2019 AMI Online Salon

White Nose Syndrome in the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)

Project Details

  • Company/Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago


  • Entrant Name: Jenna Espeseth


  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors: LeahLebowicz                       

  • Address: Chicago,IL

  • Client: n/a

  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop 2018, Autodesk 3dsMax 2019, Autodesk Mudbox 2019

  • Final presentation format: Printed Poster 20” x 24”

  • Primary Audience: General Public

Project Description

The goals of this poster are to generate sympathy for bats and to communicate basic information about white nose syndrome (WNS) through the Pseudogymnoas cus destructans (Pd) fungus. The visual goals of this poster are to depict white nose syndrome and its symptoms. This poster was utilized as a class assignment to test our skills in modeling, compositing, and poster design.

Starting in the top left corner, the eye flows left to right over the title and text. To the right of this, we see a bat flying in winter, which after reading the text, we now know is dangerous. The white tufts on its face have the appearance of early symptoms of WNS. Next we see the bat fallen onto a log, dead. Pd has spread over its whole body. Finally the eye rests on a call to action. The lighting and colors of this piece create a sense of drama, and remind the viewer of sunset: a symbolic end. If conservation efforts are not successful, many species of bats may go extinct in the wild.