About RedNewtGallery

fieldSketchingPortrait_Landin_webWelcome to RedNewtGallery, a site dedicated to sharing the wonders of the natural world, promoting education in biology, and helping spread the word on conservation issues.

Dr. J.M. Landin, a professor of biology at NC State University, teaches biology to non-scientists and biological illustration to non-artists. Her research interests include visual communication and historical infographics of biological subjects.

Appreciation of biodiversity and natural resources requires two things: understanding and connection. This blog aims to increase both through interesting facts and hand-drawn vignettes. Welcome to the amazing world of biology!

Images now available on ETSY!


p.s. For more illustrations by J.M. Landin, visit A-wing and A-way, a blog addressing the influence of birds on culture.

16 thoughts on “About RedNewtGallery

    • Hi Jean – I just added a “Follow” button. Thanks for pointing that out (not the most savvy WordPress user, am I? Just thought those were automatically on the site!)
      Thanks again!

  1. I love newts – they were my study species when I did field work. Come to think of it… I haven’t done a post on newts!!! Thanks for the idea, Judy!

  2. I so wish your course was available online. My 15 year old daughter worked with Youth Conservation Corps over the summer on a Wildlife Perserve and found her calling! She spends the whole day at the beach catching critters and educating anyone who will listen. I have homeschooled her most of her life, but I can assure you that I have no idea how she knows so much information about so many different species.

  3. Dr. Landin,
    (Thanks for liking my wordpress site…pen and ink pencils and paint) Wish I could move to NC just to take all your courses! as a self taught inker, sketcher, watercolorist, it’s always been sort of hit and miss honing my craft. The art of dip pen and ink is my first love. With CG and photoshop displacing the art, IMHO, it is good to know there are young people out there like you that are passionate about the art. Wish you much success with your blog and website. Your illustrations are lovely and inspiring.
    All the best

    • Thank you for your kind comments, Paul. I agree that understanding and learning to draw (without tech aids) is an important skill. Best wishes to you! And keep up the great work.

  4. Found my way here after reading your article at Scientific American, “Rediscovering the Forgotten Benefits of Drawing.” I teach biology and environmental studies at a university in California, and I’ve decided to incorporate drawing skills into some of my classes (and hopefully challenge the “why not just take a photo?” mindset, which even I am guilty of a lot of the time).

    I’m trying out some things with my non-majors introductory bio students this summer, and I intend to take it even further with my Ecology students in the fall. Your article was super helpful in helping me think through both the benefits (why should we bother?), and also for some of the obstacles that my students may encounter.

    When I have some time, I plan to take a peek at your blog, as well – it looks like you have a lot of wonderful articles here! Anyhow, just my long-winded way of saying “Thanks!” for sharing your experiences! It’s inspired me to put more energy into this curriculum than I might have done otherwise.

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