A reconstruction of an Archaeopteryx species (Berlin specimen).

Jenn on the Great Wall with the NYU Albert Gallatin Scholars.

The Meaning of Alithographica

Alithographica is an adaptation of the scientific name Archaeopteryx lithographica, the Late Jurassic transition between dinosaurs and birds. Although an Archaeopteryx species may not be the true mother of all modern birds (there are multiple fossils contending for the position), it is nevertheless an icon for what can be achieved when science and art combine.

About the Artist

Jennifer (Jenn) Deutscher is a freelance scientific illustrator from Phoenix, AZ. She spent much of her childhood outdoors and became fascinated with both the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Part scientist and part artist, Jenn is fundamentally curious about how things work and uses her art to document her observations. She aims to use her illustrations to encourage viewers to appreciate and rethink the world around them. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her ever-growing plant collection.


In 2015 Jenn received a B.A. in Individualized Study from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her concentration, Biological Sciences & Illustration, was developed through her coursework in the biology department (Molecular & Cellular Biology, Vertebrate Anatomy, Animal Physiology, Quantitative Methods in Human Genetics, and Environmental Health, to name a few) and studio art (Life Drawing: Anatomy, Painting II, Drawing II, Intro to Digital Art, 3D Graphics Studio).

In 2017 she received a certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration at the New York Botanical Garden. Her capstone project explored bryophytes in the Pacific Northwest. In 2018 she became the Social Media Coordinator for the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI).


  • Bronx County Historical Society - Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, New York City, NY (2018)

  • Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Juried Member's Exhibition @ Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC (2017)

  • Watson Education Building, New York Botanical Garden, New York City, NY (2017)

  • Mehu Gallery, New York City, NY (2016)

  • Tempe Public Library, Tempe, AZ (2009)

Publications (as Illustrator)

  • Michael Rampino, Ken Caldeira. “Correlation of the largest craters, stratigraphic impact signatures, and extinction events over the past 250 Myr,” Geoscience Frontiers, online; awaiting print publication (2017)

  • Michael R. Rampino, "Are Some Tillites Impact-Related Debris-Flow Deposits?," The Journal of Geology 125, no. 2 (March 2017), 155-164

  • "Princess on the Glass Hill". Flipside Fairytales, cover ill. (2016)

  • "The Tinderbox". Flipside Fairytales, cover ill. (2016)

  • "Visual Disparities," Confluence: China, New York University (2015)

  • Michael R. Rampino, "Periodic impact cratering and extinction events over the last 260 million years," Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 448, issue 2 (March 2015), 1816-1820

  • "Argentina & Chile Through Art," Mosaic: Argentina & Chile, New York University (2014)

  • "Drawings From a Vietnamese Streetscape," Mosaic: Vietnam, New York University (2012)


  • Botanicality Best In Show - Traditional Category (2018)

  • Botanicality Best In Show - Digital Category (2017)

  • Dean's Award for Graduating Seniors grant for the study and illustration of wildlife on the Kennebec River, ME (2015)

Professional Memberships

  • Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

  • American Society of Botanical Artists

  • Tri-State Botanical Artists @ New York Botanical Garden


  • Social Media Coordinator for the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (2018 - present)

  • Certified in Botanical Art & Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden (2017)

  • Featured in "Certificate Bound," The Botanical Artist, Quarterly Journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists (September 2016)

  • Research assistant at the Rockman Lab at New York University (Christina Zakas, Matthew V Rockman. “Dimorphic development in Streblospio benedicti: genetic analysis of morphological differences between larval types,” International Journal of Developmental Biology 58 (2014), 593 - 599)

  • Co-curator for art exhibition Beyond Nuclear: Aberrations of Family, New York City, NY (2014)

  • Editor for Mosaic: Argentina & Chile, New York University (2014)

  • Designer for Mosaic: Spain & Morocco, New York University (2013)