I was really grateful to be asked once again by the Ecological Society of Australia to create a conference bag design for their 2022 conference. As with previous conference bag designs, I asked for ideas about which species I should illustrate via Instagram and Twitter. Thankyou to everyone who suggested their coast and marine favourites – there were quite a few!
Below are the species illustrated in the ESA conference bag design this year. Starting from the Pied oystercatcher on the middle left hand side and working clockwise around the picture:
Flame tree Brachychiton acerifolius
Flannel flower Actinotus helianthi
Climbing Guinea Flower Hibbertia scandens
Pigface Carpobrotus glaucescens
Cabbage tree palm Livistona australis
Coast Banksia Banksia integrifolia
Pelagic nudibranch Glaucus atlanticus
Smooth Stingray Bathytoshia brevicaudata
Weedy sea dragon/Common sea dragon Phyllopteryx taeniolatus
Brown alga Phyllospora comosa
Eastern Blue Devil Paraplesiops bleekeri
Spotted Wobbegong Orectolobus maculatus
Golden Kelp Ecklonia radiata
Giant Cuttlefish Sepia apama
Blue-ringed Octopus Hapalochlaena maculosa
Australian Beach Worm Australonuphis sp.
This conference (which was also a joint conference with the Society for Conservation Biology) has just taken place in Woollongong, NSW. Unfortunately I couldn’t be there, but I received some nice feedback about the bags via Twitter:
And thanks again to the ESA for seeing the value of art to promote science. I’m looking forward to working on the next conference bag design for Darwin in 2023.