NOAA Activity Book

"Our Marine Neighbors," an educational coloring and activity book.
“Our Marine Neighbors,” an educational coloring and activity book.

At NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center I created an activity book aimed at elementary school kids that features the “Big Three” protected species: orcas, salmon, and groundfish (including rockfish and halibut).

It’s called “Our Marine Neighbors Coloring & Activity Book” and you can find the full version as a PDF on their website.

The idea was to create an activity book that’s fun and informative without being didactic. The activity book will be used at outreach events (school visits, fairs and festivals, etc.) around the state of Washington.

After discussing what the goal of the activity book pages are and what images might be featured, I sketched rough drafts, took comments, and created revised drafts using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. The vector-based illustrations can be used individually and scaled up or down to any required size.

View PDFs of part of the activity book by clicking on the thumbnails below:


"Groundfish live in deep cold water..."
“Groundfish live in deep cold water…”
"Rockfish can live a very long time..."
“Rockfish can live a very long time…”

John Day Fossil Replicas

Painted Skull
Enhydrocyon (painted replica)

As an assistant to the fossil preparator at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, in addition to preparing fossils (removing them from the rock matrix that surrounds them), I created both research-quality and museum-quality replicas of fossils that the Monument’s Paleontology Center had on loan. This involved molding, casting, and painting fossils (in the case of museum-quality casts replacing the originals in the galleries). Replicas were painted to match the original fossil.

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Painted Skull
Protapirus (painted replica)

Protapirus, ventral view (painted replica)

Oreodont skull
Oreodont (painted replica)

Partial jaw with teeth
Partial jaw with teeth (painted replica)

Exhibiting Evolution

Exhibiting Present Day Evolution
“Work in Progress: Exhibiting Present-Day Evolution”

My article on exhibiting evolution at the Michigan State University Museum is out in the current issue of Museum magazine! This was a fun piece to research and write about – I got to talk to a lot of the people involved and hear about their approach to creating exhibits about evolution.

Press Release: Collaborative effort seeks the secrets of small fliers

I wrote this press release as an example for my portfolio while taking Dr. Illman’s science writing course. View or download as PDF for proper press release formatting. Collaborative effort seeks the secrets of small fliers SEATTLE, WA, September 28, 2010 – Imagine a small unmanned aircraft that can navigate a forest, …