2021 AMI Online Salon
- Entrant Name: Tina Wang
- Client: Jack Cover, Tim Phelps, Jeff Day
- Copyright: Tina Wang, 2021
- Medium/software used: ZBrush, Photoshop
- Final presentation format: Poster
- Primary Audience: General lay audience visiting the National Aquarium
This poster visualizes a research study done in the Chesapeake Bay that demonstrates how hooked mussels, Ischadium recurvum, augment the water filtering capacity of oyster reefs. The graphic flow of bright green and pink plankton draws the viewer’s eyes and invites them to explore the graphical map on the left explaining problems of runoff and dead zones. The arrows then lead the viewer to the right, where depictions of the mollusks’ anatomy show how plankton are removed from the water. Adjacent corresponding illustrations compare the two mollusks’ abilities to capture plankton of different sizes/colours. As the viewer moves to the right, the palette transitions from brown/green to light blue as water is filtered and cleaned, and leads the viewer to the 3D bar graphs comparing the filtering capacities of oyster reefs with and without mussels. Smaller insets between the main mollusk illustrations and the bar graphs provide more information about the oyster reefs.