The University Record, March 26, 2001

Aquarium aids in scientific illustration

Scientific illustrator Joe Trumpey peers into the 200-gallon tropical saltwater aquarium built in his School of Art and Design studio. The tank includes three dozen species and about 300 animals, including brain coral, gorgonian coral, crabs, snails, iridescent fish, anemone, several varieties of shrimp and giant clams (which are ‘not quite giant but getting there,’ according to Trumpey, assistant professor of art). Trumpey’s scientific illustration students use the aquarium, which replicates sea life at 10 meters below the surface.

The tank, mounted in the wall of Trumpey’s studio on the second floor of the Art and Architecture Building, is accessible to the public when the building is open, 6 a.m.–9 p.m. daily.

Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services