I enjoy illustrating what can and can’t be seen in nature. Communicating microbial ecology to a wider audience can feel challenging when what you are studying is not visible or especially charismatic in the eyes of the general public. I love to challenge that by bringing microbes to life in colourful illustrations. My other favourite subject of drawings is plants, it fascinates me that we struggle to think of them as living beings, and I like to give them life in my illustrations.
If you like my style, and have a project or publication that you think would benefit from some of my illustrations, or would like me to custum draw something for you, please contact me (aleklett(at)gmail.com) and I’ll see if we can come up with something.
Figure from our publication “Build your own soil: exploring microfluidics to create microbial habitat structures“, published in ISME J, November 2017.
Botanical print that was part of the Lucia art show at the Biology department of
Lund University, December 2016.
Image showing the variance between microbial habitats inside flowers. Featured in our publication “Aleklett K., Hart M. and Shade A. (2014) The microbial ecology of flowers: an emerging frontier in phyllosphere research. Botany, 92 (4): 253-266″.
Image from our publication Aleklett K. & Hart M. (2013) The root microbiota – a fingerprint in the soil? Plant and Soil, 370 (1-2): 671-686.
Self portrait -2009
Up close and personal with root systems – 2013
Picture from my master’s thesis work on Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi. Showing stained corn roots inoculated with Rhizophagus irregularis.