The Society of Invertebrate Paleoartists was created by invertebrate paleontologists and paleoartists with a goal of elevating the perception of invertebrates in visual communications. It was founded by paleontologists and paleoartists working together. Invertebrates are often overlooked and maligned in the public’s ecological understanding, and tend to be skipped over in terms of their taxonomy and biological features in museum exhibits and other science communications, often in favor of vertebrates. We aim to fix that.
Rhiannon LaVine is a postdoctoral researcher in the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas. Her position is funded through the NIH-IRACDA program, in conjunction with Haskell Indian Nations University. Her research interests revolve around questions relating to the mechanisms that generate and influence patterns of morphological diversity in organisms and how that shapes their evolutionary trajectories. She is particularly interested in exploring this topic using fossil arthropods such as trilobites and trilobite-like critters.
Kate LoMedico Marriott is a graduate researcher in paleontology. She holds an B.A. from State University of New York at New Paltz, and is finishing her M.S. in Earth and environmental sciences at Brooklyn College. She is the former house paleontologist at Astro Gallery of Gems in New York and an author of several publications on ammonites, including one systematizing the paleoart theory of heteromorph ammonites and a new method for fractal analysis of ammonite sutures. Kate was a Special Mention in the International Award on Scientific Illustration in Madrid, Spain for her work on heteromorphs. She is the second paleoartist to be inducted into the Ocean Artists Society.