Biographies

Leonardo Alannis, 3D–2D Pipeline: Digital Modeling Techniques for Illustration

© 2015 Leonardo Alannis

Leonardo Alannis
3D–2D Pipeline: Digital Modeling Techniques for Illustration
(8-hr workshop)

Based in Los Angeles, CA, Leonardo took an acute interest in both drawing and nature since very young. He holds a BS in evolutionary biology and ecology from CSU Northridge and a science illustration certificate from CSU Monterey Bay. While obtaining his undergraduate degree, he accumulated experience fine art, cinema, animation, writing, and public radio communications. He enjoys working with traditional media and digital media like Adobe Creative Suite, Maya, Mudbox, and ZBrush. The core of his work centers on depicting evolutionary processes in creative ways to inspire curiosity and admiration for the natural world.

Benjamin T. Arthur

Photo Credit: © 2015 Andrea Baker

Benjamin T. Arthur
Communicating Science Through Animation and Visual Media
(50-min presentation)

In 2008, Benjamin Arthur received a phone call from Robert Krulwich, co-host of Radiolab and longtime contributor to National Public Radio. This began a long and fruitful collaboration that included two animated shorts and over a dozen illustrations for Robert's delightful scientific musings. Since then he's worked with clients such as Freakonimics, Radiolab, TED, Dell, and many others. Winner of the Academy of Sciences communication award in 2014 for his animated work on NPR's acclaimed six-part series on the human microbiome, Benjamin's work has been part of museum exhibits and film festivals around the world.

Jennifer Bates

Jennifer Bates
After Grad School: Recent Graduate Students of the Monterey Program
(TED talk format, 50-min presentation)
Pyrographic Art (techniques showcase)

Jennifer is an artist-turned-biologist-turned-scientific illustrator with an affinity for all things bird related. She works in a wide variety of media including three-dimensional. Her work has been exhibited throughout California, as well as published in a number of web and print publications. Her goal as an artist is to reintroduce the beauty of the natural world to those who spend the majority of their lives in urban areas, and to inspire them to explore the living landscape just outside their windows. She currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington, and is also the vice president of the Northwest Chapter of the GNSI.

Sandy Ross Bender, Marine Life Gesture Drawing

Sandy Ross Bender
Marine Life Gesture Drawing (techniques showcase)

Sandy Ross Bender is a freelance author, artist, and illustrator as well as a registered architect, certified floodplain manager, and hazard mitigation specialist. His writings include college texts and numerous articles on sustainable and disaster resilient architecture for the American Society of American Registered Architects. He also performs and composes for instrumental ensembles of guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, clarinet, and harmonica. His compact disk entitled Terrain is available on Amazon.com. Sandy also enjoys cross country skiing, kayaking, geology, hydrology, and traveling to exotic places.

Quinn Burrell, Illustrator Inking

Quinn Burrell
Digital Inking in Adobe Illustrator (techniques showcase)

Quinn Burrell grew up in Ann Arbor, MI, but accompanied her mother on fieldwork trips across the Western US, where Quinn developed a fondness for biology. She studied evolutionary anthropology and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan, before moving to California to attend the CSUMB Science Illustration Program. Quinn currently resides in Chicago, IL, as artist and designer for a reproductive health game lab. She spends her days drawing condoms and animating Helper T cells, but persistently pitches games where she gets to draw bears.

Carrie Suzanne Carlson, Hand-painted Linoleum Block Prints and Etchings

© 2015 Carrie Carlson

Carrie Suzanne Carlson
Hand-painted Linoleum Block Prints and Etchings
(2-hr mini workshop)

Carrie Carlson earned a BA in biology and art from Luther College and an MFA in scientific illustration from the University of Michigan. Since completing her graduate work, she has become an avid printmaker and is currently pursuing an additional MA in printmaking. Carrie is also actively involved in a local grasslands restoration project and is a compulsive home landscaper. In her work, she hopes to inspire an appreciation for details in nature and the need for greater awareness of local at-risk flora and fauna populations. She is currently a high school educator on the south side of Chicago, splitting her fifteen years between the science and art departments.

Carol Cassidy,  Silverpoint/Metalpoint and Pastels for Illustrators

Photo credit: © 2012 Phillip Arnold

Carol Cassidy
Silverpoint/Metalpoint and Pastels for Illustrators: Surfaces (4-hr workshop)
Silverpoint/Metalpoint and Pastels for Illustrators: Techniques (4-hr workshop)

After graduating from Stony Brook University with a degree in fine art, Carol worked as an illustrator at Brookhaven National Laboratories and later at Stony Brook University Marine Sciences Research Center. She worked as a medical illustrator for fifteen years, both as a freelancer and at the University of Utah and at Primary Children’s Medical Center, and has illustrated various scientific publications and textbooks. She received her MS from Empire State College in liberal studies. Carol recently retired from teaching graphic design at SUNY Cobleskill. She has had solo shows at both SUNY Cobleskill and Stony Brook University, and has exhibited at various galleries in the Northeast US.

David Clarke, Science Comics: Illustration + Science + Storytelling

© 2015 David Clarke

David Clarke
Science Comics: Illustration + Science + Storytelling
(4-hr workshop)

In addition to his years as a freelance illustrator for children's books, advertising, and education, David has been making sequential art since the early nineties. Recently, he has been combining his interest in comics with his love of science. At present, he is developing a graphic novelization of the voyage of Joseph Banks and James Cook around the world.

Sondra Cohelan

Sondra Cohelan
Illustrating with Waxy Pencil
(50-min presentation)

Sondra Cohelan is a freelance illustrator based in Santa Cruz, California. In 1989, Sondra Cohelan obtained a BA in fine art from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 1997, she went on to earn a graduate certificate in natural science illustration from UC Santa Cruz, and interned at Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC. From 1998–2011 she taught botanical illustration classes at Santa Cruz Adult School. Since 1999, she’s served as assistant program director of the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast, helped facilitate the Ageless Art Project, and worked as an agency graphic artist. She is a long-time member of the SPECTRA Artist Cultural Council and a board member of Santa Cruz City Schools.

Lucy Conklin

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Lucy Conklin
Photoshop Techniques for Illustrating Space
(4-hr workshop)

As the child of two biologists, Lucy Conklin thought all children dissected the dead birds and frogs they found in the yard. She thought all adults knew the biological names of the wildflowers, and to this day she can't cross a body of water without looking for fish. Lucy holds a bachelor’s degree in physics, and a master’s certificate in science illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay. She currently teaches science illustration at CSU Monterey Bay, as well as the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her freelance clients include the Exploratorium, Edible magazine, The Scientist magazine, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, WIRED, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Marla Coppolino

Photo credit: © 2013 Jason Koski, courtesy Cornell University

Marla Coppolino
The Non-Charismatic Microfauna: How We as Illustrators Can Illuminate Appreciation for Snails and Other “Unlovely” Living Things
(50-min presentation)

Marla is a malacologist, focusing on land snails, as well as a biological illustrator and artist. Growing up in suburban New Jersey, at age seven she discovered tiny land snails under landscaping rocks in the yard. There began endless fascination and dedication to learning about the lives of land snails as well as a deep appreciation and connection to all of the natural world, with a passion for illustrating it. Working by day at Cornell University, she is also a research associate at the Paleontological Research Institution and the Delaware Museum of Natural History.

Zina Deretsky

Photo credit: © 2014, Zina Deretsky

Zina Deretsky
Large Informational Poster Projects (medical topics group)
(50-min presentation)

Zina holds an MA in medical illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She worked as an illustrator for many years for the National Science Foundation. She has also worked for the National Institutes of Health and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Her work has been published in Nature, Science, BBC, CNN, and many periodicals and books. She presently runs Zina Studio in Oakland, California.

Sean Vidal Edgerton
When Good Careers Stall: Working Through the Slump (panel)

As a science illustrator, my portfolio represents my passion to blend the worlds of art and science. I create art in the service of science and education. My portfolio focuses on the beauty of natural history and organisms needing our conservation efforts. “Endless forms most beautiful” represents the core of my work and dedication to my role as a scientist and artist. As a scientist and illustrator, I have a duty to share my findings to the world as an active and engaging science communicator.

Jennifer E. Fairman

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Jennifer E. Fairman
Minding Your Own Business (plenary talk)
Advanced Techniques in Adobe Photoshop (4-hr workshop)

Jennifer E. Fairman, CMI, FAMI, founded Fairman Studios in 2000. She is also assistant professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine where she previously received her MA in medical and biological illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Jennifer’s background includes experience in medical and scientific illustration, two-dimensional animation, web, and interactive and graphic design. Jennifer received her BA and BS from the University of Maryland. She is a professional member of the GNSI, the AMI, and the Illustrators Club of DC. She is an AMI fellow and the recipient of many AMI Awards of Merit, Excellence and Outstanding Achievement, a Smithsonian Women’s Committee grant, James Smithson Society fellowship, and Vesalius Trust research grant. Jennifer is the 1999 recipient of the Inez Demonet Award.

Linda M. Feltner

Linda M. Feltner
When Good Careers Stall: Working Through the Slump (panel)
Watercolor Pencil: From Sketching to Sophistication (techniques showcase)

Linda M. Feltner, president-elect of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, is an award-winning nature artist and educator. She combines the creativity of artistic design with strict standards of scientific accuracy, into what has become her trademark. Her areas of expertise include painting and drawing, teaching national workshops, and maintaining her flourishing freelance business in interpretive illustration. Linda has instructed for the University of Washington certificate program in natural science illustration, and is currently a teacher at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute. Linda’s aim is to provide a spark—to awaken curiosity and invite questions, to promote an appreciation for the complexity of nature, and to foster a desire to protect it. She is a signature member of Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists.

Joel Floyd

Photo credit: © 2015 Karen Sondak

Joel Floyd
Saving Original Scientific Illustrations
(50-min presentation)

Joel Floyd is a freelance scientific illustrator working with a variety of techniques and subject matter. He has a BS in biology from Northern Arizona University and an MS in entomology from the University of Arizona. He worked for the US Department of Agriculture for thirty-five years where he was an insect and plant disease identifier at international ports of entry and later worked on national invasive species programs and diagnostics coordination. Joel, who lives in Maryland and is the current president of the DC Chapter of the GNSI, has taught natural science illustration college classes, held drawing workshops for young people, and completed a large-scale indoor mural. He also has an ongoing interest in the history of insect illustration and the archiving of original scientific art.

Nicolle R. Fuller

Nicolle R. Fuller
A Nanotechnology Illustration Niche Beyond Sci-Fi: The Art and Science
(50-min presentation)
Running an Illustration Business (business panel)

Nicolle R. Fuller strives to visually communicate complex ideas. Based in Bellevue, Washington, her company Sayo-Art LLC works with a variety of national and international clients to create illustrations on scientific topics such as nanotechnology, ecology and astrophysics. Recent clients include Science magazine, Science News magazine, the American Association for Cancer Research, and scientists from UNESCO and several universities—including Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford. She primarily illustrates digitally, using a combination of three-dimensional programs (Cinema 4D, Eon Vue and ZBrush) and two-dimensional programs (Photoshop and Illustrator). Her background is in both art and science, with a graduate degree from the science illustration program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, a biochemistry degree, and work as a research assistant.

Wendy Hiller Gee

Photo credit: © 2015 Rubens da Silva

Wendy Hiller Gee
Understanding Health/Science Literacy for Visual Communicators
(plenary talk)

Wendy Hiller Gee, CMI, FAMI, is the Director of Medical Illustration and Design at Krames/StayWell, a healthcare engagement company. She has over twenty-five years of experience in medical illustration and creative direction, with a strong focus on health literacy and patient education. She holds an MA in medical illustration from the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School and has been a certified medical illustrator for over fifteen years. She is a fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators, past chair of the board, and is currently president-elect. She has been a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators since 1987. She dreams of one day having another flock of chickens, and will gladly show you endless pictures of her adorable pug.

Rebecca Gelernter, Introduction to SketchUp

Rebecca Gelernter
Introduction to SketchUp (4-hr workshop)
Introduction to SketchUp (techniques showcase)

Rebecca is an illustrator and designer from New Haven, CT. She’s been utterly devoted to birds since she was ten, and for a long time she wanted to study avian cognition. Halfway through her college career, Rebecca rediscovered her love of art. Deciding drawing birds was more fun than writing endless papers about them, she started looking into science illustration as a career. Over the next few years she discovered the joys of paleoart, took several art classes, and spent time volunteering in the Yale Peabody Museum's preparation lab, which convinced her she was in the right professional field and encouraged her to apply to California State University, Monterey Bay’s science illustration program. Her work today focuses mostly on birds and paleoart.

David S. Goodsell

David S. Goodsell
Illustrating the Machinery of Life: Principles and Practice (plenary talk)

David S. Goodsell is an associate professor of molecular biology at the Scripps Research Institute. He received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he used x-ray crystallography and computer graphics to study the structure of DNA. He now divides his time between biomolecular research and science education. He is author of the Molecule of the Month, a feature at the RCSB Protein Data Bank that presents the structure and function of a new molecule each month, and several illustrated books of biological molecules and their diverse roles within living cells, and the growing connections between biology and nanotechnology. More information may be found at http://mgl.scripps.edu/people/goodsell.

Chris Gralapp

Chris Gralapp
The Backwards Anvil: Perpetuating Visual Mistakes (medical topics group)

Chris Gralapp received her MA in medical illustration from the University of California, San Francisco, and has run her own illustration business ever since. Her main client is Stanford University, where she helps communicate concepts of head and neck surgery and anatomy.

Gail Guth

Photo credit: © 2015 R. Guth

Gail Guth
When Good Careers Stall: Working Through the Slump (panel)

Gail has been a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for forty years. She has been a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators since 1976, and has served as GNSI president, hosted two summer workshops, and served on several conference committees. She is currently the GNSI outreach director and coeditor of the guild’s Journal of Natural Science Illustration.

Michael Habib, Dinosaurs in Motion

Michael Habib
Dinosaurs in Motion: Reconstructing Mesozoic Vertebrates
(50-min presentation)

Dr. Michael Habib is an assistant professor in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and a research associate in the Dinosaur Institute at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. Michael is a paleontologist and biomechanist who reconstructs the anatomy, physiology, and motion of extinct animals. Michael is most widely recognized for his work on giant pterosaurs, the largest flying animals in Earth’s history, and for his work on feathered dinosaurs and the origin of flight in birds. He is the field leader for a Dinosaur Institute expedition that is excavating some of the largest dinosaurs to ever walk the Earth. For his ongoing work on the biomechanics of extinct organisms, Michael was named to the Popular Science “Brilliant 10” in 2014.

Nancy Halliday, Perspective of Shadows and Reflections

Nancy R. Halliday
Perspective of Shadows and Reflections (50-min presentation)
Small Mammals in Watercolor (techniques showcase)

Nancy is a founding member of the GNSI. She authored the bird illustration chapter in the GNSI Handbook. Her past employment includes Exhibits Artist at the Smithsonian Institution and Scientific Illustrator at the Florida State Museum. She has also freelanced extensively for scientists, conservation organizations and publishers. Nancy produced thirteen watercolor plates for Mammals of North America by Kays and Wilson, one of which won the Curator's Choice Award for Mammalogy in the GNSI exhibition at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in 2004 and 2005. Nancy's illustrations appeared in a recent research report describing a new species of mammal, the Olinguito from the cloud forests of the Andes Mountains.

Julie Himes, Fungus Fun: Mushroom Illustration

Photo credit: © 2015 Josh Walker

Julie Himes
Fungus Fun: Mushroom Illustration (2-hr mini workshop)

Julie is a lab manager at Monterey Peninsula College by day and science illustrator by night. She has a BA in integrative biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her illustration work centers around evolutionary biology and has been published in scientific journals including Science and the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Julie discovered the world of mushrooms while hiking and exploring Monterey Bay. In 2012, she began hiking with local mycologists to learn to identify species. As a member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, Julie participates in forays and the Fungus Fair. Her mushroom art has been displayed in exhibits in Santa Cruz and Berkeley, and she is developing an illustrated mushroom hunting and identification app.

Jodie S. Holt

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Jodie S. Holt
Invasive Plants: Using Art to Inspire Action (50-min presentation)

Jodie is professor of plant physiology and Distinguished Teaching professor, emeritus, at the University of California, Riverside, where she taught plant courses and conducted research on weedy and invasive plants for over thirty years. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has won awards for her research and teaching. Her coauthored book Ecology of Weedy and Invasive Plants is in its third edition. She regularly engages in botany outreach to a variety of audiences, young and old. In 2010 the San Diego Botanical Garden awarded her the Paul Ecke, Jr. Award of Excellence for her work promoting plants and conservation. In her (recent) retirement she remains active at UC Riverside in activities related to food and agriculture.


Erin Hunter

Photo credit: © 2012 Elliot Maioranat

Erin Hunter
Infographics and Figures for Academic Articles (group talk, 50-min presentation)

Erin E. Hunter is an Illustration Editor at Annual Reviews, focusing on Animal Biosciences, Biochemistry, and Nuclear and Particle Sciences. As an undergraduate she studied graphic design, working as a graphic designer and art director, and attended the science illustration program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Erin’s personal work focuses on the interactions between plants and animals, with a special interest in plant-pollinator relationships. She also teaches the occasional weekend workshop, giving classes in natural history, drawing, and painting. Erin lives with her family on California’s Monterey Peninsula. When she's not working at the computer, painting, or teaching, she can be found puttering in her backyard garden or hiking in coastal forests.

Martha Iserman
After Grad School: Recent Graduate Students of the Monterey Program (TED talk format, 50-min presentation)

Martha Iserman started her career as an artist and illustrator in Minneapolis, MN. She pursued science illustration independently in the Midwest before attending the science illustration program at California State University, Monterey Bay. Afterwards she lived and worked in Chicago before moving back to the Santa Cruz area. Her previous clients include VICE Magazine, The Field Museum, Education.com, 9X Digital Advertising, and Nuvimedix. She now works as the primary life sciences illustrator for Teacher’s Curriculum Institute (TCI), a K–12 textbook publishing company.

Frank Ippolito

Photo credit: © 2014 Clara Richardson

Frank Ippolito
Anatomy of a GNSI Motion Graphic (50-min presentation)

A staff illustrator in the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, Frank Ippolito's award winning illustration work has been commissioned by clients that include Scientific American, New York Times, Science Times, USGS, and the Audubon Society. His artwork is on exhibit at the AMNH and the National Zoo. A keynote speaker at GNSI's annual conference in 2005, Frank has since taught GNSI workshops in both natural and digital media. He currently teaches watercolor and digital animation at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. Frank recently retired from his thirty-year tenure at AMNH to pursue a more focused career in illustration, animation, and music. He released his first music CD, The Watermark Project (www.thewatermarkproject.com), in 2015. Frank regularly performs his work at venues around the New York City area.

Asher Jay

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Asher Jay
Art to Action: Influencing Behavior Through Creativity (50-min presentation)

Asher Jay is saving the world’s threatened wildlife—with creativity. Her cause-driven art, sculpture, design installations, films, and advocacy advertising campaigns bring attention to everything from oil spills and dolphin slaughters to shrinking lion populations. Much of her best-known work spotlights the illegal ivory trade. In 2013 Jay designed a blood ivory story on a huge animated billboard in New York’s Times Square for March For Elephants, which was viewed by 1.5 million people. Her upcoming projects will tackle biodiversity loss during the Anthropocene and expose threats to the world's most traded and endangered megafauna. Tackling issue after issue, Jay’s projects have become global sensations. Yet her ultimate goal is to motivate the one person she believes holds the real power to determine nature’s fate. You.

Ikumi Kayama

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Ikumi Kayama
Removing Backgrounds in Photoshop: A Comprehensive Review (50-min presentation)

Ikumi is the founder of Studio Kayama. Ikumi is currently working with surgeons and researchers to create educational illustrations on neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery procedures. When not illustrating, she is walking about drawing, counting, and painting birds. Ikumi holds an MA in medical and biological illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a BFA in scientific illustration from the University of Georgia. Her work has appeared internationally in juried shows, exhibits, textbooks, scientific journals, presentations, and websites. She is a recipient of the Frank Netter Scholarship in medical art and is a TEDx speaker on medical and scientific illustration. Visit http://studiokayama.com and say hello!

Jane Kim

Photo credit: © 2014 Courtesy of Ink Dwell

Jane Kim
Painting on Walls: The Art and Illustrations by Jane Kim (plenary talk)

Jane Kim is the founder of Ink Dwell studio, which merges classical techniques with modern simplicity to create fine art, large-scale commissions, environmental campaigns, and science illustrations. She has produced work for organizations including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Aquarium and is the creator of the Migrating Mural, an art campaign that highlights endangered animals along migration corridors they share with humans.

Kristine Kirkeby, Visual Arts in K-12

Kristine Kirkeby
Visual Arts in K–12 Schools: If You Don’t Teach It, Who Will?
(4-hr workshop)

Kristine Kirkeby is a freelance natural science illustrator, educated in biology and fine arts. She was Director of the College of Biological Sciences Art Services at the University of Minnesota for many years where she did scientific illustration, graphic design, and photography. Kristine's fascination with both art and science has led her to an intense focus on how to combine these two disciplines. She designed and implemented K–12 art and biology curricula, working with five Minnesota Artist Residency Programs. She taught an average of 5,000 students at 14 different schools a year. After moving to Oregon she redesigned the bird component, creating an “Audubon in the Schools” curriculum, and began training other instructors to teach this K–6 program. To date it has reached more than 10,000 students. Kris produces most of her art in watercolors and exhibits her work in local, state, and national shows. She lives in Eugene, OR.

Maryjo Koch

Maryjo Koch
The Reason for Painting Nature and Teaching What I Know (50-min presentation)

Maryjo Koch is an accomplished watercolor artist and the author of more than twenty illustrated gift books. Her paintings and prints are sold in galleries and gift shops nationwide, while her artwork has been featured on a wide range of gift and stationery lines and fine housewares products. She was awarded the Scientific American Young Reader's Book Award for two of her books, Pond Lake River Sea and Dragonfly Beetle Butterfly Bee. Koch works and teaches nature illustration from her studio in Santa Cruz, California.

John Muir Laws

Photo credit: © 2015 Cybele Renault

John Muir Laws
This is Your Brain on Paper (plenary talk)

John Muir Laws is a nature journaling evangelist and teaches free nature journaling workshops throughout the Bay Area. He is the author of the Laws Guide to Drawing Birds and the Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling. He maintains a website of free nature drawing and journaling tips. Laws is also a science educator and has developed curriculum materials to help teachers integrate art, science, and language arts through nature journaling.

Andrew S. Leach

Photo credit: © 2014 Andrew Leach

Andrew S. Leach
After Grad School: Recent Graduate Students of the Monterey Program
(TED talk format)

Andrew Leach’s illustrations demonstrate a keen sensitivity to bird behavior and anatomy through diagrams, anatomical illustrations, maps, and cartoon-style characters. Since October 2012, Andrew has been a science illustrator at The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology (CLO). He collaborates with the CLO education department on the comprehensive bird biology website: Bird Academy. In January 2016, “All About Bird Anatomy” was launched which features Andrew’s multilayered interactive drawings. He is currently illustrating all thirty-nine species of the birds-of-paradise for a book to be published later in the year. Andrew holds a graduate certificate in scientific illustration from California State University Monterey Bay, a BS in landscape architecture from Temple University, and a BFA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Marjorie Leggit, From NOTAN to Plein-Air Snapshots: A Different Approach to Field Sketching

Marjorie Leggitt
From NOTAN to Plein-Air Snapshots: A Different Approach to Field Sketching (4-hr workshop)

Marjorie Leggitt, an award winning science illustrator and creative director, began her art career at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History illustrating land snails. Running her own company since 1985, she creates art for print and online publications, teaches botanical illustration and plein-air workshops throughout the United States, and produces educational conferences. Honoring a longtime passion for children’s literature and natural history, Marjorie’s current work focuses on loose and colorful visuals for kids’ natural history books and commercial products. Surrounded by collections of natural science specimens, she is most at home when drawing from nature.

Melissa Logies Digital Colorization and Painting in Photoshop

Melissa Logies
Digital Colorization and Painting in Photoshop (4-hr workshop)
Digital Colorization and Painting in Photoshop (techniques showcase)

Melissa holds a BFA in biomedical art from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a graduate certificate in science illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay. She has served as a scientific illustration intern at the California Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Melissa has also worked on projects for numerous institutions in her hometown Cleveland, Ohio, such as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, the Cleveland Metroparks, and University Hospitals Case Medical Center. With her primary interests being botany and entomology, Melissa loves to capture the beautiful, intricate details of the specimens she observes to reveal to viewers just how incredible each organism is.

Glenda Lee Mahoney

Photo credit: © 2012 Anna Rascouët-Paz

Glenda Lee Mahoney
Infographics and Figures for Academic Articles
(group talk, 50-min presentation)

Glenda Lee Mahoney is an illustration editor at Annual Reviews, a nonprofit scientific publisher located in Palo Alto, California. She also freelances and creates fine art out of her home studio near the coast. She has always been inspired by the ocean and its creatures, and has a BS in aquatic biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a graduate certificate in scientific illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and illustrated for other academic institutions such as Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University and the University of Western Australia. Examples of her work can be seen at www.glendamahoney.com.

Tania Marien When Good Careers Stall

Photo credit: © 2013 Deborah B. Shaw

Tania Marien
When Good Careers Stall: Working Through the Slump (panel)

Tania Marien has worked as an independent professional for many years, first as adjunct faculty, then as an independent educator at ArtPlantae. Like other freelancers, she has pieced together an income without the benefits that come with traditional employment. Because of her experiences, the freelance condition and the future of work are of special interest to her. She looks forward to participating on the panel about freelancing.

Baldo Marinovic
Krill: The Common Currency in California's Coastal Waters
(50-min presentation)

Baldo is a lecturer with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and an Associate Research Biologist with the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He teaches courses in ecology and evolution as well as invertebrate zoology. His research centers on krill population dynamics within California coastal waters as well as food web interactions of the pelagic region of this ecosystem.

Fiona R. Martin

Fiona R. Martin
Infographics and Figures for Academic Articles
(group talk, 50-min presentation)

Fiona R. Martin is a senior illustration editor at Annual Reviews, a nonprofit scientific publisher located in Palo Alto, California. She specializes in vector infographics for research journals, college textbooks, and scientific publishers—including Annual Reviews, Princeton University Press, and NOAA Climate.gov. Fiona has a BS in marine biology and a graduate certificate in science illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Through her illustrations, she strives to explain complex marine ecosystems and the factors influencing climate change. She works primarily in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, with occasional forays in acrylic painting and pen-and-ink drawing. She telecommutes from her home studio in Prescott, Arizona. Samples of her work can be seen at www.visualizingscience.com.

Andrew McAfee Blender Basics

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Andrew McAfee
Blender Basics: Getting Started in 3D for Free (4-hr workshop)

Andrew has a BS in Biology from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he studied ornithology, ichthyology, and digital art. Andrew earned his graduate certificate in science illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay, where he discovered a keen new interest in scientific animation as well as illustration.

Brynn Metheney Digital Drawing for Science and Fantasy

Brynn Metheney
Digital Drawing for Science and Fantasy (2-hr mini workshop)

Brynn Metheney is a freelance illustrator and concept artist living and working in Oakland, CA. She specializes in creature design, animal illustration, and visual development for publishing, film, and games.

Catherine Miller

Catherine Miller
Dinos and Drinks: Unconventional Outreach for Unusual Times
(50-min presentation)

Catherine Miller is an exhibit graphic designer and illustrator at the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She recently moved to the Marketing Department after spending fifteen years as a part of the Exhibits Department.

Terri Nelson

Photo credit: © 2014 Stewart Loving-Gibbard

Terri Nelson
Field Sketching While Freezing: An Artist in the Antarctic
(50-min presentation)

Terri Nelson is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Portland, Oregon. She was one of the recent recipients of the National Science Foundation's Artist in the Antarctic grant. She spent three months living at Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, studying and drawing the wily snowy sheathbill. She and her cowriter, Susan McCarthy, are in the midst of creating a book about the sheathbill and other unpopular animals.

Julie Newdoll

© 2015 Julie Newdoll

Julie Newdoll
A Chemistry Card Game Like No Other: My Journey to Neon
(medical topics group, 50-min presentation)

Julie Newdoll specializes in making chemistry and molecular biology accessible through board games, card games, paintings, and illustrations. She develops metaphors and symbols, engineered herself or jointly with clients. Her latest card game, Electronimoes, has the endorsement of a Nobel Prize-winning chemist. Her paintings are in the collections of Nobel Prize winners, as well.

Christie A. Newman

© 2016 Christie Newman

Christie A. Newman
Infographics and Figures for Academic Articles (group talk)

Christie Newman is an illustration editor and previous intern for the nonprofit scientific publisher, Annual Reviews. Prior to working at Annual Reviews, she completed a BA in scientific illustration from the University of Georgia and a master’s certificate in scientific illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay. Christie is fascinated by all modes of visual storytelling and explores them as both a fine artist and a designer from her home studio in Atlanta, Georgia. She is particularly interested in the intersection of fine art and infographics, and the integration of writing into visual art. Her online portfolio can be viewed at christienewman.com.

Gloria Louise Nusse, Craniofacial Anatomy and Emotion of the Face

Photo of Gloria Nusse in her studio by Arthur Cordisco

Gloria Louise Nusse
Craniofacial Anatomy and Emotion of the Face (8-hr workshop)

Gloria Louise Nusse is a scientific sculptor with an MS in biological anthropology. She is also an anatomist and teaches human anatomy at San Francisco State University. She has published in the Journal of Forensic Identification, as well as the books Forensic Art Essentials by Lois Gibson and Broken Bones, The Forensic Analysis of Blunt Force Trauma edited by Alison Galloway and Vicki Wedel. She is a member of various professional organizations. Her work has been featured on television in 48 Hours, America’s Most Wanted, and in various interviews. Her most recent reconstructions and publications include the recreation of two persons who lived 4,000 years ago in Bahrain. Her law enforcement facial reconstructions have aided in the personal identity of more than 14 unidentified remains.

Laurie O’Keefe

Photo credit: © 2015 Brunette

Laurie O’Keefe
My Journey Specializing in Veterinary Medical Illustration
(50-min presentation)

Laurie O'Keefe has been working independently as a bio-medical illustrator for more than twenty-five years. She received an MS in anatomy with a concentration in biomedical illustration at Colorado State University and has since been very busy exploring all illustration avenues. Her work has been featured in (a zillion) textbooks, museum exhibits, magazines, children's picture books, medical-legal and interpretive exhibits, greeting cards and wine labels. She currently lives and works from her home studio based on Orcas Island, Washington.

Betsy Palay

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Betsy Palay
Picture as Portal: Strategies for the Visual Communication of Science
(medical topics group, 50-min presentation)

Betsy has more than 25 years of experience developing visual communications for clients that include Genentech, NASA, and scores of biotech startups. She has an MS in medical and biological illustration from the University of Michigan, is a board-certified medical illustrator, and is a past president and fellow of the AMI. Her work has won over 120 industry awards. Betsy has taught the visual communication of science at UCSF and Stanford University, and is now a partner in Picture as Portal™ LLC, along with medical illustrator Tami Tolpi. They are launching an online course with the mission of empowering anyone—through a simple course of training—to create clear, compelling pictures that communicate about science, technology, and other subjects, no matter how complex.

Mary Parrish

Mary Parrish
History of Scientific Illustration/Art History (50-min presentation)

Mary began working at the National Museum of Natural History in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology in 1979, and was hired as staff artist in the Department of Paleobiology in 1983. Her illustrations have been published in Science, Nature, and numerous other journals and books, on many websites, and in many exhibitions. Mary co-coordinated the GNSI annual conference in DC in 1986 and in 1996; she has been a GNSI member since 1982. In 1995, Mary initiated the systematic organization and care of her department’s historical illustrations, which she curates, researches exhibits, and advocates for internally. In 2013–2014 Mary fought hard to save the excellent original art (including large murals) slated for demolition when NMNH's paleontology exhibit halls closed for renovation.

Reid Psaltis, Maquette Building

Reid Psaltis
Maquette Building (8-hr workshop)
Public Domain Assisted Animation (techniques showcase)

Reid is a graduate of the California State University of Monterey Bay’s science illustration program, particularly interested in illustrating dinosaurs. He majored in oil painting at Western Washington University, and also interned in the exhibitions department at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His latest interest is building maquettes to help guide his illustrations of hard-to-draw subjects. Reid’s work has been featured in Study Group Comics, The Bear Deluxe, Trip City, Science Notes, and other publications. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Adam Ratner

Adam Ratner
Saving Seals and Sea Lions in California (50-min presentation)

Adam Ratner is the guest experience manager at the Marine Mammal Center, a nonprofit marine mammal hospital and education facility, in Sausalito, California. He oversees the visitor and education operations, including training and managing the 130 education volunteers, tour and classroom programming, and exhibits. Adam also leads numerous sustainability initiatives and education programming including climate change, ocean trash, and sustainable seafood. Adam has been selected as a Community Climate Change Fellow by the National Association of Environmental Education, and is a member of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, Bay Area Climate Literacy Collaborative, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program and the Bay Area Sustainable Seafood Alliance.

Scott Rawlins, A Dry Media Combo

Scott Rawlins
A Dry Media Combo for Lab and Field Sketching (4-hr workshop)
Hybrid Pen and Ink: A Mixture of Digital and Traditional Techniques to Create Effective Line Drawings (techniques showcase)

Scott Rawlins graduated from Earlham College with a degree in biology, and holds graduate degrees in museum education and medical and biological illustration from the George Washington University and the University of Michigan respectively. Scott is a Professor at Arcadia University where he teaches scientific illustration and design. He regularly exhibits his artwork nationally and has served on the boards of the Guild as well as the American Association of Botanical Artists. His illustrations have appeared in the Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Invertebrate Biology and Acta Zoologica. Scott currently works as a research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

Deborah Shaw, Business Panel

Photo credit: © 2016,
Nala Senanayake

Deborah B. Shaw
Running an Illustration Business (business panel)

Deborah Shaw is principal of dbShaw Studios, an award-winning design firm, specializing in print, interactive multimedia/web design, information design, illustration, and scientific illustration. She has been responsible for many large-scale integrated design projects that required surmounting multi lingual, multi cultural, physical, and “uncomfortable” barriers. She has taught illustration, digital design and information design at the University of California, Irvine, Extension where she was the recipient of the “Distinguished Instructor” award. She also has taught botanical art at numerous venues, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Bowers Museum and the Virginia Robinson Gardens. Deborah has a degree in fine art from Pomona College, The Claremont Colleges, where she studied botany and native California flora. Her passion is illustrating interesting, unloved, and unappreciated botanical specimens.

Barry Sinervo

Barry Sinervo
Rock-Paper-Scissors Colors and Patterns in Animals Across the World
(50-min presentation)

Barry Sinervo, Full Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz, is an evolutionary biologist who conducts research on behavioral ecology, game theory, and the biotic impacts of climate change. He discovered the first biological example of the rock-paper-scissors game, played by the side-blotched lizard. He is currently researching contemporary extinctions of reptiles and amphibians and changes in plant communities driven by climate change, leading a multinational research team of scientists developing physiological models of the biotic impacts of climate change on diverse biological systems, and measuring the biotic impacts of climate from equatorial sites to polar regions. He is also director of the UC-wide Institute for the Study of the Ecological and Evolutionary Climate Impacts, a research consortium funded by a UL Presidential Research Catalyst Award.

Rick Simonson

Photo credit: © 2010 Carlita Sandford

Rick Simonson
Using the iPad® in a Science Illustration Workflow (50-min presentation)
Galapagos Islands: Biology and Natural History (50-min presentation)

Rick Simonson is a scientific illustrator and the president of Science Lab Studios, Inc. He is the current vice president of the Great Plains Chapter of the GNSI. Most of his work involves developing publications for science education and research. Rick works mostly in digital media, more specifically vector graphics. His work has been featured in The Adobe Illustrator CS3 WOW! book, Layers Magazine, and a variety of textbooks and research journals. Rick also teaches college biology and scientific illustration courses at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Kate Spencer
Marine Mammals (50-min presentation)

Kate will share her experiences working with a whale photo identification project and other wildlife studies at Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well as her experience getting on BBC's Big Blue Live doing some very public science communication.

Bricelyn H. Strauch

Bricelyn H. Strauch
Using the Character Animator App with Adobe After Effects CC 2015
(techniques showcase)

Bricelyn is a certified medical illustrator and animator based in Salt Lake City. She received her BFA in scientific illustration from the University of Georgia and her MA in medical illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Working in two- and three-dimensional media, Bricelyn is a medical illustrator for StayWell and is principal of B. Strauch Studios. Her scientific artistic interests include ichthyology, herpetology, cell biology, general surgery, and patient education. She's worked with a variety of institutions such as the California Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Sara Taliaferro, Galapagos Islands

Sara Taliaferro
Galapagos Islands: Biology and Natural History (50-min presentation)

Sara is a natural science illustrator specializing in entomological, botanical, and paleontological illustration rendered in computer-generated line and color, pen and ink, carbon dust, watercolor, and acrylic. Her work is primarily published in books and journal articles, yet she also exhibits and sells natural history fine art. Prior to starting her own business, Happy Beetle Studio, she held a staff position with the Museum of Natural History and Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas, working with Dr. James S. Ashe, a specialist on aleocharine beetles, family Staphylinidae. Sara teaches scientific illustration through the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. She currently serves as the Education Director for the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and is the Secretary/Treasurer of GNSI-Great Plains Chapter. She is a Citizen Artist for the Lawrence Field Office of the US Department of Arts and Culture, a nonfederal agency. Sara holds an MS in botany genetics from the University of Kansas and a BS in education of biology from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. She is the 2012 recipient of the GNSI Distinguished Service Award.

Alice R. Tangerini Illustrating Plants: Traditional to Digital

Alice R. Tangerini
Illustrating Plants: Traditional to Digital (50-min presentation)

Alice R. Tangerini has been the staff illustrator for the Botany Department of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) at the Smithsonian Institution since 1972. In this position she has illustrated over 1,000 species of plants, mostly in pen and brush with ink, and on occasion graphite and digital color. Her illustrations have appeared in scientific periodicals, floras, and books. Typically she uses dried herbarium specimens but assignments have taken her to California, Hawaii, and Guyana where she was able to draw from living material. She has taught classes and exhibited her artwork at botanical gardens, universities and other museums. Alice also manages and curates a collection of botanical illustrations in her department. A portion of this collection can be seen at http://botany.si.edu/botart/.

Andrew Q. Tran

Andrew Q. Tran
From Service to Product: Medical Illustration in the Tech Industry
(medical topics group, 50-min presentation)

Andrew is a digital product designer for healthcare and biotech. He’s a designer at Vave Health, and principal of Kandeo Studios. Before obtaining his MSc in biomedical communications from the University of Toronto in 2014, Andrew spent five years in academia and biotech as a preclinical researcher. Currently, he is especially interested in improving mental health, low-income healthcare, personalized medicine, and public accessibility of scientific research.

Breck Tyler

© 2013 Breck Tyler

Breck Tyler
Albatrosses: Ecology and Conservation of Pacific Ocean Wanderers
(plenary talk)

Breck Tyler is a seabird biologist with the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Friday Harbor Labs at the University of Washington. He’s spent almost 40 years studying the behavioral ecology and conservation of seabirds and marine mammals throughout the Pacific. Breck currently oversees programs to monitor seabird populations and to prevent injury to marine birds and mammals during oil spills. His other passion is teaching immersive undergraduate field courses in natural history, ecology, and ornithology. Breck believes the best way to learn about the natural world is to observe it first hand. All of his courses feature significant time in the field, where students learn to observe critically. This skill allows them to continue to learn and enjoy—whether their interests are personal or professional. ­

Suzan R. Wallace

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Suzan R. Wallace
Digital Presentations: Easy Apps Make Stunning Programs
(50-min presentation)

Capt. Suzan Wallace, MFA, is a college adjunct onboard Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base teaching soldiers how appreciating art can be both culturally stimulating and therapeutic. Suzan has presented for GNSI, various art/science/technology conferences, museums, universities, and teacher staff-development seminars. Both of her adult children are in “new media” career fields: an IT in animation and DIT in the film industry. She is currently finishing her PhD in eco-art therapy as she continues to initiate illustrated/plein air adventures aboard her studio boat, the SV Sparrow, along the coastal Carolinas.

Suzanne Wegener, Rendering Textures with Gouache

Suzanne Wegener
Rendering Textures with Gouache (4-hr workshop)

A love of science and art led Suzanne to a degree in scientific illustration from Northern Illinois University and an MS in biomedical visualization from UIC. A teacher in the fine art and botanical illustration field for over 20 years, she teaches watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite among other media at various botanic gardens and museums throughout the Chicagoland area and the Midwest. Suzanne worked at the Morton Arboretum for eleven years where she developed classes and managed the Nature Arts Education program which includes botanical art and photography. Suzanne is a past president of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Brooke A Weiland, How to Make an Animated GIF with Photoshop

Brooke A. Weiland
How to Make an Animated GIF with Photoshop (techniques showcase)

Brooke’s goal is to render science into clarity for universal understanding. To this end, she illustrates, animates, and designs. Brooke has a background in science with undergraduate degrees in biology and environmental studies. When she realized that her ambition lay in communicating science she sought and attended the Scientific Illustration graduate program at California State University at Monterey Bay, graduating in 2015. It was through this program that Brooke developed a passion for digital illustration and animation. She currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin as a freelance science illustrator. In her spare time she is pursuing animation, data visualization and web development.

Terryl Anne Whitlatch

Photo credit: © 2015 Jacob Pace

Terryl Anne Whitlatch
The Science of Creature Design (plenary talk)
Believable Creature Creation (4-hr workshop)

Terryl Whitlatch is an internationally respected creature designer, specializing in the anatomy of existing, prehistoric, and imaginary animals for animation and visual development in the entertainment industry. She has contributed to many films and related projects for over thirty years, including Star Wars, Brother Bear, and Brave, to name a few. Her clients include Lucasfilm, Ltd., Disney Feature Animation, Electronic Arts, Paramount, Sony, and PDI Dreamworks. Among her published books are The Wildlife of Star Wars, The Katurran Odyssey, Animals Real and Imagined, and most recently published, The Science of Creature Design and Principles of Creature Design. She also the creator of Creatures of Amalthea, a free online course in creature design (www.creaturesofamalthea.com) and an instructor for Schoolism (www.schoolism.com)

Bruce Worden Science Comics

Bruce Worden
Science Comics: Illustration + Science + Storytelling (4-hr workshop)

Bruce Worden is the scientific illustrator at the Journal of Clinical Investigation, a premier venue for discoveries in basic and clinical biomedical science. He clings tightly to a BFA in scientific illustration from University of Michigan. He has worked as an exhibit designer for science museums, as a freelance illustrator, and as an art teacher. But most of the time he'd rather just draw comics.

Natalya Zahn

Photo credit: © 2015 Heather McGrath

Natalya Zahn
Nature as my Guide: Carving a Career Path in Illustration
(50-min presentation)
Running an Illustration Business (business panel)

Natalya Zahn is a Boston-based illustrator and designer deeply inspired by science and nature subjects. Raised in the rural wilds of Vermont (riding horses, frequenting ag fairs, and scavenging the woods for sketch-worthy artifacts), she went on to earn a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design—where the battle of a sperm whale and giant squid played a starring role in her thesis work. Though her expressive work is definitively contemporary, and popular in commercial markets, her lifelong passion for biology, zoology and anatomy has resulted in collaborations with clients including National Geographic, San Diego Zoo, the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Pollinator Partnership, and Longwood Botanical Gardens.