Digital Collections @ St. Lawrence University

Mindy Pitre - Microscopy Images

Mindy Pitre, Assistant Professor of anthropology, is a biological anthropologist whose research focuses on how ancient human bone is transformed by microbial growth, and more specifically by biofilms. Although the skeletons examined in her research are more than 5000 years old, Pitre is able to bring to life the microbial inhabitants of the archaeological bone using light and scanning electron microscopy.

The following images from Pitre’s research were part of Morphographica, a joint art installation with SLU biologist Alex Schreiber and biological anthropologist Pamela Mayne Correia, from the University of Alberta in Canada. The exhibit included photomicrographs of biological specimens, including frogs, fish and human beings. The artists selected images for their aesthetic appeal and scientific value as a means to explore the intersection of art and science.