Visuals are a powerful communication tool, and as such are an integral part of a thriving research program. Too often the visual component of research is treated as an afterthought, thus limiting the impact of complex research to a small community of dedicated colleagues.
My interests lie in acting as a bridge between research scientists and their various audiences: their colleagues in the scientific community, their students, the media, and the general public. By creating intriguing, intuitive imagery targeted to the right audience, scientists can make their research both interesting and accessible, ultimately leading to a more engaged and scientifically literate public.
Kalliopi Monoyios graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor's Degree in Geology. For eleven years, she worked at The University of Chicago as a scientific illustrator and public outreach coordinator in Neil Shubin's lab. It is this collaboration that taught her the critical interplay between high-quality scientific research and compelling visuals that effectively communicate complex concepts to a targeted audience. In addition to illustrating numerous scientific papers for publication in peer-review journals such as Nature and Science, she has developed websites showcasing researchers' work, advised and illustrated press releases, and collaborated on two popular non-fiction science books, Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin (Knopf, 2008) and Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne (Viking, 2009). She is currently illustrating Shubin's second book, slated for publication in January of 2013.
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The Huffington Post cites a post I wrote on Pinterest's Terms of Service as being instrumental in getting them to change their terms of service: Pinterest Terms Of Service Get Updated; The Huffington Post by Courteney Palis, Mar. 26, 2012
Artists help push science forward; University of Chicago feature by Steve Koppes, Nov. 2011
Artist visualizes love of science; The Charlotte Observer by Tyler Dukes, Apr. 7, 2012