Scott Rawlins

Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Murphy 207 1 (215) 572-2879 Check schedule posted by office door!

About Me

Scott Rawlins is a scientific illustrator, naturalist and museum educator who has been teaching at Arcadia since 1994.  He holds degrees in biology, museum education and medical & biological illustration.   In addition, Rawlins has studied scientific illustration at UC Berkeley, environmental education at Antioch College, and British museology through Hertford College, Oxford University.  Rawlins currently oversees Arcadia’s major in scientific illustration.  He teaches this subject as well as general illustration and design.  He has served on the boards of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and has been president of both organizations.

Rawlins has had illustrations published in journals such as the Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Invertebrate Biology and Acta Zoologica.  His work has appeared in numerous books, including Your Inner Fish, Today’s Botanical Artists and The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration.  He presently works as a research associate in vertebrate zoology at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

In keeping with Arcadia’s commitment to the development of a global perspective, Rawlins has taken advantage of a number of “study abroad” experiences, including an opportunity to work with a native healer in Belize, a botanical artist on the Amazon and a nature journalist in Italy.  Additional areas of exploration have included Cuba, Egypt and Portugal.  In each location Rawlins has recorded observations in his sketchbooks, and this work usually results in a series of illustrations and presentations.  In terms of “domestic” interests, Rawlins has been working with paleontologists at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences, where he draws or reconstructs specimens of various fossil fish, including the well-known “fishapod” Tiktaalik roseae.



Areas Of Focus

Natural Science

Piscataway, NJ

Home Country
United States


Education History

University of Michigan 1989

Master of Fine Arts, Major in Medical and Biological Illustration

The George Washington University 1981

Master of Arts in Teaching, Major in Museum Education

Earlham College 1976

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Biology

Antioch College 1977


Illustrator 2012

Holoptychius bergmanni sp. nov. (Sarcopterygii, Porolepiformes) from the Upper Devonian of Nunavut, Canada, and a Review of Holoptychius Taxonomy.

Research Paper, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

Illustrator 2011

Mass Mortality of Juvenile Antiarchs (Bothriolepis sp.) from the Catskill Formation (Upper Devonian, Famennian Stage), Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Research Paper, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

Illustrator 2009

Late Devonian Tetrapod Remains from Red Hill, Pennsylvania, USA: How Much Diversity?

Research Paper, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Illustrator 2008

Your Inner Fish

Book, Pantheon

Co-Authored with Co-Illustrator: Kalliopi Monoyios

Contributor, art 2008

Today's Botanical Artists

Book, Schiffer

Illustrator 2004

A New Species of Sauripterus taylori (Sarcopterygii, Osteichthyes) from the Famennian Catskill Formation of North America.

Research Paper, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Co-author, chapter 2003

The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration

Book, John Wiley

Co-Authored with Elaine Hodges, editor

Illustrator 2003

. Groendlandaspid Placoderm Fishes from the Late Devonian of North America.

Research Paper, Records of the Australian Museum

Illustrator 2003

Early Tetrapod Jaws from the Late Devonian of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Research Paper, Journal of Paleontology