision-makers, students, and the public. Whether you need help with illustrations, infographics, graphs, or layouts, Visualizing Science is your ally.

Style/Techniques

Black & White, Color, Information Graphics, Line, Line with Color, 3D

Subject/Specialties

Allergy / Immunology, Alternative Medicine, Anatomy, Biology, Botany, Cell biology / Histology, Disease Management, Endocrinology / Metabolic, Entomology, Gastroenterology, General Medicine, Genetics, Maternal / Child, Medical Devices, Molecular Biology, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics / Gynecology, Pediatrics, Reproductive Biology, Virology, Zoology, Injuries, Oncology, Health & Wellness, Pathology