Luke Best ("A Tale of Two Islands," illustration) has created packaging for Chobani, a mural for the children's ward of the Royal London Hospital, and art for publications such as Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Guardian, and Harper's Magazine.

Rob Dobi ("Sharing the High Seas," illustration) is a Connecticut-based artist who creates editorial illustrations for clients including The New York Times, Variety, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly. He also has designed merchandise for some of the biggest bands in the world.

Jim Duffy ("Blue Bloods") explores topics in history, culture, science, and medicine. He lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the subject of his Secrets of the Eastern Shore book series.

Chloe Niclas ("The Tumultuous Year of the Fish," illustration) is a Baltimore illustrator and a guest lecturer at the Gage Academy of Art. Her art is included in the Of the Earth online exhibition on

Rich Shea ("Deep Down Below"), a resident of Washington, D.C., is a former newspaper and magazine editor who now writes freelance articles and screenplays.

Melody Schreiber ("Currents of Change"), A&S '15 (MA), is a freelance journalist who has reported from nearly every continent for The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and others. She is the editor of What We Didn't Expect: Personal Stories of Premature Birth (Melville House, 2020).

On the cover

On the cover U.K.-based artist Sam Falconer had just wrapped up illustrating a children's book on the life cycle of water when he started working on the cover of this ocean-themed issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine. "The topic was very much on my mind!" he says. With this illustration, Falconer sought to capture the vastness and wonder of the ocean, while hinting at some of the stories you'll find on these pages.