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JAGOBA MALUMBRES-OLARTE Researcher & Science Illustrator


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Jagoba Malumbres-Olarte, Ph.D.

As a scientific researcher, educator and artist, my professional goal is to advance our understanding of the formation of biodiversity, to contribute to its conservation and to promote it through my illustrations.

Researcher & Science Illustrator June 22, 2022

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Most of my artistic work aims to visualise and explain scientific discoveries and questions, based on the latest ecological, evolutionary and environmental knowledge. However, I always seek new challenges, subjects, fields of knowledge and artistic techniques. My business is truly a labor of love. I work in a wide variety of media types and styles which I select depending on the subject, purpose and audience of the image. I create highly realistic portraits for taxonomic publications, schematic diagrams or infographics for explaining processes, creative illustrations to promote and summarise research for non-experts or educational images for readers of all ages. Here I show examples of my work for: 1) Scientific publications; 2) Scientific communication; and 3) Editorial illustrations (for thesis covers and dissemination of publications and seminars).


Scientific Career Education 2011 Ph.D. in Ecology, Lincoln University (LU) 2006 Postgrad. Certificate in Res. Studies, LU 2003 Hons. in Environmental Science, Hons. in Ecology and Plant Biology Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Professional Research (2012-2022) 2019-pres. Researcher and Science Illustrator, Toulouse 2020-pres. Assoc. Researcher, cE3c, Univ. Azores & Helsinki 2017-2020 Lecturer/Researcher Manchester Metrop. Univ. 2018-2019 Postdoc Researcher, Univ. Azores & Helsinki 2017-2018 Researcher, Mus.Nat.Sci. Barcelona & Univ. Oulu 2017-2018 Visiting researcher, IRBio, Univ. Barcelona 2016–2017 Collection assistant, Nat. Hist. Mus. Denmark 2013–2016 Postdoc researcher, CMEC, Univ. Copenhagen 2012–2013 Visiting researcher, Univ. Basque Country 2012 Research assistant, BPRC, Netherlands Inst. Ecol. 2011–2012 Lecturing assistant, Imperial College London

Education & Outreach

BioBlitz Yerevan, Tbilisi, Toulouse (2022), Liège (2021), Terceira (2019), Barcelona (20162018), Montserrat, Sitges (2018), Nottingham (2017, 2018), Copenhagen (2014)

Science Night Natural History Museum of Denmark (2015)

Science Outreach Lincoln University (2008–2010)

Selected Publications Malumbres-Olarte, J. et al. (2021). Habitat filtering and inferred dispersal ability condition acrossscale species turnover and rarity in Macaronesian island spider assemblages. J. Biogeography, 00:1–14 Sullivan, M.,...Malumbres-Olarte, J.,...et al. (2020). Long-term thermal sensitivity of Earth’s tropical forests. Science 368(80):869–874 Malumbres-Olarte, J. et al. (2020). How Iberian are we? Mediterranean climate determines structure and endemicity of spider communities in Iberian oak forests Biodiv. & Conserv. 29(14): 3973–3996 Malumbres-Olarte, J. et al. (2017) Gauging megadiversity with optimized and standardized sampling protocols: A case for tropical forest spiders Ecol. & Evol. 7(2): 494–506 Brown, S.D.J.,...Malumbres-Olarte, J.,...et al. (2012) Spider: An R package for the analysis of species identity and evolution, with particular reference to DNA barcoding. Mol. Ecol. Resour. 12:562–565




I create infographics to explain (social or biological) interactions or processes, BLA or realistic depictions for taxonomic BLA descriptions in scientific publications.

Monograph generation 2021. Digital (vector [Inkscape]). Figures for two publications on producing monographs (in review).


AMOC and Climate change 2020. Digital (vector [program Inkscape]). Figure for publication on climate change (in review).

Ecological effects of North Atlantic Oscillation 2020. Digital (vector [program Inkscape]). Figure created for peer-reviewed scientific publication on Foraminifera communities in Western Mediterranean (in review.).



Genus Armatocereus (Cactaceae), areolas and spines 2020. Digital (raster [Krita]). For taxonomic publication by Christian Loaiza (in prep.).


Clubiona blesti Forster, 1979 (Araneae: Clubionidae) 2012. Graphite pencil. Taxonomic publication. Malumbres-Olarte, J. & Vink, C.J. 2012, Zootaxa.

Life cycle of Coccotrypes rhizophrae 2020. Digital (raster [Krita] and vector [Inkscape]). Ecological publication by N. Molina (in prep.).




Many of my illustrations are being used to promote or explain science and research BLA to non-experts, and to educate young BLA audiences about biodiversity.

Hydrobates monteiroi, Hipparchia azorina, Juniperus brevifolia and Myosotis azorica 2022. Images created for the Traços a Cores project, which aims to explain, promote and educate graphically about the Azorean biodiversity and the research conducted on it. Digital (raster [Krita]).


Biota of Toulouse 2021. Watercolour, 14x21cm (per species). Educational poster (Nat. Hist. Mus. of Toulouse).



Testudo hermanni and Corvus corone 2020, Biota of the Pyrenees series. Water colour and graphite on paper. 21 x 18 cm

Tarphius relictus 2019, PORBIOTA series. Inkpen. 21x29 cm. Azorean BioPortal, Univ. Azores.


Sepia esculenta, Physalia physalis, Neophocaena phocaenoides 2019, Tokyo Bay series. Inkpen, 21 x 21 cm (x3). Organisms and traditions of Tokyo Bay (Annual Symposium, Japan).


Galemys pyrenaicus (Pyrenean desman) 2021, Biota of the Pyrenees series. Digital (raster Krita), A4.



DigiTiB 2021. Digital (vector [Inkscape]). Icons of animal taxa for the website DigiTiB for species identification tests, the Univ. of Greifswald

The Science of Navigation 2022, Illustration for the navigation courses of Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) led by Maser Engineering. Digital (raster [Krita], vector [Inkscape]).


Leiostyla cassidula, Atlantica gueriniana and Boettgeria obesiuscula 2020, Ghost Species of Madeira research project. Digital (raster [Krita], vector [Inkscape]).

Telling Biodiversity 2020, Untold Biodiversity project. Digital (raster [Krita], vector [Inkscape]).




I summarise the scientific messages of theses (on covers), research publications and conference seminars, to BLA promote them on international news BLA and social media.

Madeiran Biogeography 2021. Digital (raster [Krita]). Cover of PhD thesis by L. Crespo (Univ. Barcelona).


Fish Eco-evolution 2021. Digital (raster [Krita]). Cover of PhD thesis by P. Ahti (Univ. Jyväskylä).


Human effects on islands 2020. Digital (raster Krita). Dissemination image for The human dimension of biodiversity changes on islands. Nogué, S. et al 2021, Science



Insect Threats and Conservation 2020. Digital (using Krita & Inkscape). Publication by Miličić et al. 2021, Conservation Letters.

Iberian Endemicity 2020. Digital (raster [Krita], vector [Inkscape]). Image for promoting publication (Univ. Barcelona). Malumbres-Olarte, J. et al. 2020, Biodiv. & Cons.


Convergence 2021. Digital (raster [Krita]). Dissemination illustration for publication on island biology (in review)

Sensationalism, expert consultation and the spread scientific misinformation. 2022. Digital (Krita), Illustration for the publication by S. Mammola et al. (in review).




DNA barcoding 2021. Digital (raster [Krita]). Webinar on DNA barcoding by J. Malumbres-Olarte for the Mus. Nat. Sc. Barcelona.

RealMed Project 2020. Inkpen and watercolour on paper, 14 x 21 cm. Webinar on the use of isotope maps and (DNA) SNPs with regional argan oil, pigs, truffles and lamb by C. Máguas (cE3c, Portugal).

International Scientific Wadden Sea Symposium 2021 2021. Krita. Infographic summarising the main conclusions of the Symposium.


International Scientific Wadden Sea Symposium 2021 2021. Inkpen, paper, Krita. Seminar sessions (top to bottom, left to right): International perspectives, sustainable development (social), sustainable development (ecology), birds, alien Species and marine mammals.



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