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Sarah Adler (‘08) B.A., Fine Art, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2007.  Internships at: University of California, Davis, Tahoe Environmental Research Center and The California Academy of Sciences. Sarah is currently illustrating plants for the California Academy of Sciences Botanical Research Department as well as freelancing in San Francisco, C.A.

Suzannah Alexander (’07) B.S. biology, Oklahoma Christian University, 1996; certificate in editing, University of California, Berkeley, 2002. First project: Berg’s Introductory Botany, 2e, Thomson Higher Education. Second project: Solomon’s Introduction to Human anatomy and Physiology, 3e. Elsevier, Inc. Suzannah is currently freelancing in California. Email Suzannah.

Krista  Anandakuttan ('09) B.S., ecology and evolutionary biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2008. First internship: Herbarium Pacificum, Bishop Museum, HI (botanical illustrations). Second internship: CA Bureau of Land Management (paleobotany). First freelance project: an 8ft marine mural, private commission. Currently freelancing in CA. Clients include UCSC Natural Reserve, Seton Scientific.

F.J. Anderson ('09)
B.A. studio art University of California, Santa Cruz. 2007. Internship:  New Zealand Marine Studies Center and Aquarium, Dunedin, New Zealand. F.J. is currently working as a freelance illustrator in Santa Cruz.

Lisa Apfelbacher (’07)
M.S. sustainable forestry and land use management, University of Freiburg, Germany, 2005. Internship: Scientific American magazine.

Cecelia Azhderian ('09) B.S., Aquatic Biology, B.A., Art Studio, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2002. Internship: University of California at Berkeley Gump Research Station, Moorea, French Polynesia. 

Evan Barbour (’03) B.A. psychology, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, 1999. Internship: bird illustration and graphic designer at Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Evan is an emerging ornithological artist whose myriad publications since he earned his certificate include three books: Birds of Sapsucker Woods, Songbird Journeys and South Pacific Birds. Currently illustrating a guide to birds of New Caledonia, Evan freelances from San Francisco. A sampling of his clients include: Birds of North America, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, Home Study Course in Bird Biology, North American Birds, Project FeederWatch, Urban Bird Studies, Wild Birds Unlimited, and Yosemite National Institutes.

Pamela Beaverson ('91) B.A., fine arts/zoology, Ohio State University. Internship and first job: Marine World/Africa USA, Vallejo, CA (artwork for identification labels, interactive exhibits, and interpretive panels for the shark exhibit). Second job: illustrator and designer, Wilderness Graphics, Tallahassee, FL, a natural history exhibits company. Selected list of clients and projects: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM; Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, TX; Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL; Valtones National Wildlife Refuge, TX; Neosho National Fish Hatchery, MO; Laguna Heascosa National Wildlife Refuge, TX; Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI; Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK; Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, MI; Illinois River National Wildlife Refuge, IL; Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, OH; Bayousauvage National Wildlife Refuge, LA; Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge, VA; Museum of Northern Arizona; Lorraine County Metro Parks, OH; Creamers Dairy Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, Department of Fish and Game, AK. Current job: illustrator and designer, Interpretive Exhibits, OR. Publications: Science World magazine; Scholastic Publications, NY; Everglades Coalition Conference, FL; Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Austin, TX.

Melisa Beveridge (’07) B.A., biology (option in natural history); B.A., art: wilderness studies minor, University of Montana, 2006. First internship: American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY. Second internship: Natural History magazine, New York, NY. Melisa is currently freelancing.

Erika Beyer (’06) B.A., geology, Carleton College, 1999.  M.A. architecture, University of Oregon, in progress. Erika is currently freelancing in Oregon where she produces note cards, prints, and illustrations for various clients.  Her clients include:  Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, UCSC Center for Integrated Marine Technology, Mountain Rose Herbs, Eugene Transportation Alternatives, and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Dov Bock (’04) B.A. biology/botany, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1998. Internship: New York Botanical Garden. Currently freelancing. Clients include Yosemite National Park, The Yosemite Fund, New York Botanical Garden, Swanton Berry Farm, and Bock Vines and Wines. Favorite project is an illustrated cookbook for the University of California Santa Cruz Farm and Garden.

Liz Bradford (’09) B.A., art & design; B.S., textile technology, North Carolina State University, 2008. Internship: Dinosaur National Monument: Dinosaur, Colorado. Liz is currently freelancing in North Carolina, as well as devoting time to the fine arts. 

Ted Bramble ('94) B.A., art, UC Santa Cruz. First internship: computer graphics/illustration for the Santa Cruz County Sentinel, Santa Cruz, CA, and the Salinas Californian, Salinas, CA. Ted is the creative lead and co-founder of Ironhorse Interactive, a forensic animation studio. He also freelances in Hollywood as a matte painter and 3-d character animator. Clients include: New Line Cinema, Walt Disney Research and Development, Walt Disney Imagineering, Warner Brothers, FOX Searchlight Pictures, Mattel, Cisco Systems, LEGO, among others.

Juan Calle (’07) B.S., biology, University of Los Andes, Bogata, Colombia, 2000. Internship: Disney Corporation Interactives.

Kirsten Carlson ('95) B.S., biology, University of Missouri, Columbia. Internship: MARE (Marine Activities Resources and Education) at Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. Illustrated Rocky Shores Education Book. First job: production technician, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Graphics Department. Current job: design print pieces and also the Web site at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Peggy Edwards-Carkeet ('97) B.S., environmental studies, UC Berkeley, 1973; Teaching Credential, U. San Francisco, 1986. Internship: Illustrated Discover California Wildflowers, by Maryruth Casebeer. First job: illustrated Wildflower Walks and Roads of the Sierra Gold Country by Toni Fauver. Current job: Owner/illustrator of Sierra Nature Prints. Clients include: The Nature Conservancy, The California Native Plant Society, The Yosemite Association, California Department of Fish and Game, Calaveras Big Trees Association, and more. In addition, she illustrated Shrubs of California, by Maryruth Casebeer, Hooker Press.

Charlotte C. Coqui ('88) B.A., biology, UC Santa Cruz. Internship: National Marine Educators Association Conference Poster. First job: coordinator/scientific illustrator for The Drawing Room, Palo Alto, CA. Second job: communication specialist/illustrator for Centric Engineering Systems, Palo Alto, CA. Third and current job: medical illustrator/designer, Alexander Teshin Associates, Mountain View, CA. Clients include Apple Computer, Cupertino, CA; Hewlett-Packard, San Francisco Bay Area; and IBM, San Francisco Bay Area. Professional affiliations: president and treasurer of the Northern California Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (NCGNSI). Current projects include coordination of an exhibit on rainforest species to be shown at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.

Janet Chao (’06) B.S., bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005. M.S., biomedical visualization, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010. First internship: Scientific American, New York, NY. Second internship: California Academy of Sciences, Mill Valley, CA. Janet is the author of “Revealed,” a blog about scientific and medical illustration. First job: Medical model designer at Denoyer-Geppert Science Company, Skokie, IL. Janet currently works full time as an apprentice ocularist at Phillip A. Danz & Associates in Sacramento, CA.

Danza Chisholm-Sims (’10) B.A. Studio Art, B.S. Botany, Humboldt State University, CA, 2009. Internship: Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR. Second internship: American Museum of Natural History, NY. Currently, Danza is freelancing and teaching traditional and digital media classes in Northern California.

Jen Christiansen ('96) B.A., double major in Geology & Studio Art, Smith College, MA, 1995. Internship: Scientific American magazine. After four years as a freelance designer, art director, and illustrator (focusing primarily on magazine and textbook work for clients such as Scientific American, Electronic Publishing Services, WordFirm, Cary Wolinsky Photography, National Geographic, and The Rockefeller University), Jen has returned to Scientific American as a full time art director.  Prior to establishing her own business, she was an assistant art director at National Geographic magazine for nearly two years, and then a designer at the magazine for three. Several years as an art director at Scientific American preceded this, building upon the skills she developed at UCSC, and her studies in studio art and geology at Smith College.

Emily Coren ('08) B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz. Internship: Walden Media, Los Angeles. Emily is currently a freelance illustrator working from Santa Cruz, CA.

Cheryl Crowley (’09) B.A., Biology with emphasis in Zoology, Sonoma State University, California, 2007. Internship: San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. 

Emily Cooper ('05) B.A., Geology, Williams College, Massachusetts, 1994. First internship: Scientific American magazine, New York, NY.  Second internship: Sally Ride Science, La Jolla, CA.   Emily is currently freelancing in California.

Karen Czuleger (’06) B.A., biology and environmental studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1999. Internship: Sally Ride Science, San Diego, CA. Clients include Catalina Island Marine Institute and Catalina Island Conservancy. Currently freelancing and teaching in Santa Barbara, CA.

Claire Emery ('00) B.A., environmental studies, University of Montana, 1996. Internship: KLB Exhibits, Missoula MT. First job: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc. Currently: Freelancing from her own arts studio in Missoula, MT where she divides her time between science illustration, nature education and creating wood-engravings of Montana’s natural and cultural heritage. Her clients include: W.W. Norton, Montana Audubon, US forest Service, Montana Fish, wildlife and Parks, California State Parks, Mountain Press, and Orion magazine. She leads workshops for students ages 2 –82 on field journaling, nature drawing and scientific illustration in Montana, Alaska, and California.

Pedro Fernandes (’07) Licenciatura, geology, Faculdade do Ciencia da Universidae de Lisboa, Portugal, 2003. Internship: Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY.

Christine Field (’03) B.A. music and science, UC Berkeley, 1986. Internship: Sabertooth Productions, Sunnyvale, CA. Current job: Full time medical illustrator, Department of Spinal Neurosurgery, Stanford University, CA.

David Fierstein ('96) B.S., chemistry, UC Santa Cruz, 1983. He is currently among the elite "family" of in-demand freelance illustrators at both National Geographic and Scientific American magazines, for whom he executes illustrations for physics articles, among other subjects. David's clients also include Cambridge University Press, MBARI, Metacreations Corporation and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Kelly Finan (’09) B.S., environmental science and studio art, Juniata College, 2008. First internship: Sierra Nevada Research Institute, Yosemite National Park. Second internship: National Aquarium in Baltimore.  Kelly is currently working with the National Aquarium and ANAI (a non-profit conservation organization) to illustrate a taxonomic key to the freshwater fishes of the Talamanca region, Costa Rica. 

Nicolle Rager Fuller (’03) B.A., biochemistry, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR. Internship and first employment: Illustration and design of physics concepts at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Nicolle then worked several years at the National Science Foundation as an illustrator and designer. Currently, Nicolle is working on a graphic novel, freelancing and developing her company, Sayo-Art, which specializes in illustrating complex scientific topics such as cell biology, physics, geology and more. A sampling of Sayo-Art clients include: CR magazine, National Academy of Sciences, National Nanotechnology Institute, President’s Council of Advisors of Science and Technology, UC Berkeley, USC and Duke University.

Craig Furlong ('99) B.A., science illustration, Beaver College, 1998. Internship: Visual Services, Stanford University. Current Job: Illustrator/designer at BrandFusion in Sunnyvale, CA, an interactive multi-media design studio that develops commercial and educational Web sites. Clients include E-trade, National Semi Conductor, and California Academy of Sciences. Craig plans to soak up as much information as possible in his current job and then work toward his goal of creating printable educational Web sites and electronic textbooks, both Web versions and CDs.

Marni Fylling (’92) B.S. zoology, University of California, Davis, 1989. Internship: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. Currently: freelancer and mother. Recent projects include: Author and illustrator of the laboratory manual to accompany Asking About Life, Thomson Learning, publisher; illustrator for Zooplankton of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts: A guide to Their Identification and Ecology, Liberty Science Center, publisher. Clients include: California Academy of Sciences, California Native Plant Society, University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum, Exploratorium, Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society, among others. Samples of her work can be seen at

Meg Gibson ('09) B.A., environmental studies, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY, 2006.  Internship:  Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston VT.  Meg is currently freelancing in Vermont. 

Megan Gnekow ('09) B.S., art, Portland State University, 2002. Internships: Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and Filoli National Trust. Megan is currently freelancing in California.

Heather Gordon ('08) B.A. Literature/Creative Writing, University of California, San Diego, 2005. Internship at Natural History Magazine in New York, NY. Now freelancing in California.

Shawn Gould ('99) B.A., biological/pre-medical illustration, Iowa State University, 1998. Internships: National Geographic magazine followed by SuperTutor, Sunnyvale, CA, an interactive tutoring software for high school level science courses. First job: On staff at Chase Studio, Cedar Creek, MO, one of the top exhibit design firms and museum preparators in the country. Currently divides his time between a thriving freelance science illustration studio and a second career in fine art nature painting. His fine art work is being represented by Humboldt Artworks, Arcata, CA; the Freed Gallery, Lincoln City, OR; and Legends Fine Art Gallery, Great Bend, KS. A sampling of clients include: National Geographic, Scientific American, Ranger Rick, and Audubon magazines, Progressive Publishing, University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Kansas City Zoo. and

Tim Gunther (’04) B.A., marine biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2000. Internship: Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Tim is currently freelancing in California.

Anne Gutmann (’06) M.S., theoretical & applied mechanics, concentration biomechanics, Cornell University, 2007; B.S., materials science & B.A., physics, Alfred University, 2002. Anne interned at the Wild Center: Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks and is currently freelancing in Northern Arizona.

Lynnelle Harpst ('91) B.A., anthropology, Yale University, M.A., physical anthropology, Kent State University, M.D., Case Western Reserve University. Freelancing: forensic reconstruction illustrations for the Coroners Office, Portage County, and Cleveland, OH.

Karina Helm (’02) B.A., biology and studio art, Pacific Lutheran University, WA, 2001. Internship: California Academy of Sciences, Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology. Second internship: Shannon Point Marine Center, WA. First job: Freelance Illustrator. Sampling of clients includes: Prentice Hall Publishers, University of Nebraska, Western Washington University, and International Nannoplankton Association. Currently: Graphic Designer and Illustrator for the Arbor Day Foundation, creating 250 original tree specie illustrations for ADF’s “What Tree Is That?” key; Illustration Instructor at the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, NE.

Lauren Hennessy ('09) B.A. Fine Art, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2007.  Internship: UC Davis, Tahoe Environmental Research Center.  Lauren is currently working as a freelance artist in California. 

Joseph Hill (’07) B.S. integrated science and technology, James Madison University, VA, 2001. Internship: Krames, San Bruno, CA.

Katherine Hocker (’97) B.A., biology, Harvard University, Massachusetts.  First internship: Yosemite association. Second internship: Sea Reach, Ltd. (interpretive design and fabrication company). Currently a freelance science writer, illustrator, and educator, teaching classes on science illustration, field sketching, and keeping a nature journal to adults and youth.

Jessica Shult Huppi (’09): B.A. marine biology, B.A. studio art, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1998.  First internship: The Smithsonian and USDA, Washington, DC.  Second internship: Scientific American magazine, New York, NY. Jessica is currently working as a freelance illustrator in San Francisco. 

Sandy Hogan McDermott ('92) B.A., art, Salem State College, Salem, MA, 1991. Internship: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. First job: freelance illustration for the Friends of the Sea Otter organization. Current job: full-time freelance illustrator and instructor of field sketching. Clients include Bryce Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Sierra National Forest, Shank Painter Publishing, University Press of New England, and many more.

Alice Hsieh (’05) B.A. integrative biology with art practice minor, University of California, Berkeley, 2002. Internship: Exhibits Intern at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA. Alice is currently on staff at the Aquarium of the Pacific as the Exhibits Graphic Designer/Illustrator.

Anya Illes ('99) B.A., biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1995. Internships: Great Wave Software: Biomes of North America and the Prairie Explorer Project. Second internship: California Academy of Sciences, Botany Department, pen and ink plates for research projects. First jobs: California Wild magazine; Great Wave Software; and Design Science (an interpretive design business). Current job: Full-time employee Great Wave software.

Rachel Taylor Ivanyi ('96) B.S., zoology, University of California, Davis, 1995. Internship: California Academy of Sciences, herpetology department. Second internship: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. First job: freelance illustration for National Geographic magazine. Current job: freelance illustrator for science magazines, natural history institutions, and children's textbooks. Clients include National Geographic magazine, Scientific American, The Nature Conservancy, McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Harcourt Brace, and the California Academy of Sciences.

Karen Jacobsen ('87) B.A., fine arts, University of California, Santa Cruz. Fieldwork: Hastings Reserve, Carmel, CA; Scripps Institution, La Jolla, CA. Internship: California Coastal Commission. First freelancing jobs: illustrations for Crown Publishers, New York; BioScience magazine, New York; National Geographic Society, Washington, DC; Geographic Publishing, Helena, MT. Current freelancing: combining fieldwork and expedition illustration. Clients include Brown University's Center for Old World Archaeology, Petra, Jordan (illustrator at the Petra Southern Temple Excavation); Ancient Forests International, Chile (illustrator and research assistant in old-growth Alerce forest studies); Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA (at the Mid-Pacific Rise with Alvin submersible on board Atlantis II for hydrothermal vent studies); Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA (in Mexico and Central America aboard the Robert G. Sproul for Caribbean monk seal and migratory marine species survey); Canadian Gulf Islands, BC (illustration and photographic studies on kayaking and wildlife for Sea Kayaker magazine).

Publications: illustrations for World in Transition: The Biota of the Triassic Period, William Morrow and Co.; The Depths of Ignorance: Life at the Bottom of the Oceans, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.; James Michener's Creatures of the Kingdom, Random House; Trout Magic, Trout Madness, Simon & Schuster; Lyons Burford Publishing, New York.

Exhibits: Stephen Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA; Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA; Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA; Marine World/Africa USA, Vallejo, CA.

Sophie James ('97) B.A., biology, San Diego State University, 1992. Internship: Stephen Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA. First job: Integrated Systems Control, Inc. Founder of Vividline, Incorporated (President and Chief Executive Officer). Vividline Incorporated is a full-service graphic design and web site development firm. The firm specializes in logo design, corporate identity, annual reports, brochures, illustration, animation, and web site development. Her role on the team is creative director and manager for current creative projects. Clients: SPAWAR, Webshots/Excite (, Asian Business Association, UC San Francisco, San Diego Natural History Museum, Logicon, RF Microsystems.

Kathyrn Jaramillo (’05) B.S., biological sciences, University of California, Riverside, 2003. Internship: Graphics Department, Los Angeles Zoo. Kathy specializes in real media zoological illustrations.

Rick Jones ('96) B.S., political science, B.S., fine arts, Washington State University. Internship: National Geographic magazine. First job: Freelance illustrator. Clients include National Geographic magazine, Scientific American magazine, Science magazine, California Academy of Sciences, California Museum of Science and Industry, Houghton Mifflin. Heyday Books. Currently: Freelance artist, with an emphasis in fine art. He uses the old art form of papercutting to create graphic, modern works out of paper.

Jennifer Kane (‘02) B.S., biology and visual art, Brown University, RI, 1999. First internship: American Museum of Natural History, Paleontology Department. Second internship: California Academy of Sciences, SF Bay:2K Project. Currently: Freelancing and working as an artist’s assistant for Isabella Kirkland. Recently studied watercolor technique with the wildlife artist Andre Demonte in Petropolis, Brazil. Clients include: American Museum of Natural History, Annual Reviews, California Academy of Sciences, Conservation International, Current TV, Essig Museum of Entomology, Moxie Method, New Progressive Coalition, Pearson Education, Scientific American magazine, University of California Press, and University of California San Francisco.

Valerie Kells ('86) B.A., environmental studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Internships: California Coastal Commission; Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Co., Menlo Park, CA; illustrator of Trailside Plants of Año Nuevo, Año Nuevo Interpretive Association, CA. First jobs: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA; Outdoor Life magazine, New York; University of California Press, Los Angeles; Joseph Wetzel and Associates, Boston, MA.

Currently: freelance scientific illustrator with over 20 years of professional experience. She works closely with educational, design and curative staff to produce scientific and interpretive illustrations. She has created hundreds of illustrations for a wide variety of clientele, including publishers, master planners, designers, museums, nature centers and public aquariums. By archiving over 400 original ID illustrations, Val is able to cut the time and cost of new projects. Val’s work is specialized, flexible and serves a valuable niche in the interpretive exhibit industry.

Clients/Projects have included: Aquarium of the Pacific; American Fish and Wildlife Museum- wonders of Wildlife; Blowing Rocks Preserve and educational Center; Islandwood; Flint River Center; Florida Aquarium; Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve; Johns Hopkins University Press; The Maritime Center at Norwalk; Maymont Nature Center; Monterey Bay Aquarium; National Aviary; The Nature Conservancy; North Carolina Aquariums: Roanoke Island, Fort Fisher and Pine Knoll Shores; Oceanario Lisboa – World Expo ’98; Oceanopolis; South Carolina Aquarium; Tamustalik Indian Cultural Institute: Texas State Aquarium; Turtle Bay Museum and Nature Center; University of California Press: Virginia Marine Science Museum; Walnut Creek National Wildlife Refuge and Learning Center; West Lake Park Nature Center.

Alison Kendall (’04), B.S, marine biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000. Internship: Scientific American magazine. First job: Freelance art director, Scientific American magazine. Currently: Freelance illustrator, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, CA. Other clients include Coastal Environmental Quality Initiative, Scientific American magazine, Roshambo Winery, Flying Goat Coffee, among others.

Utako Kikutani ('97) M.S., animal physiology, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan, 1995. B.S. zoology, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan, 1993. Internship: Vertebrate Paleontology Department, American Museum of Natural History, New York. First job: Illustrator/Designer of Archipelago Productions (a division of HARCOURT BRACE & Co.), Monterey, CA. Current job: Freelance scientific illustrator, Clients include: American Museum of Natural History, New York; Archipelago Productions, Monterey, CA; W.H. Freeman and Company, New York; State University of New York, Stony Brook; Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Manomet, MA; Biohistory Research Hall, Takatsuki, Japan.

Kathryn Killackey (’10) B.A., anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2001. M.A., archaeology, University College London, U.K., 2002. Internship: The Presidio Trust Archaeology Laboratory. First job: Freelance Illustrator. Sampling of clients includes: The Çatalhöyük Research Project, The Presidio Trust, Pacific Legacy, Inc., The University of Victoria Anthropology Department and Joseph Gary Cellars.

Sandy Koch Janniche ('93) B.S., biology, University of Maryland. Field research: Chesapeake Bay blue crab, Biology Honors Research Program. Internship and first job: graphic designer and illustrator for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office, Annapolis, MD. Current job: illustrator and print media assistant for Adverceutics, a pharmaceutical company in Laurel, MD. Freelancing: clients include Columbus Center, Baltimore, MD; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, MD.

Hila Kuepper ('95) Diploma of Biology, zoology, University of Cologne/Germany, 1994. Internships: Wadden Sea National Park/Germany. Book about the area; first job: textbook illustrations; current jobs: posters for GEO magazine/ Germany, coloring books. Clients: Gruner & Jahr (publisher of GEO), Loewe Verlag (publisher).

Patricia Latas ('99) B.S., biology/botany, Fort Hays State University, 1976; M.S. biology, Fort Hays State University, 1978; DVM veterinary medicine, Fort Hays State University, 1987. Internship: Greatwave Software, Scotts Valley, CA, creating interactive educational ecology games and animations. Second internship: SuperTutor, Sunnyvale, CA, tutorial modules for high school students. Third internship: Museum of South Australia, where she illustrated the Skinks of South Australia for a field guide, Reptiles and Amphibians of South Australia as well as a book about the Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson, In the Footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson, both published by Adelaide University Press. Current jobs: On permanent staff at both Greatwave and SuperTutor.

John (Jack) Laws (’02) B.S. conservation and resource studies with an emphasis in natural history and environmental education, University of California, Berkeley, graduated with high honors, 1989; M.S. wildlife biology, University of Montana, Missoula, 1995. Internship: Developed, authored and illustrated The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada, a fully illustrated field guide to over 1700 species of plants, animals, and fungi found in the Sierra Nevada, and Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide, California Academy of Sciences and Heyday Books, publishers. Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. A sampling of clients includes: Bay Nature magazine, California Academy of Sciences, University of California San Francisco, National Park Service, and United States Department of Agriculture.

Valerie L. Layne (’07) B.S., botany, English minor, 1988; M.A., biology, San Jose State University, CA, 1992. Internship: Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Brian Maebius (’01) B.A., studio art and geology, Denison University, Ohio, 1993. Internship: Draper Museum of Natural History, Cody, WY, where his illustrations are now part of the permanent display. Currently freelancing. A partial list of his clients includes the Nature Conservancy, University of California Press, KC Publications, Wyoming Game and Fish department, Draper Museum of Natural History, Bureau of Land Management, Eastern Washington University, Inland Northwest Land Trust, San Antonio Botanic Gardens, Badlands National Park, Utah Geologic Survey, Utah Museum of Natural History, California Wild magazine, and, among others.

Diana Marques (’04) Licenciatura, biology, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences, 2002. Internship: Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Australia in Entomology and Crustacean Sections. In addition to her extensive illustration work at the museum she also presented a poster at the 2004 International Congress of Entomology in Brisbane on the topic of entomological illustration. Second internship: American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY. First job: Freelance work at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Currently: Freelancing in U.S. and Portugal for projects with public outreach and for scientific publications. A sampling of clients includes; Bay Nature magazine, national Museum of Natural History, Museu de Portimão and a number of textbook publishers.

Kathleen McKeehen ('99) B.A. English, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Internship:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K. Kathleen has been freelancing in natural science and children's illustration since 2000. Clients have included Organic Gardening magazine, the Herb Companion magazine, Defenders of Wildlife, the Mt. St. Helens Institute, Main Street Design, the Bureau of Land Management, McGraw Hill, Reader's Digest Young Families, Inc., Groliers Publishing, Educational Insights, Gardener's Companion, Cricket magazine, the Golden Gate National Park Conservancy, and the Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park. Her botanical work has appeared in a number of juried shows around the country and in galleries in Washington State and Canada. Her work can be seen on the ASBA website ( and at

Beatriz Carmen Mendoza (’07) B.A. fine arts, Columbia University, NY, 2002. Internship: Botany Department, California Academy of Sciences.

Fiona Morris (’05) B.S., marine biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2004. First internship: Channel Islands. National Park. Second internship: Electronic Publishing Services, Inc., NY. Currently launching her free-lance career in Arizona.

Elizabeth Murdoch (’02) B.S., biology, University of Michigan, 1998; B.F.A. scientific illustration, University of Michigan, 1998. Internship: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Second internship: Florida Atlantic University. Currently, freelancing in Florida.

Heidi Noland ('98) B.A., art, UC Santa Cruz, 1997. Internship: National Wildlife Federation, Ranger Rick magazine. She is currently an art director at Scientific American magazine and acting art director of Explorations magazine (owned by Scientific American). Her art direction, from concept to finish, of Scientific American's special issue titled "Extreme Engineering" helped win the National Academy of Engineering's Engineering Journalism Award in 1999.

Megan O’Dea (’03) B.A., biological/pre-medical illustration, Iowa State University, 2001. Internship: Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. First position: Account Executive and Illustrator at Scorr Marketing, Kearney, NE; Vice President and Illustrator for the Princess Posy book and product line, Kearney, NE. Current position: Marketing and Membership Development Manager for the AIM Institute, Omaha, NE.  

Jenny Parks (’07) B.F.A., illustration, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2006. Internship: Yosemite National Park, CA.

Logan Parsons (’07) B.S, environmental science, art minor, Western Washington University, Bellingham, 2006. First internship: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburg, PA. Second internship: Scientific American magazine.

Marlin Peterson (’08) B.A. history Western Washington University, 2007.  Internships at: Smithsonian Institution/US Dept. of Agriculture, Washington DC; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA.  Marlin is currently submitting project proposals and freelancing in Seattle, WA.

Robin Peterson ('92) B.S., animal science, D.V.M., Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University. Internship and first job: Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, producing environmental/educational illustrations. Current freelancing. Clients include Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, WA; Breakthrough Publications; University of Michigan; American Association of Equine Practitioners; University of Tennessee; University of California, Davis; University of Wisconsin; Tacoma Orthopedic Surgeons Group. She continues to have a steady illustration workload from the veterinary medical field.

Noel B. Pugh ('09) B.F.A., painting, San Francisco Art Institute, 1999.  Internship:  Illustrating a guide to native bees with SFSU researcher Gretchen LeBuhn. 

Lucy Reading ('02) B.A., American Literature, University of Canterbury at Kent, UK. Internship: Scientific American magazine. Current jobs: Lucy divides her time between Scientific American magazine and the Bronx Press as both illustrator and art director. In addition she freelances for, Long Island, NY, among others.

Katura Reynolds ('02) B.A., fine art, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1997. Internships: Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, working with the Arctic Studies Center and the  Department of Paleobotany. Katura has created illustrations for a number of publications including Annals of the Carnegie Museum; San  Bernardino County Museum Association Quarterly; University of  California Publications in Geology; Los Angeles Times; and the book Aleut Art by Lydia Black. She illustrated the exhibit labels for the award-winning "Plants Are Up To Something" exhibit at the Huntington Library. Katura is currently freelancing in Eugene, Oregon.

Katherine Oliveri Rizzo ('03) B.A., in biology and studio art, concentration in environmental studies, St. Mary's College of Maryland. First internship: St. Mary's River Project. Second internship: Botany Department of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. First job: Production Associate/Graphic Designer for the Trust for Public Land. Currently divides her time between teaching art at Christ Episcopal School, Rockville, MD, and her freelance illustration career. Clients include: Smithsonian Natural History Museum (Field guide of Amazonian bats), ARS Financial Group, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and numerous private commissions.

Jennifer Rodriguez (’07) B.A. marine biology, Boston University, Massachusetts, 1999. DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, 2005. Internship: Freelance exhibit artist for John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois.

Laurel Rogers ('97). B.A., industrial design, Cal State Long Beach, 1988. Internship: Scientific American. First job: Engineering Animation. Current job: staff illustrator for the United States Geological Survey.

Rachel Rogge, ('03) B.S., interdisciplinary studies, science illustration, Humboldt State University, 2002. BA: art, concentration in art history, Humboldt State University, 1998. First Internship: Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek, CA. Second Internship: American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY, Currently illustrating a sequel to the book Nature’s Yucky! Gross Stuff That Helps Nature Work, by Mountain Press. This new book focuses on gross creatures of the Desert Southwest.

Pedro Salgado ('89) Licenciatura, biology, University of Lisbon. Researcher in Marine Biology, University of Lisbon. Fulbright Fellow, for natural science illustration. Current job: president and department coordinator of AXIS (a multimedia image studio), specializing in illustration, graphic design, photography, and video. Clients include the Centro Superior de Investigacions Cientificas (CSIC), Madrid; Natural History Museum of Spain; Fauna Iberica Project, an up-to-date fauna checklist from the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain), probably the most prestigious scientific work on this matter, written by specialists from several Spanish universities and research centers; Lisbon Aquarium, the center of Expo '98, Portugal (consultant as scientific illustrator and exhibit designer); Ethnographic Foundation, Gran Canaria; World Congress on Biomedical Communication, Orlando, FL (participation and illustrations); Facultad de Ciencias del Mar, Spain; Department of Biology, University of Las Palmas, Spain; Instituto Carnario de Ciencias Marinas, Spain; Fauna and Flora of the Atlantic Islands Symposium; Dorada Fish (international aquaculture company), Spain; Institute of Applied Algology, Spain; FEDAC, Ethnographic Foundation, Spain; Associacao Portuguesa de Biologos IMAR, Institute of Marine Research, Portugal; ACOR, Association for the Study of Birds of Prey, Portugal; Sociedade Portuguesa de Herpetologia.

Publications: Herpetologica; Botanica Marina; Boletim APB (Association of Portuguese Biologists). Teaching: natural science illustration, since 1990, at the University of Lisbon; University of Oporto; University of Coimbra; University of Algarve; National Museum of Natural History (Lisbon); Natural History Museum of Madeira Island; University of Las Palmas; University of La Laguna.

Ann Sanderson (’07) B.S., zoology/biology, University of Toronto, Canada, 2006. Internship: Scientific American magazine.

Yehudit Sherman ('94) B.A., environmental studies, emphasis wildlife conservation and biology, with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1991. Internship: Maps and illustrations of species and habitat for Visitor's Guide to Santa Cruz Island, the Galapagos Islands. Second internship: the Long Marine Laboratory, Santa Cruz, CA; created illustrations of marine invertebrates for the docent manual and for identification labels for its aquarium.  First job: worked with Adrienne Zihlman (Department of Anthropology, University of California at Santa Cruz) creating illustrations of her research on chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas. Currently: Freelance editor of science articles and environmental reports. Illustration clients: Yoel Rak, Tel Aviv University, Israel [detailed illustrations of the skull of Astralopethicus afarensis 444 ("the son of Lucy")]; Weizmann Institute of Science, Foreign Press Office, Rehovot, Israel; D.W. Alley & Associates, Brookdale, CA; Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, CA; John Ambrosino, DPM, Contra Costa Foot and Ankle Center, Concord, CA.

Mary Sievert (’02) B.S., graphic design, San Jose State University, CA, 1985; M.A., museum studies, San Francisco State University, CA, 1991. Internship: California Coastal Commission. Currently heads Sievert Illustration & Design in Santa Cruz, CA, where she specializes in interpretive and scientific illustration, as well as exhibit and graphic design. A sampling of her clients includes Bay Area discovery Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Cartoon Art Museum, the Exploratorium, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum, Stanford University Hospitals, Tech Museum of Innovation, and Lewis & Clark National Forest.

Noel Sirivansanti (’09) B.S., molecular environmental biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2007. Internship: American Museum of Natural History. Second internship: Annual Reviews, A Nonprofit Scientific Publisher. 

Portia Rollings Sloan ('96) B.A., English/psychology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Internship: Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. First job: Department of Fossil and Recent Invertebrates at the American Museum of Natural History. Clients include Nature, ScientificAmerican, NationalGeographic, TimeMagazineFor Kids, Novatates, Cladistics Magazine, W.H. Freeman and Company Publishers, Doubleday Books, The New York Times, and Bantam Books.

John Sellers ('99) B.A., molecular & cellular development biology, UC Santa Cruz, 1998. Internship: Swanson Mitchell Hydrology, Santa Cruz, Calif.; first and current job: Chief artist and graphic designer for Swanson Mitchell Hydrology where he creates illustrated presentations to demonstrate potential ecological impact of future building and development.

Emma Skurnick ('00) B.F.A., sculpture & drawing, SUNY Binghamton, 1995. Internship: Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, New York. Second internship: American Scientist magazine, North Carolina. First job: Freelance illustrator. Currently divides her time between teaching (traditional illustration techniques, design, digital illustration, and art marketing) and freelance science illustration. A sampling of clients includes: American Scientist magazine; Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (21st Century Gardening Handbook series); North Carolina Aquarium, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Council; Eno River Association; Haw River Association; Baltimore Urbanite magazine; Barefoot Press (A Piedmont Almanac); and the NCSU Veterinary School.

Katherine A Smith ('06) BS Zoology, Humboldt State University, 2003. She is currently on staff at Staywell Productions in San Bruno, CA as a Computer Graphics Artist. Formerly, Katherine spent a year as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where she was hired on after completing her internship. Freelance clients include the Mendocino County Ocean Safety Coalition, Point Cabrillo Light Station and Preserve, the Cornell Lab or Ornithology, and Cat and Fiddle Productions. In addition to Scientific Illustration, Katherine also does design work and fantasy/fiction illustration, all in a variety of mediums.

Zeke E. Smith ('99) B.A., art, UC Santa Cruz, 1996. Internship: Illustrator/exhibit construction for Frank Perry Museum Design and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. First job: watercolor illustrations for an article on the wild mushroom harvest, written by David Arora, California Wild, The Magazine of the California Academy of Sciences. Zeke currently works as a freelance illustrator on a wide variety of projects ranging from botanical watercolors to technical drawings to Flash animation. Clients include: Agile Mind, Kansas City Zoo, Lerner Publishing, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Mrs. Grossman's Paper Company, Plantronics, Scholastic.

Christi A. Sobel ('98) B.S., biology and studio art, Eastern College, St. Davids, PA, 1993. Internship: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. First job: illustrated Agro-forestry for Pacific Islands, by Craig Elevitch and Kim Wilkonson, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Currently: freelance illustration and graphic design. A sampling of clients includes: Paleontological Research Institution/Cornell University; Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew; Educational Concern for Hunger Organization; Audubon, New York; Sciencenter; Acorn Designs; Museum of the Earth, etc.

Mathew Squillante ('98) B.A., studio art, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, 1995. Internship: dual internship at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Archipelago productions, Monterey, CA. First job: staff illustrator/designer at Archipelago. Illustrations for Sharks and Rays of California published by UC Press (2002). Currently: Senior Graphic Designer, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA.

Meg Stalcup (’01) M.S., biological sciences, Museu Nacional UFRJ, Brazil, 2000; B.S., biology, University of California, San Diego, 1995. Internship: California Academy of Sciences, Botany Department. Second internship: American Museum of Natural History, Paleontology Department. First job: Staff illustrator for the department of Botany at the California Academy of Sciences. Currently: Splits her time between free-lance illustration and her Ph.D. studies in medical anthropology at University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, San Francisco. A sampling of clients includes: Mc Graw-Hill World Languages; Scholastic books; Caveat Press; UC Berkeley Library Graphics.

Peg Steunenberg ('95) B.S., nursing, psychology, Avila College, Kansas City, MO, B.A. drawing and painting, San Jose State University. Internships: Yellowstone Institute, Yellowstone National Park and Nature Conservancy, California chapter. First job: Unlock the Land, a set of illustrations for the Nature Conservancy (California Chapter) depicting dual usage of rice fields for wildlife and agriculture. Current job: Upcoming book illustrations depicting California plant habitats.

Peg served as President of Mount Diablo Interpretive Association and presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden. She produces an annual educational product line depicting information about the plants and animals of California to the public. Peg co-illustrated the Roberts Rinehart/M.D.I.A. publication, Plants of the East Bay Parks, by Glenn Keator, Ph.D. A member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, her work was accepted for the 1996 Guild's Annual Exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution. Peg is also a member of the San Francisco Society of Illustrators and received the Bronze Award for technical merit in the Biological/Wildlife category of the society's 1995, 1996, and 1997 annual juried shows. Her work has been exhibited at the St. Louis Botanic Garden, the New York State Museum, and the Oakland Museum. Work entitled, "Tribute to the Antioch Dunes" was awarded the Gold Medal 2000 at the San Francisco Society of Illustrators Annual Show.

Claudia Stevens ('89) M.A., art, San Jose State University, BFA, art, UC Santa Cruz, 1988. Internship: Jarde Botanico Las Cruces in San Vito, Costa Rica. First job(s): Scholastic Rodale press, Bantam Books, Crossing Press, Horticulture magazine. Illustrated the last chapter of Intro to Biology, a college level biology text, Harcourt Brace & Co. Archipelago Distributed Learning, New York, 2000. Current job(s): Full time art instructor @ Spring Hill. Clients include: Bantam Books, Harcourt Brace & Co., Rodale Press, Horticulture, Sunset Publishing in Menlo Park, CA.

Jeremy Stoller ('98) B.S., physics and B.A., art, UC Santa Cruz, 1997. Internship: freelance illustrator for Los Angeles Zoo and the National Park Service, Santa Monica Mountains. Current job: Senior Graphic Artist, California Science Center in Los Angeles as well as other freelance illustration. Jeremy serves as Vice President and Web master of the Southern California chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

Nadia Strasser ('03) B.A., biology and studio art, University of California, San Diego. First internship: California Academy of Sciences, Botany Department. Illustrations were published in scientific journals. Second internship: Scientific American magazine. Currently working as a graphic designer and illustrator. Companies Nadia has worked for include 1185 Design, Unovo Product Design, Williams Sonoma, Sunset Publishing Co.

Zel Stoltzfus ('09) B.S., biology, Millersville University, Pennsylvania, 2007. First internship: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA. Second internship: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. 

Denise Takahashi ('92) B.A, biology, Earlham College, IN. Currently: freelance scientific illustration from her studio, Golden eye Illustration, in Seattle, WA. Her artwork has appeared in several publications, more recently the children's book, Journey Through the Northern Rainforest by Karen Pandell, and the field guide, Butterflies of Cascadia by Robert Michael Pyle.

Koko Takatori ('08) B.A. psychology with pre-med concentration Wellesley College, 2007. Internships: BioDigital Systems, New York, NY; Scientific American, New York, NY. Current job: creating interactive digital contents in 2D, 3D CG, and stereoscopic media at a biomedical visualization company in Tokyo, Japan.

Thomas A. Tarpley ('99) B.S., biology, Freed-Hardeman University, 1995. Internship: Southeast Aquatic Research Institute, GA. Second internship: American Museum of Natural History, NY. First job(s): Research Intern for SARI, Field Biologist for American Aquatics Inc., illustrated insects for a field guide for Tennessee Valley Authority. Also, illustrated keys to a museum exhibit of coastal dunes of CA for Frank Perry, Graphic Artist for Vitronic Incorporated in Doniphan, MO. Current job(s): Scientific Illustrator for Answers in Genesis, Florence, KY. Clients include: Dr. Paul Johnson, SARI, Dr. George Benz, SARI, Dr. David Menton, University of Washington, St. Louis, MO.

Cerian Thomas (’07) B.S., paleobiology & evolution, University Portsmouth, England, 2005. Internship: Bureau of Land Management, Hollister, CA.

Sophia Varcados ('93) B.A., fine arts, San Francisco State University, 1988. Internship: Albuquerque Biological Park, New Mexico. First job: Graphics Coordinator, Albuquerque Biological Park. Currently freelancing. A partial list of clients include: Wildlife Artists Incorporated (toy/gift/apparel company), Ridgefield, CT; Big Bang Creative (commercial designer for trendy clothing/apparel/toys), New York, NY; Wildlife Trading Company (Zoo/Aquarium Concessions management team and design team), Ridgefield, CT. Past clients include HarperCollins and Texas Parks and Wildlife. (all illustrations and overall design).

Laura Vollset ('08) B.A., English Literature, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., 2000. M.A., Literary Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2003. PhD (ABD), Literary History, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2003-present. First internship: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Monterey California. Second internship: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama. 

Heather Weyers ('94) B.A., applied mathematics/physical chemistry, 1993, University of California, Santa Cruz. Internship: Exhibit illustration for Habitat Restoration Group, Felton, CA. Second internship: Graphic artist and video production, Sea Studios, Monterey, CA. First Job: Sea Studios, doing storyboard creation, script-writing, video editing, graphic design, illustration. Second job: Art Director and award-winning educational software designer for Great Wave Software, Scotts Valley, CA. Currently Art Director and Instructional Designer for Studio Kinection, and e-learning company in Santa Cruz, CA. Freelance clients include Educational Web Adventures, Global Logistics and Supply Chain Strategies magazine.

Amy Whitesides (’07) B.A., environmental studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1997. First internship: Botany Department, California Academy of Science, CA. Second internship: Sally Ride Science, San Diego, CA.

Cat Wilson ('09) B.A., biology, Hendrix College, Conway Arkansas, 2003. Internship: Scientific American Magazine. Cat is currently freelancing in New York.