Each year, the Faculty of Science produces the Science As Art calendar. This calendar showcases the creative eyes of our Faculty’s students, faculty, staff and alumni as captured by the lenses of their cameras, observed through their microscopes, or created using mathematical formulas and computer simulations. The calendar also highlights various students, faculty members and alumni who are contributing both to the university, and, more broadly, to the world of science, as well as changes happening within the Faculty of Science.

If you missed your chance to submit your photo or image, please watch for your opportunity in January 2013.

Students, staff, faculty and alumni are invited to vote for their favourite images on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of the Life Sciences Building (outside the food court, third floor). A special evening reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. in the same location. Please contact Dawna MacIvor, Alumni and Donor Relations Officer, if you are interested in attending the evening event.

Online voting is being done this year for the first time. It will take place between March 19 and 23, 2012. Please watch your e-mail for a link to the voting site – watch your spam or junk folder so you don’t miss your opportunity. If you do not receive an e-mail on Monday, March 19, 2012, with information about how to vote online, please contact:

Dawna MacIvor
Alumni and Donor Relations Officer, Faculty of Science
(902) 494-8443

As well, take a moment to update your contact information so you don’t miss out in future opportunities like this.

Please note that votes for specific images made in the comments will not be recorded, so please make sure you vote online, or on campus!

And now, the submissions for 2013:

Click on the image to see a larger version. Copyright for each photo is with the photographer – please do not use or republish without their permission.


Contoured Ice
by Mary Anne White, Faculty, Department of Chemistry
Many freeze-thaw cycles over several days caused ice to form and recede, leaving ridges that resemble contour lines.


Deep Thought
by Bryan Bendle, Alumnus, BSc Chemistry, 2004
Captive elephants have been a very hot and very public topic recently. Currently, there are plans to remove the three remaining elephants from the Toronto Zoo to a California sanctuary. I enjoy the feeling of age and intelligence, concentration and reflection that the elephant expresses.


by Amanda Rolfe, 3rd year Neuroscience/Biology student, 2014
For someone who never had much of an interest in flowers, once I got my new camera I became obsessed with capturing their beauty. The petal formation in this photo always catches my eye.


Slithering Seawards
by Navid Rahemtull, 2nd year Marine Biology student, 2014
An invertebrate crawling along the benthos during low tide. I believe it brings a fresh perspective on organism and habitat diversity to that which we already know.


The Heart of the Plant
by Hongxia Liu, Research Associate, Department of Biology
This is a developmental stage of Arabidopsis, a model plant, embryo. The shape is a perfect heart.


Beauty Before the Beast
by Beth Hudson, Alumna, BSc Biology, 2008
This photograph represents my love for the beauty of nature. Canoeing home, the thunder grew louder and louder. The dark clouds rolled in and a rainbow was cast above the treeline. We made it back to our site before the torrential rain, hail, and thunder and lightning storm began. It was a beautiful progression of a fierce storm.


The Psychadelic Brain
by Tim Bardouille, Alumnus, MSc Physics, 1999
 This image originally appeared due to an error in code for manipulating functional neuroimaging maps. We pushed the result further into the realm of art.


 The Wet Collections
by Chloe Malinka, 3rd year honours Co-Op: Marine Biology and Oceanography student, 2013
I wanted to share the most amazing natural history museum with Dalhousie, the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany. This collection houses 276,000 vials containing approximatedly 1,000,000 animals! 


 Nagasaki Night Sky
by Sunny Shaffner, Alumna, BSc Psychology, 2011
This picture shows the brilliant colours present in the sky in the evening as the sun sets. 


 Love At First Sight
by Stanley King, PhD Biology student, 2013
A mating pair of three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). The male (bottom) produces vibrant breeding colours in the early summer to attract a female partner (top), including a red belly and bright blue eyes. 


Pink Duo
by Carol Morrison, Alumna, MSc Biology, 1968, and PhD Biology, 1971
As a biologist, I have always enjoyed wandering through the countryside, observing nature and thought other people might enjoy these toadstools I found in the woods on my property. 


Field Camp in the High Arctic
by Derrick Midwinter, 4th year Honours BSc Earth Sciences, 2012
Isolated tent on Ellesmere Island, a pristine location to conduct geological research. 


by Autumn Meek, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry
Bubbles demonstrate both transparency (the visible tree) and reflection (the sky and house) simultaneously, making for unique photographs. 


South Georgia Pipit Chick in Nest
by Glenn Crossin, Staff, Ocean Tracking Network
A peek into a pipit nest, deep within a tussock meadow, reveals a developing chick. The South Georgia pipit is the world’s most southerly songbird species, roughing out Antarctic winters and summers. 


 Raja Ampat
by Tyler Eddy, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Biology
Raja Ampat means “Four Kings” in Bahasa. It is an archipelago found off the coast of Papua, the eastern region of Indonesia. Raja Ampat is considered the marine biodiversity centre of the world, with over 1,000 species of coral and 3,000 species of fish. Thanks to the efforts of conversation organizations, the amazing waters of Raja Ampat and its inhabitants are largely protected in marine reserves. 


Silver Wisp
by Kevin Lynch, Alumnus, Microbiology & Immunology  and Biochemistry, 1994
The simple transformative beauty of autumn displayed by an ornamental grass. Anyone who has had an opportunity to hear its susurration as it sways with a breeze will understand the peacefulness it evokes. 


 Hale’akala – House of the Sun
by Rebecca Jamieson, Faculty, Department of Earth Sciences
Cinder cone in side the Haleakala caldera, island of Maui, Hawai’i. Truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. 


 Pura Vida
by Clair Evers, 3rd year Marine Biology and Sustainability Co-Op student, 2014
I took this photo during my co-op work term in Costa Rica. This is a view from camp on Playa Caletas and it features one of our largest iguana friends. I think this image captures the beauty of Costa Rica as it radiates the the sunlight a couple of weeks before the rainy season started. The title is one of Costa Rica’s most popular phrases, which translates to “pure life.” 


Water Drop
by Gerhard Stroink, Faculty, Department of Physics
The dramatic event of a simple drop. 


A Tesselation of Trees
by Karyn McLellan, PhD Mathematics and Statistics student, 2012
A photograph of trees taken in Burnaby, BC, appears in the lower right corner. A tessellation is created by flipping the image over horizontal and vertical symmetry lines. Mathematics used to create art! 


First Date
by Erin Murray, Alumna, BSc Physics, 2010
Using a long exposure time and glow sticks taped to our arms and legs, we captured the motion of walking and running. 


Toy Vendor
by Martina Kluge, Alumna, BSc Marine Biology, 2007
It is symbolic and a common sight in India. It shows how poverty has not affected happiness and there is a special link between poverty and appreciation for the small. 


Porthole into the Unknown
by Jackie Lighten, PhD Biology student, 2014
This image is analogous to the challenges facing our understanding of marine ecosystems; not only is our spatial perception limited by the difficulties in surveying vast areas of ocean systems, but also is our visual ability to understand ecosystem interactions, through lack of ability to access the depths. 


 Two Bees in a Flower
by Chelsea Quinlan, PhD Experimental Psychology student, 2014
Bees help to complete the circle of life by pollinating flowers, while they gather nectar to eat and pollen to feed their young. I like the vibrant colours of this photo and I appreciate the patience it took for me to capture a photo of two bees pollinating a single flower. 


Snow Frosting
by Lynda Moffatt, Alumna, BSc Psychology, 1974
Snow covered mountainside following a new snowfall. This photo illustrates that Cape Breton is stunning all year round. Truly amazing place to be! 


 Under a Midnight Sun
by Tim Juckes, Faculty, Department of Psychology
The arctic summer is a non-stop display of nature’s industry and colour. 


 Lake Minnewanka, Banff, AB
by Stephen Price, Staff, Department of Psychology
It was my first visit to this part of Canada. The grand scale of the landscape, represented by the figure in the photo, inspired awe. 


Actias Luna
by Julie Longard, Alumna, BSc (Hons) Psychology, 2009; Staff, Department of Psychology
This is a photo of a pencil drawing I did of leaves forming the shape of the luna moth, illustrating the beauty of nature. 


Great White Shark
by Fred Whoriskey, Faculty, Department of Biology
One of the resident Great Whites in this Mossel Bay area. A potential future research subject of OTN partner ocean research, who are based in Mossel Bay. OTN is establishing and acoustic telemetry line here to work with South African partners and their “fish friends” 


 Baby Pilot Whale Playing Around
by Joana Augusto, Alumna, PhD Biology, 2013
Pilot whales can be extremely playful, especially when they’re babies. This little guy was playing with the water really close to the boat. 


View From the Highest Point On Earth, Dubai, UAE
by Yusraa Tadj, 1st year Science student, 2015
I found the view breathtaking when I first saw it. It seemed as a Lego city and so I wanted to capture the moment and share it with everyone. (View from Burj Khalifa)


Face Built with Nanotubes
by Hafeez Anwar, PhD Physics student, 2012
Carbon nanotubes are very fascinating and promising material and it is of interest for the scientific community. This was taken using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) 


by Felicity Crotty, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Biology
Soil mites are vital to soil health. This picture illustrates the beauty of the Phthiracasidae oribatid mites.


Internal Waves in the St Lawrence Estuary
by Clark Richards, PhD Oceanography student, 2012
The image depicts various signals obtained from an acoustic instrument deployed on the bottom at a location in the St Lawrence Estuary. The features observed are a phenomenon known as “internal waves,” which are waves that exist below the ocean surface when variations of density (due to temperature and salinity) produce a vertical stratification. Believed to be important to ocean mixing, these internal waves may have implications for local ecosystems by mixing nutrients to the surface, by suspending sediment, and by setting the physical water properties of the estuary.  


Eagle Summit
by Arisha Grabtchak, 1st year BSc Biology student, 2015
This is one of British Columbia’s most striking predatory birds, the Bald Eagle. 


 Fractal Fungi
by Richard Nowakowski, Faculty, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Nature often uses a branching process that behaves like a fractal. This photo has fungi with three different fractals. 


Death Becomes the Lace Plant
by Adrian Dauphinee, 1st year MSc Biology student
The lace plant is an aquatic monocot endemic to the river systems of Madagascar. It is one of the few known species to develop a complex leaf morphology via developmentally regulated programmed cell death (PCD). The leaves of the lace plant develop in a heteroblastic series. New plants typically develop three juvenile leaves, which do not form perforations. The leaves which develop subsequently are considered adult leaves and emerge from the corm with red anthocyanin pigmentation. As they mature, the red colour fades and PCD is employed to delete cells between the vasculature. I chose this photograph because it exhibits the pattern of lace plant leaf development. The images has been cropped carefully in Photoshop, each perforation was cleared individually and the background was designed in Illustrator. 


 Not Just for Colouring
by Charlene Parker, MSc Experimental Psychology student, 2013
By adding a bit of heat, you can use crayons to create art in a whole new way. Inverting the image adds a new perspective. 


 Still Life With Snow
by Hussien Ali, Graduate Student, Earth Sciences, 2015; and Dr Shannon Sterling, Faculty, Earth Science and Environmental Science Program.
It was taken in Moira Creek where water quality is being monitored by the hydrologic systems research group. It depicts well the state of the creek and surrounding forest. 


Red Lionfish
by Paul Bentzen, Faculty, Department of Biology
The beautiful but dangerous red lionfish is a rare example of an invasive marine fish. Native to the Indo-Pacific, it has recently become established in the Caribbean, where its venomous spines deter most predators, and the small reef fishes on which it preys lack an evolved awareness of the danger it presents. 


 Nuts About Peanuts
by Carolyn Liggins, Alumna, BSc Applied Science, 1977
Blue jays eagerly dive for peanuts as soon as they are added to the bird feeder. They like to bury them under the soil for later consumption. 


 Neuron Pollock
by Lori Borgal, Alumna, BSc Neuroscience, 2003, and MSc Anatomy and Neurobiology, 2003; with Linus Volker and Martin Hohne
Movements of neurons in culture. Still images taken over 18 hours and processed using Temporal-Colour Code function of Fiji. 


 A Window Into Death
by Christina Lord, PhD Biology student, 2013
The lace plant is an aquatic monocot endemic to the river systems of Madagascar. The lace plant undergoes programmed cell death (PCD) between longitudinal and transverse veins (designating the ‘window’), creating a lace-like pattern over the entire leaf surface. PCD stops four to five cells from the vasculature creating a strip of control cell that will never undergo PCD; these cells are pink in colour due to the pigment anthocyanin found within their vacuoles. The next layer of cells in are markedly green in colour due to the pigment chlorophyll and are in the early stages of PCD. The cleared cells in the centre are in the later stages of PCD and will soon die and break away from the tissue. I chose this photo because I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of the colours between anthocyanin and chlorophyll. 


by Felix Kannemann, PhD Chemistry student, 2012
This cloud formation illuminated by a full moon bears resemblance to planetary nebulae from outer space. I have selected it for its ambiguous and evocative imagery. 


by Melissa Wartman, 4th year Marine Biology/Oceanography student
Taken on a hike while on vacation in Florida. I chose this photo because it really jumped out at me! 


by Rod Day, Alumnus, BSc Earth Sciences, 2004
I chose this photo as I like how the Great Horned owl chick is staring at the camera and how the background is out of focus, and how soft and sharp the feathers look. 


 Sunset on the Arabian Sea
by Ashwin Kutty, Alumnus, BSc Computer Science (Faculty of Science), 1999
The photo speaks to the natural essence that remains in this unbridled atmosphere where humans keep hurdling through it. Whether we enjoy this or pass right through it, it remains to be the choice of the traveler. The Faculty of Science and Dalhousie to me was an experience similar in nature and as we see our lives through our learning environments, whether or not this will be an exploration or a fleeting moment, remains a choice each of our own. The lives we lead will be defined by the imprints we carry; my university tenure certainly happened to be one of them. 


Outstanding in the Field
by Melinda Thilakanathna, PhD Biology student, 2013
The red clover plant is capable of fixing atmospheric nitrogen and transfer part of the fixed nitrogen to the neighbouring grasses. 


 Lichen It
by Marina Milligan, MSc Biology student, 2012
Lichen are the product of an intricate symbiosis between fungi and algae. They are extremely hardy, yet also very delicate. This picture shows the red Cladonia spp