2013 Biological Photo Contest

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This page showcases the entries to the 2013 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 william.ryerson@uconn.edu and it will be put on this page.


Photo by Hamid Razifard
Phylogenetic tree of tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum), drawn using neighbor-joining method. The tree illustrates the evolutionary history of tomatoes in the simplest form ever, so that even Bill Ryerson will understand (in response to his picture caption in Grad Symposium 2012) - Hamid Razifard
Photo by Kerri Mocko
From one of the miniature plants of South Africa’s Knersvlakte, these immature leaves stand less than 2 inches tall. Yet as they mature, they transform from folded ribbons to crimped extensions to long and flattened, fully-expanded leaves with only an occasional wrinkle, pointing out from the quartz gravel like TV antennae! - Kerri Mocko
Photo by Lily Lewis
Flying along the dog sled paths of McCarthy, Alaska, a tiny fly is attracted to the enticing sulphuric odors, of which it expects will lead to a fresh pile of dung. Upon arrival, disappointment settles in as the fly realizes it has been duped by some stinky plant, the common dung moss, or Tetraplodon mnioides. A quick rest atop the dark purplish-red sporophytes of the dung moss, and the fly is off to find a real pile of dung. Little does the fly know, that it has been recruited for the dispersal of the bright yellow spores of the common dung moss. - Lily Lewis


Photo by Bill Ryerson
I don't know what Hamid is going on about. THIS is neighbor joining, and now its a party. - Bill Ryerson
Photo by Colin Carlson
A sally light-foot crab (Grapsus grapsus) living a very comfortable life in the Galapagos Islands. - Colin Carlson
Photo by Kurt Schwenk
Bill, please enter my photo in the 'Plant' category. Thanks, Kurt - Kurt Schwenk


Photo by Holly Brown
Bromeliad on a Mountain: A "Home" Plant

Here at Cuerici Estación Biológica, bromeliads are not just house plants, they are at home, in their native ranges. - Holly Brown

Photo by Alyssa Borowske
In Maori, the name for New Zealand is Aotearoa, or "Land of the long white cloud." After seeing more rainbows during a year in New Zealand than during the rest of my life combined, I got the sense that the name could aptly be "Aotearainbow," instead. - Alyssa Borowske