Evan Barr

Images of Research Competition

Editor's Notes

Images of Research (IOR) is an opportunity for current Murray State students from all disciplines to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in images. IOR showcases and preserves students' research in digital form and fosters engagement and creative endeavors. The jurors extend their thanks to the students who entered work for this year's competition. The entries came from a wide range of disciplines including Mathematics, Studio Art, Biology, Graphic Design, Metalsmithing, Wildlife Biology/Ecology, Electromechanical Engineering and Technology, Photography, and Vet Technology. The jurors' decision-making process was challenging as the submitted work was engaging, visually stimulating, and excellent representations of Murray State student research.

Committee Members

Dana Statton Thompson, MLIS, MA, MFA, Associate Professor of University Libraries (Jury Chair)

Cintia Segovia Figueroa, MFA, Assistant Professor of Photography and New Media

Dr. Kathy Callahan, Professor of History

Dr. Laura Sullivan-Beckers, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology

Dr. Marcie Venter, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Michael Flinn, Professor of Biological Science and Director of Hancock Biological Station

T. Michael Martin, MFA, Associate Professor of Art & Design and Director of University Galleries


The Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge in Benton, KY contains some of the last remaining tracts of bottomland hardwood forests in the state. My study involves looking at how flooding regimes within these unique systems affect the multitudes of wildlife species that call them home. We are performing an extensive camera trapping survey across the refuge to systematically catalog what species use different areas. Sometimes, the rigors of field work become too demanding. It was during one of these occasions that I sat down to rest on a downed tree and began to look around at the environment I was in. Too often we take for granted the majesty of the world that we were born into. This photo shows my view as I looked upon the bald cypress trees in one of the more mesic areas at the 8040-acre refuge. The scene reminded me of the reason we put ourselves through the hardships of biological research: to understand the mechanisms of a perfect world.