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Create an 'album cover' for a megafauna special issue of a scientific journal
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The School of Geography conducts applied scientific research and teaching. More specifically we open new boundaries in thinking by drawing on theory and evidence to reframe and recast questions relating to ecology and the relationship between natural systems, policy and society. Our target audience is other academics, scientists and students, but also policy makers in government, environmental NGOs and think tanks who are engaged in progressive thinking about how to address new challenges in the conservation of nature and the environment. In addition we are outward looking and seeking to engage interested and creative people from all walks of life in ecological science and thinking for the future.
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We are looking for an ‘album cover’ for a set of academic research papers related to the theme of megafauna. Traditionally the ‘album cover’ presents and markets a themed collection of music tracks. We want to apply the same concept to a themed set of research papers. The artwork will be used for the cover of a special ‘Megafauna issue’ of the academic journal http://www.pnas.org/. This is an outcome of the 2014 Oxford Megafauna meeting http://oxfordmegafauna.weebly.com/ Special issues of academic journals are growing in popularity. They bring together collections of work that either frame a progressive new area of research. In addition, the artwork will appear in publicity surrounding the publication of the special issue (reproduced on websites, in blog posts, via twitter etc.) by authors of the papers in their lectures (projected via powerpoint) and as a piece or artwork to hang in the offices/departments of those involved. The artwork should be unique enough that people can recognise as a glance as linked the ideas of megafauna and ecosystems. It should be designed to last for a long time. It should reflect our values of authoritative, ‘edgy’ and open science. It should avoid clichéd imagery and too much ornamentation. We have no particular views on stylistic approach and colours – it is up to your imagination and creativity. The artwork should appeal to an audience of academics, scientists policy-makers and students interested in animals and the natural world. The design should capture and express the key science concepts in the special issue, namely Megafauna – the ‘album’ title. These are the large animals that once roamed the seas and land and which we have a few species left. Ecosystems – a network of interacting organisms and their physical environment and the functions and processes that emerge from these interactions Cascades – tropic cascades which means the cascading effects between predators, prey (herbivores), vegetation and nutrient cycles Flows – particularly of nutrients across large scales Restoration – the vision of rebuilding tropic cascade and with this functioning and flourishing ecosystems by restoring megafauna to landscapes. Either by reintroducing those we have or using surrogates (e.g. de-domesticated cattle and horses)
Here is a synopsis of the special issue. The past was a world of giants, with abundant whales in the sea and large animals roaming the land. Until recently in Earth history – during the Pleistocene to the beginning of the Holocene (1.8 million to 12,000 year before present) vert large animals herbivores (mammoths, ground sloths, whales and so forth) populated most of the World’s ecosystems. Most have gone extinct as a result of climatic change and human action. Articles in this issue present more evidence for the ‘over-kill’ hypothesis, namely that the extinction of mega-fauna in the Americas coincided with the arrival of humans. The fields of paleo-ecology and ecosystem science are generating new insight on how the large-scale removal of large herbivores effected landscape structure and ecosystem function. New science is showing that many large herbivores are ecosystem engineers – the loss of mammoths and ground sloths and the decline of elephant, rhino, and whale populations has resulted in changes to ecosystems and to Earth (planetary) systems. Articles in this issue present more evidence for the ‘over-kill’ hypothesis – that the extinction of megafauna in the Americas coincides with the arrival of humans. They show that at the ecosystem scale the demise of megafauna may have caused cascade effects leading to the demise of other species Further that there were more and bigger carnivore species in the past and these preyed on the young of large probosidians (species of elephant) thereby limiting their population size. At the Earth system scale new science presented in the special issues suggests that marine mammals and seabirds transferred nutrients from the land to the sea – that marine and land animals once formed an interlinked system recycling nutrients from the depths of the sea to contential interiors. Further that the impacts of past megafauna extinctions persist today and effect the functioning of planetary systems today. The term rewilding describes an emerging strategy to restore megafauna to restore trophic cascades and self-regulating ecosystems. However, the scientific evidence-base for understanding the effects and impacts of doing this is poor and an article in this issue argues for experiments that test-hypothesis.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Illustration or graphics starts at $349.
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