Journal of Animal Science Cover Features Iowa State Student’s Illustration

  • July 1, 2014
  • By Barb McBreen     
Artwork shows skeletal muscle architecture that influences both muscle function and quality of meat products derived from it.


Iowa State University animal science senior MarleyBob Dobyns’ illustration of a skeletal muscle was featured on the January cover of the Journal of Animal Science.

The illustration was selected by the editor-in-chief to represent a collection of papers summarizing a symposium on muscle biology.

The illustration is one of two featured in The Science of Animal Growth and Meat Technology, a book written by Iowa State animal scientists David Topel, Dennis Marple, Steven Lonergan and F.C. Parrish, Jr.

Dobyns graduated cum laude in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and double minors in sustainability and biological and pre-medical illustration. Her mother is an art teacher, which she said is the basis for her interest in art and illustration. Illustrating real objects fits her personality and attention to detail, she said.

Illustrating is just one of Dobyns’ career goals. She’s planning to attend veterinary school after graduation. As an undergraduate she was a competitive diver on the Iowa State Swimming and Diving team since 2009.

Download PDF: Journal of Animal Science January 2014 Cover Art