Assistant professor of biology Alex Schreiber, a developmental biologist who is fascinated by vertebrate metamorphosis, uses fluorescence and bright-field and dark-field light microscopy to photograph organisms stained with tissue-specific dyes. With digital imaging software, Schreiber brings still images to life by morphing different developmental stages of larvae into one seamless transformation.
The following images from Schreiber’s research were part of Morphographica, a joint art installation with SLU's Mindy Pitre and biological anthropologist Pamela Mayne Correia, from the University of Alberta in Canada. The exhibit included photomicrographs of biological specimens, including frogs, fish and human beings. The artists selected images for their aesthetic appeal and scientific value as a means to explore the intersection of art and science.