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Marine Science releases Life Between the Tides poster

Tuesday 5 March 2019 4:51pm

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Life Between the Tides - a watercolour poster released by the University's New Zealand Marine Studies Centre for Seaweek 2019.

A species-packed watercolour poster illustrating the strange and amazing marine animals and plants found on the rocky shore and hiding in rock pools at low tide has been released by the University's New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC).

The poster’s release coincides with New Zealand’s annual Seaweek (2 to 10 March 2019) which focuses on learning from the sea and inspiring New Zealanders to renew their connections with the marine environment.

The artwork can be printed to 84cm wide x 30cm tall and includes 63 species, with all their common, scientific and Māori names provided on the back.

"When Corlis was here as an intern, it was evident that she was not only an extremely talented artist, but also very dedicated and astute. We described the project we had in mind, and she just got it and ran with it."

The work is the result of a collaboration with California-based Corlis Schneider, an illustration artist with an undergraduate degree in marine biology, who spent two months at the NZMSC as an intern in 2011.

During her internship, Ms Schneider designed and illustrated the educational colouring book Who Eats Who on the Rocky Shore, which proved to be the start of a continuing relationship when she returned to the US.

In 2017, Ms Schneider reworked elements from the book she had illustrated to make it suitable for a full wrap of the NZMSC’s ‘Aquavan’, which has brought marine life to the attention of thousands of people throughout the south.

NZMSC Project Coordinator Tessa Mills says she was delighted when Ms Schneider agreed to be the artist for the poster.

“When Corlis was here as an intern, it was evident that she was not only an extremely talented artist, but also very dedicated and astute. We described the project we had in mind, and she just got it and ran with it,” Mrs Mills says.

Ms Schneider says Dunedin is one of the most beautiful places she has been to, with wonderful people.

“I enjoyed my time there, and I hope you will enjoy the work I have left behind.”

The poster is available for download at https://www.otago.ac.nz/marine-studies/resources.