Featured Creature

I love learning fun animal facts and about the research happening around them! To put my graphic design and science communication skills to the test, I designed and created a monthly flyer series called "Featured Creature" about cool animals and even cooler researchers and conservationists. I will feature animals of all sorts (invertebrates, vertebrates, marine, terrestrial, etc.) and diverse graduate student researchers. Click on any animal below to learn more!

California mussel

(Mytilus californianus)

Gopher tortoise 

(Gopherus polyphemus)


(Odonata - Anisoptera)

American alligator

(Alligator mississippiensis)



(Order Lepidoptera)

Hairy Hermit Crab

(Pagurus hirsutiusculus)


West European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)


All graphics made by Heidi Waite. Photo credits are given where required.

Acknowledgments: First, I'd like to thank all the featured researchers for taking the time to send me photos and animal facts. A special thanks to J. Waite for all her help with editing and design. Thanks also to J. Viramontes, H. Heesch, S. Waite, and M. Waite for help editing and catching spelling mistakes.