Biographies

GNSI presenters and workshop instructors come from various background and cover many areas of expertise from art education to scientific communication.

More biographies will be added as they are confirmed.

Questions? Contact the Program Coordinators or the Workshop Coordinator.

©2006, Angela Leed.

Karen Ackoff

8 hour full-day workshop

Demonstration at technique showcase

Karen Ackoff has a BFA in Illustration from the Philadelphia College of Art (1977) and an MFA in Medical Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology (1985). From 1987‐1997, she worked as Scientific Illustrator at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. From 1997‐2013, she was Professor of Fine Arts at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend, and was Program Director of Graphic Design. She continues to create art, write, exhibit, and conduct workshops.

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Brooke A Alexander

University of Wisconsin-Madison

4 hour half-day workshop

Brooke Alexander is a visual science communication specialist. She has a background in biology and environmental studies, science illustration, and strategic communication. Presently, Brooke is finishing up her Masters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Life Sciences Communication. She has digital skills and expertise in Photoshop, Illustrator, and AfterEffects. To learn more about Brooke, please visit brookeweiland.com.

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2017, Amanda Almon.

Amanda S Almon

Rowan University / Bioartmedia

8 hour full-day workshop

Lecture Presentation

Amanda S. Almon is a Certified Medical Illustrator. She earned her BFA in Medical Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her MFA in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Michigan. Almon is an active biomedical illustrator and animator, specifically in cell biology, patient education, data and science visualizations, interactive simulations and games. Almon has published work for television, film, websites, tradeshows, games and textbooks. Her previous work has been viewed on the Discovery Channel, Oprah Winfrey with Dr. Oz, with Visible Productions, That’s Nice Productions, AgencyRX, Lemming Labs, Atbosh Media, McGraw-Hill, Lachina Publishing Services, Prentice Hall, etc. Almon currently works as an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the new BFA in Biomedical Art and Visualization at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.

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Valerie K Altounian

4 hour half-day workshop

As a Senior Scientific Illustrator for the journal Science, Valerie Altounian has had to create editorial and didactic illustrations and data visualizations covering a wide range of areas. A graduate of the Medical Illustration program at Rochester Institute of Technology, Valerie draws from her broad life science understanding and creativity to tease apart the complexities of a research paper and find a way to communicate it visually. She turns to the flexibility of 3D modeling to build the pieces needed to complete figures on short deadlines with multiple people to answer to.

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Twitter @oooitsplasma

©2014, Mark Thiessen.

Fernando Gomez Baptista

National Geographic

Plenary

2-day workshop

Fernando Gomez Baptista holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of País Vasco, Spain. He worked as a freelance illustrator and designer before joining the newspaper El Correo in 1993. In 2007, he became part of the graphics team at National Geographic Magazine in D.C., and in 2012, he was named one of the top 5 Most influential graphic artist of the last 20 years. Fernando has taught at conferences and workshops around the world. He has won more than 200 awards from editions of Society for News Design (SND), Malofiej, British Archaeologist Award, SPD, ÑH, and Best American Infographic, including the Peter Sullivan award, often referred to as the “Pulitzer” for infographics. He was nominated for two Emmy awards for his stop-animation works.

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Callan Bentley

Northern Virginia Community College

Plenary

Callan Bentley is a geology professor at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA. He studied geology at the College of William & Mary and the University of Maryland, and Science Education at Montana State University. Callan writes the popular geology blog, Mountain Beltway. He is a Contributing Editor for EARTH magazine, President of the two-year-college division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and Past-President of the Geological Society of Washington. Callan was recognized with the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the Biggs Award for Geoscience Teaching Excellence, from the Geological Society of America in 2014, the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award in 2015, and Fellowship in the Geological Society of America in 2017. 
He lives in the Fort Valley of western Virginia.

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Quinn Burrell

University of Chicago

Panelist for panel discussion/Short Talks

8 hour full-day workshop

Quinn Burrell is a digital illustrator and 3D artist based in Chicago, IL. As a child, she accompanied her mother on fieldwork trips across the Western US, where Quinn developed a fondness for biology. She studied anthropology and biology at the University of Michigan before moving to California to attend the CSUMB Science Illustration Program. 
Quinn is currently lead artist for Game Changer Chicago, a game lab specializing in reproductive health education.

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Kirsten Carlson

Fathom It Studios

Demonstration at technique showcase

Lecture Presentation

Kirsten Carlson lives in Hawaii and freelances as an ocean-inspired science communicator. She works with scientists, educators and children's book publishers to create products that inspire diverse audiences to connect with nature through science and art.

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©2017, Jen Christiansen

Jen Christiansen

Scientific American

Plenary

Jen Christiansen is senior graphics editor at Scientific American, where she art directs and produces illustrated information graphics and data visualizations. She completed undergraduate studies in geology and art at Smith College, then happily merged the two disciplines in the scientific illustration graduate program at UC Santa Cruz. She began her publishing career in NY at Scientific American in 1996, moved to DC to join the art department of National Geographic, spent four years as a freelance science communicator, then rejoined the SciAm team in 2007. She’s a regular contributor to SA Visual—the Scientific American art blog—writing on topics ranging from reconciling her love for art and science, to her quest to learn more about the pulsar chart on Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover.

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Daisy Chung

4 hour half-day workshop

Panelist for panel discussion/Short Talks

Daisy is a scientific illustrator originally from Taiwan and New Zealand. She currently works at National Geographic in Washington, DC as a Junior Graphics Editor, where she produces graphics, animations, and art for the magazine.

Daisy holds a Graduate Certificate in Science Illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay (2015), and a BA in Biological Sciences and Visual Arts at Rice University, Houston TX. Daisy aims to make science more accessible through creating engaging visuals, and works directly with experts to communicate their research. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, National Geographic, and Trend In Immunology. Her graphics have won awards from Society for News Design and Malofiej. When not drawing, you can find Daisy hiking, climbing rocks, and finding different uses for avocados.

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Jonathan Coddington, PhD

Jonathan Coddington became Director of the Global Genome Initiative in November 2014, after six years as the National Museum of Natural History’s Associate Director for Science and Global Genome Initiative co-lead. He is also a Senior Scientist in the Department of Entomology, having started there in 1983. His research interests span the systematics and evolution of spiders, especially orbweavers; issues in systematic theory and method, the theory and design of biological inventories, and, most recently, biodiversity genomics. Dr. Coddington has a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University.

Sara Lynn Cramb

Lecture Presentation (50 minutes or 2 hours)

Sara Lynn Cramb is an award-winning illustrator of many educational children’s books, including “If You Are a Kaka, You Eat Doo Doo", “Animals Around the World”, and “Smithsonian Young Explorers Fact Book & Floor Puzzle: 50 States” to name a few. She works as a freelance illustrator and enjoys creating colorful digital artworks that are accessible, a bit humorous, and most importantly, educational. She currently lives in Athens, Georgia with her archaeologist husband, two cats that boss her about, and a pair of grumpy turtles.

@2017 Carol F. Creech

Carol Creech

CCreech Studio

Demonstration at technique showcase

Carol Creech is owner of CCreech Studio, located in Ann Arbor, MI. She has a B.A. in geography and an M.I.L.S. in information and library studies. A medical librarian by trade, Carol has always had a strong interest in the natural world. As a lifelong artist and maker she enjoys working with a variety of materials, and her creations include traditional botanical and nature artwork, natural stone jewelry and handmade journals. She is especially interested in experimenting with different hand-stitch bindings for journals that lay flat and maximize paper usage. Carol’s formal coursework includes the core courses at the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration in Maryland. She has exhibited locally at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and regionally with other GNSI Great Lakes artists.


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©2015, Beyond the Fence Photography

Sarah Anne Dahlinger

Sarah Dahlinger Art

4 hour half-day workshop

Sarah Anne Dahlinger is a Massachusetts based artist who has a passion for anatomy and watercolor. She loves being in nature and studying at zoos.

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Fabian de Kok-Mercado

HHMI

Lecture Presentation

Fabian de Kok-Mercado is an internationally recognized medical and scientific illustrator and Emmy nominated art director. As part of Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Science Education Department, Fabian is responsible for managing the production of visual communication and interactive media products. He works closely with science education specialists to develop rich media for the classroom. Fabian received his Master's degree in medical and biological illustration at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he researched and visualized the craniocervical anatomy of strigiform birds in relation to neck kinematics. He earned his certification from the Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators. His work has appeared in a myriad of publications, films, and interactive media and he has received numerous awards and accolades. 



©2010, S Droege

Sam Droege

USGS Native Bee Lab

Lecture Presentation

Sam Droege, who grew up in Hyattsville, Maryland, received an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a Master’s from the State University of New York – Syracuse. Most of his career has been spent at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He coordinated the North American Breeding Bird Survey Program, developed the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, the Bioblitz, Cricket Crawl, and FrogwatchUSA programs. Sam works on the design and evaluation of monitoring programs. He is currently developing an inventory and monitoring program for native bees, along with online identification guides, and is reviving the North American Bird Phenology Program.

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Jennifer Elizabeth Fairman

Fairman Studios

Lecture Presentation

Jennifer Elizabeth Fairman is the Founder and Principal Creative of Fairman Studios. She is also Associate Professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she previously received her MA in Medical and Biological Illustration. Jennifer received her BA (Studios Art)and BS (Biology) from the University of Maryland and an MPS in the Business of Art and Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Jenniferʼs background includes experience in illustration, animation, web, interactive and graphic design and business practices. She is an AMI Fellow and the recipient of many AMI Awards of Merit, Excellence and Outstanding Achievement, a Smithsonian Womenʼs Committee Grant, James Smithson Society Fellowship, and Vesalius Trust Research Grant and Inez Demonet Awards.

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Image credit National Cancer Institute ©2017

Veronica Falconieri

Falconieri Visuals

Lecture Presentation

Panelist for panel discussion/Short Talks

Veronica Falconieri is a Certified Medical Illustrator and principal of Falconieri Visuals, a scientific and medical illustration and animation company. She specializes in molecular and cellular visualization, and uses ZBrush, Cinema4D, and ePMV for her 3D work. She has given presentations on ZBrush techniques for illustrators since 2013, and has also taught molecular visualization using Cinema4D in showcases, workshops, and lectures.
Prior to launching Falconieri Visuals, Veronica was the biomedical illustrator for the High Resolution Electron Microscopy Laboratory of the National Cancer Institute, and is a published author in journals including Science and Cell. Her work has been recognized by the Biocommunications Association, Biophysical Society, and National Science Foundation. She received her MA in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Linda M Feltner

4 hour half-day workshop

Linda M. Feltner 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 fine art and interpretive illustration. Linda has instructed for the UW Scientific Illustration Certification Program, and currently teaches for the Art Institute of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 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.

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Joe Flood

Firs Second Books

Lecture Presentation

Joe Flood is an comic book author and artist, who took to drawing and painting at an early age. He was born and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey, and later attended the School of Visual Arts. Shortly after graduation Joe self-published his first comic, “Don’t Eat the Electric Sheep”. His graphic novel work includes, “Orcs”, written by Stan Nicholls and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean”, written by Chris Schweizer. His first non-fiction work, “Dinosaurs: Of Fossils and Feathers”, written by MK Reed, was nominated for an Eisner award. Joe’s latest work “Sharks: Nature’s Perfect Hunter” is the first non-fiction comic he has both written and drawn. Joe know lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife and kids.



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Ivan da Silva Gromicho

KAUST

Lecture Presentation

Ivan Gromicho is a scientific illustrator at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Ivan holds a Masters degree in Scientific Illustration from the Instituto Superior de Educação e Ciência, 2009-10, Lisbon.

Gail Guth

Lecture Presentation

Gail has been a GNSI member and a freelance illustrator and graphic designer since 1976, specializing in botanical and zoological illustration. She has taught workshops locally (south-central Michigan) and at the GNSI conferences, participated on several panels and presentations, coordinated exhibits, and has held several GNSI Board positions, including Membership Director, Outreach, and GNSI President. She is currently co-Editor In Chief of the GNSI Journal.

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Michael Habib

Lecture Presentation

Dr. Michael Habib is a paleontologist exploring the relationships between animal structure and motion. His work combines comparative anatomy with concepts from modern engineering. His projects have ranged from how arteries control flow surges to solving the problem of takeoff in giant flying reptiles. In addition to traditional publications in professional journals, his discoveries have been featured in Scientific American, Popular Science, National Geographic, Discover Magazine, and the Economist.

©2018 DKHaines, Samsung S7 front
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Deborah K Haines

University of Tennessee CVM

Lecture Presentation

Deborah Haines has worked in the medical illustration field for over 35 years as both a graphic artist and medical illustrator creating graphics, scientific and medical illustrations and animations for the legal field and for use in both human and veterinary medicine education. She works in traditional and computer generated medias. For the past 25 years she has been employed at University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in the creation of educational and interactive CDs, online education sites, exhibits. Her illustrations have accompanied articles from research to surgical and medical procedures in numerous veterinary medical journals and textbooks. Deb has a strong interest in new technologies and is always on the look out for new ways to incorporated visuals into the educational process.

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©2008, Motophoto

Nancy Ruth Halliday

8 hour full-day workshop

Nancy Halliday is a founding member of the GNSI and serves the Guild as Historian. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology in 1962 and a Master's Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies in 1988. Nancy has worked as an Exhibits Artist at the National Museum of Natural History and as a Scientific Illustrator at the Florida State Museum. Her artwork has been commissioned by conservation organizations and for scientific publications. Nancy wrote the chapter on Bird Illustration in the Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration and has given many workshops and lectures at GNSI conferences. She has worked in watercolor since childhood and teaches watercolor classes at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.

Gretchen Kai Halpert

Scientific Illustration Distance Program

8 hour full-day workshop

Lecture Presentation

Gretchen Kai Halpert combines art, science and education. Her background includes a degree in botany, graduate studies in biological illustration, and a certificate in Scientific and Technical Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)/CE. Gretchen also worked as a cell and molecular biologist for 25 years, preparing medical illustrations on the side. Gretchen is past-president of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, recipient of the Guild's Distinguished Service Award, and founding director of the Scientific Illustration Distance Program. www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com

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Biruta Hansen

Lecture Presentation

Biruta Hansen transitioned to large scale site specific murals after a career of meticulous scientific illustration for the Smithsonian Institution and various publishers, including National Geographic Society, National Wildlife Federation, and Scientific American. Biruta’s work is truly unique in that it captures both intimate and panoramic spaces and subjects with equal mastery. A portrait of an insect or human projects with as much authority as a portrait of a mountain or grove of trees. She is an artist who pays attention to not only the finest details but the greater whole of a project. She has a command of styles that range from highly focused renderings to expressive brushwork.

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Nancy Hart

Kendall College of Art & Design

Demonstration at technique showcase

Nancy Hart is an Assistant Professor of Illustration/Medical Illustration at Kendall College of Art & Design. Currently, she is focused on the development and continuation of Natural Science Illustration in the Program. Nancy has established connections for her students in the community at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, John Ball Zoo, Fredrik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Her art has been exhibited at both local and National levels. She is currently working on Illustrations for an upcoming book,"Rootbabies".

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Kimberly Heise

Lecture Presentation

Kim Heise is an emerging artist, activist and educator working in Florida on new approaches to public involvement in conservation, inspired by the arts. Kim holds a BFA in Fine Art with a concentration in painting and defines herself as a watercolorist and multimedia artist. She has worked with the South Florida Wildlands Association, the Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition and the Viridis Art Collective, in the support of conservation on interactive works that invite public involvement. These projects explore interactivity to create interest, and to educate the public about environmental degradation, leading to action for conservation. Her passion in the arts and conservation lies in the belief of art as a powerful motivator for change.

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© 2017 JL Hirten

Justine Lee Hirten

8 hour full-day workshop

Justine Lee Hirten is a wildlife rehabilitator and artist specializing in ornithological illustration. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and continued on to the science illustration graduate program at CSUMB in 2012. Since that time, Justine has worked with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and recently completed a mural project with the Connecticut Audubon Society. She is currently writing and illustrating a book documenting noteworthy wildlife rehabilitation stories from rescue centers around the US.

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Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

Denver Botanic Gardens

4 hour half-day workshop

Lecture Presentation

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski is a Finnish-born scientist with a Ph.D. in quaternary biology from the University of Lund, Sweden, and D.Sc. in aeropalynology from the University of Stockholm. She has worked with pollen grains since her first year of college in Finland and has been involved in all thinkable aspects of them from marine archaeology to asthma, and from lake sediments in the arctic tundra to the snowfields in South Georgia, Antarctica. The author and co-author of large number of scholarly publications, she has been a researcher and taught at universities worldwide. Since 2007 she has coordinated and managed the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Heno Hwang

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Lecture Presentation

Heno Hwang is a scientific illustrator at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Heno’s education ranges from microbiology (BA. Kyungpook National University, 2005), to molecular medicine (MSc. Kyungpook National University, 2005), and includes 3D graphic design (Animatus, 2010), medical art (MSc. Dundee, 2012), and biomedical illustration (Medicinal Bioconvergence Research Center).

©2010, James DiLoreto, Smithsonian Imaging

Helen James

Lecture Presentation

As an ornithologist and paleontologist, Helen James is the Curator-in-Charge of the bird collection at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. She obtained her D.Phil. degree in Zoology from Oxford University, and has published extensively on the fossil record of birds on islands, especially the Hawaiian Islands, and on the morphology and evolutionary relationships among birds. Her primary interest is in understanding the history of vertebrate evolution and extinction in the context of Pacific island ecosystems. More recently, her research has addressed the ecological roles of seabirds, both at their breeding colonies on islands and at sea, where they are important oceanic predators.

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© 2016 Nathan Johnson

Karen A Johnson

8 hour full-day workshop

Demonstration at technique showcase

Karen A. Johnson has been a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators since 1989 and is currently its treasurer. She has bachelors’ degrees from Iowa State University in biological illustration and entomology. Karen has done the majority of her color work in watercolor, gouache and acrylic, and her black and white work on scratchboard. She also sculpts and makes jewelry out of polymer clay. All her work is inspired by the plants and animals around her and by her desire to help others see the beauty in them.

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Kirk R Johnson

Director, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Plenary

Dr. Kirk Johnson is the Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He oversees 440 employees and the largest natural history collection in the world. Johnson is a paleontologist who has led expeditions in 11 countries and 19 states that resulted in the discovery of more than 1,400 fossil sites. His research focuses on fossil plants and the extinction of the dinosaurs. Johnson received a doctorate in geology and paleobotany from Yale University. He received a 2016 Kavli Science Journalism Award for his role as host of the three-part NOVA series Making North America, which aired on PBS networks in 2015. Johnson most recently hosted The Great Yellowstone Thaw, which premiered on PBS in June 2017. 


©2015 Dan Rich

Ikumi Kayama

Studio Kayama LLC

Panelist for panel discussion/Short Talks

Ikumi Kayama 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. Some of her clients include: Cal Tech, MIT, Johns Hopkins, Maryland Ornithological Society, and The Nature Conservancy. 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!

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©2017, @Ian Parsons

Taina R Litwak

US Department of Agriculture

Panelist for panel discussion/Short Talks

Taina Litwak has been a working illustrator since 1979 and a board certified medical illustrator since 1994. She has a a BS in Biology and a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Connecticut. She spent 10 years as staff illustrator with the Walter Reed Biosystemactics Unit at the Smithsonian Institution 1983 – 1993, then returned to freelance work. She works now as the staff scientific illustrator with the Systematic Entomology Lab, US Department of Agriculture at the Smithsonian Institution. Taina works in digital and mixed media. Her illustration projects include work for magazines and scientific journals, trade and text-books, advertising, nature centers and medical legal exhibits. Her client list includes the AAAS, Smithsonian Institution, Carnegie Institute, CDC, NIH, Science News, and dozens more.

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©2018, Gabriela Orofino

Leandro Lopes de Souza

Freelancer

Lecture Presentation

Leandro Lopes is a Florianópolis-based freelance scientific illustrator with over 15 years teaching experience. He also has 5 years of experience organizing Scientific Illustration events, including the 5th National Scienctific Illustration Meeting in 2016, in Brazil. Leandro has organized didactic exhibitions and has published books on the topic. He currently works as a Natural Science Illustration teacher in an independent art studio, which he co-founded.

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Cheryl McCutchan

Demonstration at technique showcase

Cheryl's passion and joy is communicating the beauty and complexity of science through clear, accurate illustrations and animations. Her primary goal is to use illustrations and animations for scientific education, whether that be in college classrooms, scientific symposiums, textbooks, museums, or publications for nonscientists. Cheryl's work has been used in college courses, textbooks, popular field guides, and scientific papers. Cheryl uses mostly digital techniques for her illustrations and animations. She comes from a science background and really has too many degrees to list here. She very much enjoys sipping chai, climbing all sorts of things, and talking to the flowers she finds in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

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©2012, Connor Russell

Tiffany Miller Russell

Demonstration at technique showcase

Tiffany Miller Russell is best known for her highly detailed, realistic, and sometimes whimsical cut paper sculptures. Her work has been exhibited in natural history and art museums, in shows such as Art and the Animal, the Coors Western Art Exhibition, Art of the Animal Kingdom, and Batrachology: Amphibians in Art. Tiffany received the President’s Award for Sculpture and the Newcomer Award from the Society of Animal Artists, Honorable Mention and Finalist in the Artist’s Magazine, and the award for Best Three-Dimensional work in the International Paleo Art Exhibition. Recently, she traveled abroad to Trinidad to sketch rainforest wildlife under the Don Eckelberry Scholarship award from the Society of Animal Artists.

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©2017, Moss

Kimberly Moss

Iowa State University

Lecture Presentation

Kimberly Moss, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Visual Culture and Coordinator of the Biological/Pre-medical Illustration Program at Iowa State University, has an extensive background in science and art within the higher education publishing industry. Kim holds an MFA in Medical and Biological Illustration from The University of Michigan and a BFA in Studio Art with a Concentration in Scientific Illustration & Biology from St. Olaf College. Her research interests and creative activities include interactive visualization tools, biomedical public art, scientific illustration, instructional design, and blending the virtues of fine art and technical presentations. The underlying drive in her work is to motivate positive change, stewardship of the natural world, and to make science meaningful and accessible to a broad audience.

Rhonda J. Nass

2-day workshop

After receiving a University of Wisconsin-Madison art degree, Rhonda and her husband, Rick, began Ampersand, an illustration/design studio catering to educational, financial, editorial and medical clients. Three years later they edited clients to focus on illustration, and Rhonda began specializing in nature-related subject matter. Nass's drawings and paintings are internationally published (including Biology of Plants by Evert, Eichhorn, Raven/W.H. Freeman Publishers; Today’s Botanical Artists/ Schiffer Publishing; Vanishing Circles/Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Press; Following in the Bartram’s Footsteps/American Society of Botanical Artists; and her self-published books, Gifts from the Earth and Scratchings of a Madwoman). Work appears in museum, corporate and private collections. She also co-curates River Arts on Water Gallery, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.

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Liz Neeley

The Story Collider

Plenary

Liz Neeley is the Executive Director of The Story Collider. Before she began focusing on the science of stories, Liz spent a decade working in ocean conservation and science communication. From 2008 to 2015, she was the Assistant Director of Science Outreach for COMPASS, and affiliate staff at The University of Washington. From 2005-2008, she worked on locally-managed marine conservation in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, and on international trade policies for deep-sea corals. She earned her master's at Boston University on the evolution of visual communication systems in tropical reef fishes. She currently sits on the Advisory Council of Ensia magazine, and is a Lecturer at Yale University through a collaboration with the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative. Find her on twitter at @LizNeeley.

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©2017, Jessica Danielle

Christie Newman

Annual Reviews Inc

8 hour full-day workshop

Christie Newman is an Illustration Editor for the academic journal, Annual Reviews. Prior to working at Annual Reviews, she completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia and a Masters Certificate of Scientific Illustration from California State University Monterey Bay. She also holds a Certificate of Visual Design from General Assembly. Christie is fascinated by visual storytelling and has recently made the transition from artist to educator. She's particularly interested in the integration of type and illustration to create enhanced visual learning experiences.

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©2013, Mike Nicholson

Trudy Nicholson

Trudy Nicholson Illustrations

Demonstration at technique showcase

Trudy Nicholson is a free lance illustrator with a background of many years in medical and scientific illustration. Having made the transition from medical art to what became her main interest, portraying animals in their natural world, where accuracy and detail are essential, she turned exclusively to the medium of scratchboard, finding it the best way to achieve that accuracy and also to bring contrast and drama into her work. Her work is featured in Ruth Lozner's "Scratchboard for Illustration". Among the numerous books that she has illustrated are Warner Shedd's "Owls Aren't Wise and Bats Aren't Blind" and Carl Safina's "The View From Lazy Point". She also does illustrations for the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Her enthusiasm for scratchboard is unbounded.

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Lisa Palmer

The National Museum of Natural History Division of Fishes

Lecture Presentation

Lisa Palmer is a collections specialist at the National Museum of Natural History, working with the largest fish collection in the world. In addition to managing specimen collections, Lisa also oversees the care and data management of scientific illustration collections. Lisa has a BA in Zoology from the University of Maine and an MA in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. She has visited natural history collections in Central and South America to assess their collections; is a member of American Alliance for Museums and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections; and currently is on the faculty of the GWU Museum Studies Program. Like many of us in the natural history community, Lisa knows she has the best job in the world.


Dorie Petrochko

CT Natural Science Illustrators

Demonstration at technique showcase

Bio coming soon!!!

Tim Phelps

Johns Hopkins

Lecture Presentation

Tim Phelps, Professor and Medical Illustrator, has been teaching and illustrating for 31 years in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. He has received over 40 regional and national awards for his artwork published in textbooks, magazines, and professional journals. Projects have included multiple surgical texts and atlases on Otolaryngology, Orthopedics, Surgical Pathology, and Cardiac Surgery. For the past 5 years, Tim has been exploring the significance of mandalas and mindfulness culminating in his current two-volume “Wonders” series of 11 x 11 inch full color books of nature mandalas, published by Schiffer Publishing (2016), that celebrates the earth’s biodiversity and conservancy efforts to save it. A set of nature mandala coloring books (April 2017) followed.

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Xavier Pita

KAUST

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Xavier Pita is a Scientific Illustrator at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. Xavier earned a Master’s degree in Scientific illustration (Universidade de Évora, Portugal, 2013) and a degree in Civil Engineering (Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal, 2006). He has worked on several published and personal projects ranging from biological illustration to illustration of industrial heritage. His work has been published in scientific journals, including Cell Trends in Biotechnology, ChemComm and JACS, and featured in international exhibits, including Focus on Nature XIII, Il-lustra Ciencia 2014. Xavier Pita has a deep interest in multiple fields of science and an ever-growing passion for visual communication.

Scott Rawlins

Arcadia University

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Scott Rawlins graduated from Earlham College with a degree in biology, and holds graduate degrees in museum education and medical & 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 and the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators. His illustrations have appeared in the Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Invertebrate Biology, Acta Zoologica and Zootaxa as well as many other publications. Scott currently works as a research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

Deborah B Shaw

dbShaw Studios

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Deborah Shaw has a degree in art from Pomona College. Ms. Shaw is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, ASBA, Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, and Northern California Society of Botanical Artists. She has taught botanical art at The J. Paul Getty Museum and Virginia Robinson Gardens, among other venues. She taught illustration, digital, and information design at UC, Irvine, Extension where she was the recipient of the “Distinguished Instructor” award. Deborah’s work has been in juried and non-juried exhibitions, is in the permanent collection at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, is part of the Botanical Collections at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and in private collections. She has received numerous awards for art, illustration, and design.

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Nancy Shute

Science News

Plenary

Nancy Shute is editor in chief of Science News, an independent nonprofit organization that has been covering science since 1922. Prior to joining SN she was a digital editor and radio reporter at NPR, and assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report. She is a past president of the National Association of Science Journalists. While serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Kamchatka, Russia, she founded the region's first independent bilingual newspaper. She has contributed to publications including National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Scientific American and Smithsonian.

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Sara Taliaferro

Panelist for panel discussion/Short Talks

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Terryl Anne Whitlatch

Imagination International Inc.

Lecture Presentation

Terryl Whitlatch is one of the most recognized and internationally regarded animal and creature designers working in the Animation Industry today. Her clients include Walt Disney Feature Animation, Lucasfilm LTD., Industrial Light and Magic, Entertainment Arts, Dreamworks, and Imagination International, Inc., to name a few. As Principal Creature Designer for Star Wars--the Phantom Menace, she continues to design for the Star Wars franchise to this very day. She is also an active wildlife and paleontological reconstruction artist, as well as the author/illustrator of several titles on Creature and Animal Design.

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