2021 AMI Online Salon

Physical, Dietary, and Reproductive Comparison of Rattus rattus and Rattus norvegicus

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Ashley Mastin
  • Other Contributors:  Lucy McCroskey
  • Client: Professor Leon Radix
  • Copyright: Ashley Mastin & Lucy McCroskey, 2020
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: PowerPoint Graphic for Lecture and Printed Poster
  • Primary Audience: Students in Biology, Ecology, Conservation Department, and Wildlife Studies program

Project Description

This project represents the collaborative nature of our positions as remote interns for the Center for BioMedical Visualization at St. George’s University. The School of Arts and Sciences is often underserved and the goal of the internship was to strengthen visual communication support for the Biology, Ecology and Conservation Departments and beyond. The artistic purpose of this piece was to use the Adobe creative suite and other resources to collaborate with another illustrator in a remote context. We each focused on a specific rat species and combined our efforts to create graphics to be used in the classroom and on a poster that also compares and contrasts breeding pattern, habitat, and diet between the two rats. The educational purpose is to show and describe the physical differences between two rodent species now native to the island of Grenada, where the University is physically located in the West Indies.