Submitted by: Jacqueline Mason
Program: Biomedical Visualization
Division: Life Sciences
The groundbreaking discovery of hydrothermal vents and the diverse ecosystems they support led to new research endeavors to uncover how these animals survived in such harsh conditions. Currently, there is a dearth in visual materials that make this research accessible to a wider range of audiences. The goal of this animation was to provide a succinct overview of how specialized symbiotic relationships support life around hydrothermal vents, specifically for the tubeworm species Riftia pachyptila. The animation was created for use in undergraduate microbiology classes. Research was conducted on the anatomy and physiology of Riftia pachyptila and an animation was developed in accordance with the learning needs of the target audience.