April Isch Neander

April I. Neander is a professional scientific illustrator and lab manager for the Luo Mammal Paleontology Lab at the University of Chicago. She began her work there in autumn of 2012, after earning her M.S. in Biomedical Visualization at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since then, she has worked with Dr. Zhe-Xi Luo to create both technical and artistic illustrations for publication, as well as process CT data for research.

April has been captivated by biology and anatomy since childhood and in 2010 she earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of Vermont. She combines this love with a talent for art, seeking to convey the intriguing history, structure, and beauty of life with her illustrations. Building on her experience with traditional media, April primarily uses digital media such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Autodesk Maya to create her illustrations.

If you would like to commission April for scientific illustration work, you can contact her at april.neander@gmail.com.


Email - april.neander@gmail.com


Luo, Z. X., Meng, Q. J., Ji, Q., Liu, D., Zhang, Y. G., & Neander, A. I. (2015). Evolutionary development in basal mammaliaforms as revealed by a docodontan. Science, 347(6223), 760-764.

Meng, Q. J., Ji, Q., Zhang, Y. G., Liu, D., Grossnickle, D. M., & Luo, Z. X. (2015). An arboreal docodont from the Jurassic and mammaliaform ecological diversification. Science, 347(6223), 764-768.

Zhou, C. F., Wu, S., Martin, T., & Luo, Z. X. (2013). A Jurassic mammaliaform and the earliest mammalian evolutionary adaptations. Nature, 500(7461), 163-167.

Yuan, C. X., Ji, Q., Meng, Q. J., Tabrum, A. R., & Luo, Z. X. (2013). Earliest evolution of multituberculate mammals revealed by a new Jurassic fossil. Science, 341(6147), 779-783.