Staff Profile


Career Summary


Dr Andrew Howells is a Lecturer in Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle. His research interests include conservation science, digital and traditional illustration practice, and drawing as enquiry. His PhD research was based on the confluence of these topics in a project titled Elephant: Art and Science. In line with his research interests, Dr Howells teaches into the Natural History Illustration program with a focus on; studio studies, field studies and scientific illustration courses. He also brings with him valuable industry experience, having held roles in amination, graphic design and illustration in both an agency and freelance contexts.


  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 08/08/2012
  • Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Newcastle, 07/12/2001


Research keywords

  • Art and Science Collaboration
  • Drawing Practice
  • Illustration Methods

Research expertise

Area of research focus:

  • Drawing as inquiry
  • Digital/Traditional Illustration Practice
  • Natural History Illustration
  • Art and Science collaboration

These research topics formed the basis of my PhD research titled Elephant: art and Science


  • English

Fields of Research

120307Visual Communication Design (Incl. Graphic Design)50
199999Studies In The Creative Arts And Writing Not Elsewhere Classified30
130201Creative Arts, Media And Communication Curriculum And Pedagogy20


Andrew's research focus is on the role of art and science in collaborative research. Andrew's PhD research sore him collaborate with veterinary science researchers in the development of a tool for the visual assessment of body condition for captive Asian Elephants. Andrew is currently developing a research relationship with Sydney's Taronga zoo, with a focus on the role of the artist/illustrator in conservation science.


Teaching keywords

  • Digital Illustration
  • Drawing
  • Illustration
  • Natural History Illustration


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Conference (1 outputs)

2014Howells AN, 'Technology, Illustration and Science', Symposium SPECTRA 2012, CSIRO, Black Mountain, Canberra (2014)

Creative Work (3 outputs)

2013Howells AN, Howells A, Wild Tone, The Newcastle Theatre Company, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J3]
2012Howells AN, Howells A, Elephant: Art and Science (2012)
2011Howells AN, Howells, Elephant: Art and Science, The University of Newcastle Art Gallery (2011)

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

2014Howells AN, Elephant: Art and Science, The University of Newcastle (2014)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants1
Total funding$2,000

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2014 (1 grants)

Faculty PVC Conference Assistance Grant 2014$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor Andrew Howells
PVC Conference Assistance GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.9

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD(Natural History Illustrat)Principal SupervisorInvestigating Natural History Illustration Practice as Chorography
20142018PhD(Natural History Illustrat)Co-SupervisorBeyond Exploration: Illustrating the Botanical Legacy of Ludwig Leichhardt

Dr Andrew Howells

Work Phone(02) 4921 5357
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaDesign and Natural History Illustration
Design Building Room D208,
Design Building,
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308