Scott Camazine - Harvard University

Research Biologist, Physician, Photographer, Medical Illustrator

Since childhood, Scott has been fascinated by biology and medicine. These interests eventually led to B.S. and M.D degrees at Harvard and a Ph.D. at Cornell on the topic of social organization and pattern formation in honey bee colonies.

As a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin, and a Senior Visitor at the Centre for Mathematical Biology at Oxford University, he did work on self-organized pattern formation in nature, complexity theory and dynamic systems. Earlier, postdoctoral work explored the neuroanatomy of the insect brain. While on the faculty of Penn State University he specialized in honey bee diseases and parasites. His medical work has taken him to rural Nigeria, Guatemala and Bolivia to do surgery as a volunteer, while at home he has as a physician in the emergency department of several hospitals.

He has written two nature books (The Naturalist's Year and Velvet Mites and Silken Webs) and co-authored a more technical book, Self-Organization in Biological Systems.

His current interests are focused on biological pattern formation and the visualization of scientific information through photography, computer simulation, CT scanning and 3D printing.

His work is scattered across the internet. Here is a roadmap, and to view more of Scott's work at his Etsy shops KallaKreations, 3DPrintedSkull, and DisruptiveJewelry

POLLENColourised scanning electron microscope image of pollen grains. 

Colour coded DNA sequence.

Anatomical preparation showing the internal skeletal structure of several white-finned tetra fish. This type of preparation, called diaphonization, involves the removal of the internal organs, and the clearing of the muscles using certain chemicals. The cleared preparation is stained with alizarin and alcian blue dyes that have an affinity for the bone and cartilage. The specimens were then photographed and digitally colour enhanced.

The images show a polished slab of granite which was digitally colour-enhanced. Scott's interest in the granite was the beautiful patterns of the crystalline structure that shows up when it is polished, as it reveals an interlocking crystalline matrix of feldspar and quartz, with a darker peppering of biotite mica and amphibole minerals.


Honeycomb in a bee colony. Each of the honeycomb cells shows a tiny sausage-shaped egg which has been laid there by the queen bee, and will be fed by the female worker bees once the eggs hatch into larvae.

Computer graphic rendering of iridescent glass. Iridescence is the property of certain surfaces that appear to change color with a change in the viewing angle. Examples of iridescence include soap bubbles, butterfly wings and sea shells, as well as certain minerals. It is often created by structural coloration that causes light interfere rather than by differences in pigments.

Fractal flames computer graphic image. Fractal flames are a member of the iterated function system class of fractals created by Scott Draves in 1992.

Computer graphic rendering of a red blood cell clot held together by a fibrin mesh work by Luk Cox.

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