The Second Annual Savage Image Award 2010 Submissions

Below are the submissions for our second annual Robert Savage Image Award.
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Taken during Bio 002 photosynthesis lab. Pyrex dishes of solution with ten disk sections from Ficus elastica Robusta leaves, illuminated from below. As gas bubbles form within the disks, they become buoyant and begin to pirouette through the solution.


Spring flowers just after a summer thunderstorm, helping to relieve the state of Georgia of its year long drought. The reflective raindrops are clinging to the pink petals.


Sand Dollar in the waves of Bahía Santa Maria near Puerto San Carlos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.


Scanning electron micrograph of a developing mutant corn tassel. (bar = 500 um)

This is a video I took with my camera while in Venice. While searching for a Gondola to ride, I happened across two adorable seagulls who were conversing rather happily. That is, until I was forcibly brought back into the cruel world of biology, where my feeble attempts at personification hold no ground.


Goldentail Moray Eel (Gymnothorax miliaris) hiding amongst the Orange Sun Coral on a patch reef in Saba, Netherlands Antilles.


Inner cell mass of the inner ear of a mouse embryo with the genotype: TopCre;eGFP;SmoLox p/- taken with a fluorescence microscope.


Pictured is a chick, halfway through hatching. It is sitting in an incubator, surrounded by the eggs and empty shells of its siblings. Each week my seminar hatched about 100 chickens, and I always loved watching the chicks emerge from their eggshells.


Confocal microscopy at 63X magnification of the tentacle of Aiptasia pallida 7 days after infection with its algal symbiont, zooxanthellae. The image is biologically stunning for two reasons: 1) It shows 3 distinct clusters of zooxanthellae, demonstrating cell division within the tentacles to populate the gastroderm of the sea anemone. 2) It suggests a novel biomechanical method by which zooxanthellae move from the oral disc (mouth) outwards into the tentacles. The dark spaces around the edges of the gastroderm are empty spaces in which a pair of zooxanthellae appear to be migrating towards the tip of the tentacle (as if on a highway). Green fluorescence marks the presence of phosphorylated-ERM (ezrin, radixin, moesin), a family of cytoskeletal adhesion proteins with a possible role in reshaping the cytoskeleton during infection or expulsion of zooxanthellae.


Cotinis mutabilis, commonly known as the figeater beetle thrives on very ripe or ripe fruits during the summer months. They can be identified by their iridescent green on their sides and underbelly. This photo captured a group of figeater beetles decimating a small peach.


Tentacles of a sea anemone, Aiptasia pallida, that have been stained with anti-ERM primary antibody and donkey-anti-rabbit A488 secondary antibody. The experiment focused on trying to characterize the cytoskeletal changes that may be occurring as the host houses the symbionts. The red indicates the intracellular zooxanthellae, Symbiodinium. The bright, green dots represent ERM, a cytoskeletal protein.The image was visualized using confocal microscopy.


SEM photograph of cellar spider (family Pholcidae) silk wrapped around a cricket carcass.


This photo was taken during my study abroad semester in Australia in Fall 2009. I encountered this lizard during a day of botanical field work. It is a Boyd's Forest Dragon (Hypsilurus boydii), a species found only in the rainforests of Northern Queensland.


Title: White Violets. Caption: This Punnett square is made from purple, lavender, and white violets from a single patch in Swarthmore. It proposes a simple genetic mechanism for the white violet phenotype. Because in reality the relative numbers of these three shades of violet are not the classic Mendelian ratio of 1:2:1, the true mechanism is probably slightly more complicated.


Confocal image of a tentacle of the symbiotic anemone Aiptasia pallida. Zooxanthellae autofluoresce red in the anemone's gastrodermal cells. Replicating nuclei are labeled with EdU (cyan) and all nuclei are stained with TOTO (green).


Drosophila melanogaster post recent dissection to isolate its intact brain. Head cuticle and other extraneous tissue were removed using two self-honed microforceps. Brain and thoracic ganglion were later completely separated and stained with primary and secondary antibodies for confocal imaging of colocalized expression of neurotransmitters associated with olfactory perception and courtship behavior.

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