December 16, 2016

Three winners have been selected in the 2016 Faces of Biology Photo Contest, sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). This was the sixth year of the contest.

"More than ever, scientists need to communicate how scientific research is done," said Robert Gropp, Interim Co-Executive Director of AIBS. "This photo contest has been effective in inspiring scientists, educators, and students to explore how they can communicate their work to a broader audience."

The contest is an opportunity for members of the scientific community to showcase the varied forms that biological research can take. The photos will be used to help the public and policymakers better understand the value of biological research and education.

First Place Winner--Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy of the Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit photographed graduate student Luke Holmquist releasing a pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River. The species is listed as endangered in the United States. The reproductive status of individual members of the population is actively monitored.

Second Place Winner--Alina Chan

Alina Chan, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, won Second Place. Her photo depicts scientists Tami Lieberman and Michael Baym setting up for an experiment on bacterial evolution of antibiotic resistance. The researchers pour media infused with black ink for the bacteria to grow on. A camera is used to document the movement and survival of the bacteria for two weeks.

Third Place Winner--Juri Miyamae

Yale University graduate student Juri Miyamae won Third Place for her photo documenting paleontological research in western Colorado. Researcher Takehito Ikejiri searches for vertebrate fossils in the 150 million year old rock formation while a thunderstorm looms in the distance. Although the Jurassic period was dominated by dinosaurs, it was also an important period in the evolution of mammals.

An upcoming issue of the journal BioScience will feature the first place photo on the cover and the second and third place photos in an article. All of the winners will receive a one-year membership in AIBS, including a subscription to BioScience. Guy will also receive $250.

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