Learn to Draw: Mutualism – Ghost Pipes and Tube Worms
A webinar hosted by Sierra Club BC and Dr. Julius Csotonyi
What do tube worms and ghost pipes have in common? For this Learn to Draw art lesson, we will be exploring the ecological interaction known as mutualism – a relationship between organisms of two different species in which each benefit.
Join scientific illustrator Dr. Julius Csotonyi in this session where he’ll be teaching you how to draw this amazing perennial plant and this fascinating marine invertebrate! We’ll also learn more about their interconnected lives, including how they facilitate mutualism on land and in the water.
This webinar features two additional panelists: Dr. Amanda Bates (University of Victoria), a biologist who has closely studied deep ocean hydrothermal vents, and Dr. John F. Addicott (University of Calgary), a biologist who has closely studied the ecological interaction of mutualism. The lesson will share both Western and Indigenous perspectives with the help of ‘Makwala~Dakota Smith and Ascher Goodman.
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About the artist
Dr. Julius Csotonyi is a Vancouver-based scientific illustrator and natural history fine artist. He has a scientific background in ecology (MSc) and microbiology (PhD) which has taken him to study sensitive ecosystems, from sand dunes in the Rocky Mountain parks to hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
These experiences have fuelled a strong resolve to work toward preserving the earth’s biota. Painting biological subjects is one means that he uses to both enhance public awareness of biological diversity and to motivate concern for its welfare.
He paints murals and panels that have appeared in numerous museums (e.g. the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History), press release images for scientific publications, books, stamp sets (e.g. the 2018 “Sharks of Canada” set for Canada Post), and coins for the Royal Canadian Mint. His work is viewable on his online gallery, http://csotonyi.com