2019 AMI Online Salon

Nudibranch Kleptopredation

Project Details

  • Company/Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Entrant Name: Rebecca Bruehl

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                         

  • Address: Chicago,IL

  • Client: University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Medium/software used: Autodesk 3Ds Max, Autodesk Mudbox, Adobe Photoshop

  • Final presentation format: Printed Poster

  • Primary Audience: Educated Lay Audience

Project Description

This poster illustrates the organisms involved in the unique adaptive feeding behavior of kleptopredation, which is a combination of kleptoparasitic competition and direct predation. This ‘meal inside a meal’ is energetically favorable for the nudibranch because it imparts higher ingested calories for the same amount of energy expended hunting. The establishment of a marine environment and size relationships between each organism are important concepts in understanding the hierarchy of this specific food chain. The inset was integrated to provide detail and further reinforce scale comparisons between all three organisms. Additionally, this poster was created with the purpose of becoming familiar with 3D rendering programs, techniques, and compositing approaches.