2012 Biological Photo Contest

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This page showcases the entries to the 2012 Biological Photo Contest. Voting will commence in the week preceding the Grad Symposium with winners announced at the end of the Symposium. To enter, send your full resolution photo and caption to james.mickley@gmail.com and it will be put on this page.

Grad Student Entries

Photo by Brigette Zacharczenko
A wasp guards her nest under a leaf in Ecuador. When you are expecting strange tropical species at every turn, it is comforting to see a scene so reminiscent of home. - Brigette Zacharczenko
Photo by Laura Cisneros
Eleven at night on the 12th of September, 2009, I found myself walking alone on a cloudless night in a warm, humid, tropical forest. What seemed to be just another ordinary moment quickly turn to one of great elation! At first sight of your green eyes, yellow skin, and wrinkly face my heart began to flutter. Oh, Centurio senex, the moment we shared was brief but the thought of your musky odor and extraordinary neck skin flaps still bring a smile to my face today. - Laura Cisneros
Photo by James Mickley
This is a very old northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont. This species holds the record for the oldest trees in eastern North America and can live over 1000 years. While the age of this specimen isn't known, it was already a very old tree in the late 1800s. - James Mickley
Photo by Diego Sustaita
Sunrise over the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, California. Imagine this: After a long day of field work you drive all night to arrive at your next field site. You toss and turn all night in the back of your truck, tortured by doubts and insecurities about the quality and quantity of your data. You manage a few short bouts of sleep, and when you wake up you see it: the light at the end of your thesis..... - Diego Sustaita
Photo by Alejandro Rico Guevara
They are the ones who see empires rise and fall. Spiny Whorltail Iguana (Stenocercus crassicaudatus), guess where! - Alejandro Rico Guevara
Photo by Russ Meister
This photo was taken in the Una Biological Reserve in Bahia, Brazil. Searching through the forest for Golden Headed Lion Tamarins, during a brief break in the rain, I saw what looked like an oddly colored bud on this plant. On closer inspection, I realized it was a spider. August 2011, midday. I haven't identified this yet, so if you have any ideas, email me! - Russ Meister

Faculty/Postdoc Entries

Photo by Chris Simon
Kikihia "northwestlandica" male (Left) and female (R) from Matakitaki Bridge Scenic Reserve, Murchison, South Island, New Zealand. These cicadas are likely to have some genes introgressed from a more northerly distributed South Island species, Kikihia "nelsonensis". - Chris Simon
Photo by Paul Lewis
Tragopogon dubious photographed during the 2005 Connecticut BioBlitz held at Two Rivers Magnet School, East Hartford, CT. - Paul Lewis
Photo by Jane Carlson
'Cape Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion pumilum subsp. pumilum) climbing down a Protea repens stem in Kleinmond Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa. - Jane Carlson
Photo by Andrew Bush
My grandmother picked this up when she lived in the Philippines many years ago. - Andrew Bush
Photo by Robert Colwell
Baby Masai Giraffe, after nursing, Arusha N. P., Tanzania, 2011: Wipe my drool, please, Mom? - Robert Colwell
Photo by Ben Price
Itsy Bitsy - I found this unidentified spider in my garden in South Africa. Without a dedicated macro lens I had to make do by getting as close as possible, resulting in way too much flash. Luckily the kitchen was close by and I converted a plastic chopping board into a makeshift diffuser. It was summer so I was being eaten alive by mosquitoes, but I took solace in the knowledge that my subject would soon be returning the favour! - Ben Price