Savio Alumna's Photograph Chosen for Cover of Journal for Medical Entomology
Bianca Sicich, graduate and valedictorian of Savio 2012, volunteers at the University of Texas Entomology Collection, which houses over 1 million insect and invertebrate specimens for purposes of data collection and public education. She photographs specimens for a public domain imaging project called Insects Unlocked, where volunteers release their images to be used freely by research journals, companies, educators, and more.
Bianca photographed this tick, which she found on her ear after a birding field biology trip, using a technique called focus stacking, allowing for an in-focus macro view of tiny creatures. Much to Bianca's surprise, this photograph was chosen as the cover photo for the May 2016 issue of the Journal for Medical Entomology. Bianca is currently working on her undergraduate Biology degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at UT Austin and a Certificate of Computing. Bianca plans to pursue a graduate degree in Biology upon graduating from UT in 2017.