Molecular Structure of Emiliania huxleyi

Molecular Structure of Emiliania huxleyi

Student Artist: Kendrik Yap
Course: Data Visualization with Lucy HG Solomon

Researcher: Dr. Betsy Read, CSUSM Molecular Cell Biology

Since the original idea from the available research topics was to create a “canstruction” of an instance of Emiliania huxleyi, I wanted to do a sort of creation as well, also involving food.

After a bit of jumping around to various things to try to find something good to use, I settled on pineapple rings. After viewing the price and size of the pineapple rings I could buy in bulk, I then switched to apple rings, which I feel fit the white appearance of Emiliania huxleyi better.

To represent the data I took thirty apple rings, making a 1:1 translation on the general amount of coccoliths that form the coccolithosphere that is Emiliania huxleyi, and then formed a sphere with them. I was hoping that that would be enough to bind them together, but even if it did then it would be a sticky mess to move and hold, which would be bad, so I wrapped it all up with plastic wrap. I think the wrap added a bit to the “whiteness” caused by ehux, so that turned out positively, I feel.


The data I used was found in this site:

“Emiliania huxleyi Home Page.” Emiliania huxleyi Home Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

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