The Scientific Illustrator's office supports the publication and presentation needs of all the biology departments at the University of Connecticut. The Scientific Illustrator works with research scientists to develop comprehensive graphics to clarify and augment manuscripts for publication and presentation. This requires a firm grasp of form and design and broad knowledge of plant and animal taxonomy to support research, scholarly publishing and teaching activities in multiple academic departments. Unlike a camera, a good drawing can bring out a function or enhance a particular view. In the case of organisms, it is the Illustrator’s job to unscramble, unbend,and visually reconstruct specimens in a clear, life-like manner. A picture truly enriches a thousand words. The scientists here, as with researchers at other major research universities, require sophisticated, high quality and technically advanced graphics to represent and communicate their research.