In February 2015 my illustration Juan Fernandez firecrown and cabage tree (Sephanoides fernandensis & Dendroseris litoralis) has received one of the ten awards (illustration category) by the prestigious National Science Foundation and Popular Science in the Vizzies (Visualization Challenge). A meeting that rewards the most outstanding visuals in the world of science in 2015.
During two rounds, experts in science and visual representation of the National Science Foundation and Popular Science, meticulously judged 303 entries, selecting 50 finalists, 10 in each category. The choice of the 10 best works was made considering the scientific accuracy, artistic merits and communication excellence. Each of the winners was vetted for accuracy by independent experts.
The Juan Fernández firecrown, Sephanoides fernandensis, is a hummingbird endemic to Robinson Crusoe Island, located in Chile, in the archipelago of Juan Fernandez, designated as a National Park in 1935 and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1977.
This species shows one of the highest levels of sexual dimorphism (difference between males and females of the same species), of all the hummingbirds in the world. They feed on the nectar of several plant like Dendroseris litoralis, tree belonging to the Asteraceae family which is also endemic to the Juan Fernandez Islands. Both are critically endangered according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
In March 2015 a new species for science, Croton amentiformis (Euphorbiaceae), is discovered in a remote area between Peru and Ecuador and now is published.
Dr. Ricarda Riina project manager, invited me to participate in the discovery, and commissioned me the first scientific illustration of the plant.
If you want to find out more:
Riina, R. et al. (2015). A new species of dragon’s blood Croton (Euphorbiaceae) from South America with singular inflorescences. Webbia: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography.
On 2nd of November, 2015 was published the volume IX (Rhamnaceae-Polygalaceae) of Flora Iberica.
In this volume have collaborated 20 authors and are described 19 families, 36 genera and 167 species.
This volume presents 92 original plates and 21 figures of which I am author of 70 plates and 12 figures.
Congratulations to everyone!