All posts by Patrick Lynch

Artist | writer | designer | photographer Patrick J. Lynch is a Senior Digital Officer in the Office of Public Affairs and Communications at Yale University. In his 43 years with Yale University he has been a medical illustrator, biomedical and scientific photographer, audiovisual producer, and for the past 30 years a director of media and communications service units, and a designer of interactive multimedia teaching, training, and informational software and Web sites. Lynch has won over 30 national and international awards for his medical illustration, publications, and software design, including a 2012 National Outdoor Book Award, the 2005 Pirelli INTERNETional Awards for Best Overall multimedia teaching site, and best site from higher education, the 1992 Best-in-Show Award from the Health Sciences Communications Association and a Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Award of Excellence in the international INVISION Multimedia Awards. Lynch has authored over 100 professional papers, magazine articles, and book chapters. He has been a consultant and invited speaker on Web design and Web communications issues to many universities, government agencies, corporations, and non-profits groups, and regularly does talks, workshops, and professional papers on communications management, biocommunications, academic computing, medical illustration, biomedical visualization, and Web strategy and production management. In 2011 Yale University Press published his latest book, A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico, a winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for 2012 for field guidebooks. Previous National Outdoor Book Award winners include Farley Mowat, Robert Michael Pyle, David Attenborough, Roderick Nash, Richard Bangs, and Aldo Leopold.

Illustration of 5 species of Atlantic flying fish.

Five species of Western Atlantic Flyingfish

An old favorite plate from both my offshore field guides, A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife, and A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico.

Painting of Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches

Our two nuthatch species

We have two nuthatch species here in Connecticut: the White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis), and the Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis). Both are particularly obvious at this time of year, both in the wild creeping over tree trunks, and at backyard feeders. .

Detail of a painting of a juvenile Bald Eagle.

Connecticut River Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles are one of the great environmental success stories of the last 40 years. After a devastating population drop due to DDT damage to their eggs in the 1960s, Bald Eagles have made a spectacular comeback since the early 1990s. You can now routinely expect to see Bald Eagles at all of the major ...

Oil painting by Willard Metcalf "Thawing Brook (Winter Shadows), from 1911.

Willard Metcalf: Thawing Brook (Winter Shadows), 1911

A perfect Metcalf painting for a sunny winter day in the aftermath of the recent "blizzardcaine," Storm Nemo. Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858–1925) is normally grouped with the American Impressionists, but Metcalf has always been one of my favorite American painters precisely because he never shaped his paintings to fit the mold of conventional painterly "Impressionist" ...

Images from the book "A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico."

A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico

Winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award. This book, with its unique focus on the entire marine coastal environment, is the most comprehensive and up-to-date field guide available on the southeastern Atlantic Coast Winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award. This book, with its unique focus on the entire marine coastal environment, is ...