Book project: Diversity of limbs

Cover of Your Inner Fish


Visuals are a powerful communication tool, and as such are an integral part of a thriving research program. Too often the visual component of research is treated as an afterthought, thus limiting the impact of complex research to a small community of dedicated colleagues.

My interests lie in acting as a bridge between research scientists and their various audiences: their colleagues in the scientific community, their students, the media, and the general public. By creating intriguing, intuitive imagery targeted to the right audience, scientists can make their research both interesting and accessible, ultimately leading to more meaningful discussions and a more scientifically literate public.

More recently, I have been experimenting with ways in which to incorporate scientific concepts into fine art projects as a way to reach people who wouldn't necessarily seek science out on their own. The results of these explorations can be seen in my scienceArt gallery.


Kalliopi Monoyios graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor's Degree in Geology. For eleven years, she worked at The University of Chicago as a scientific illustrator and public outreach coordinator in Neil Shubin's lab. It is this collaboration that taught her the critical interplay between high-quality scientific research and compelling visuals that effectively communicate complex concepts to a targeted audience. In addition to illustrating numerous scientific papers for publication in peer-review journals such as Nature and Science, she has developed websites showcasing researchers' work, advised and illustrated press releases, and collaborated on three popular non-fiction science books, Your Inner Fish(Knopf, 2008), and The Universe Within (Pantheon, 2013) by Neil Shubin, and Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne (Viking, 2009). She also is a co-founder and regular contributor to Scientific American's art and science blog, Symbiartic.

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The Huffington Post cites a post I wrote on Pinterest's Terms of Service as being instrumental in getting them to change their terms: Pinterest Terms Of Service Get Updated; The Huffington Post by Courteney Palis, Mar. 26, 2012

Artist visualizes love of science; The Charlotte Observer by Tyler Dukes, Apr. 7, 2012

Artists help push science forward; University of Chicago feature by Steve Koppes, Nov. 2011