Elected 2018-2019 Board of Directors

 

Sara Taliaferro PRESIDENT

Sara TaliaferroSara is a natural science illustrator, artist, and social and environmental advocate who writes and visually communicates the story of science to an ever-diversifying audience about basic biology, water conservation, and climate change. She runs her own business, Happy Beetle Studio. Sara worked for Museum of Natural History and Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas for over six years with Dr. James S. Ashe, a specialist on Aleocharine beetles, Family Staphilinidae, and taught Scientific Illustration through the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas.

The GNSI has been an enriching part of her career that began with drawing minuscule brown beetles. She has served as Education Director, on the Nominating Committee, and has been involved in the GNSI Oral History Project. She was the Chair of the 2002 and 2013 GNSI Annual Conferences and was one of the founding members and longtime officer of the GNSI Great Plains Chapter. She is the 2012 recipient of the GNSI Distinguished Service Award.

 

Amelia Janes VICE PRESIDENT

Amelia JanesAmelia studied art at the University of Wisconsin/Madison (MFA in 2D design). She co-authored and co-illustrated an award-winning atlas of history for Wisconsin. After serving for 6 years on the GNSI Board, she wrote Illustrating Earth Sciences, a chapter for the 2nd edition of the GNSI Handbook. She now lives and works in the western mountains of North Carolina producing maps, block diagrams, shaded relief and illustrations for history, geography, and earth sciences.

 

 

Linda Feltner PAST PRESIDENT

Linda FeltnerLinda is an award-winning nature artist and educator. Linda has instructed for the University of Washington Scientific Illustration Certification Program and currently teaches for the Art Institute of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. She holds a Master of Arts degree and is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists. Her home in the Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona provides awe-inspiring biodiversity right outside her studio window.

Linda has been a GNSI member since 1985.

 

Karen Johnson TREASURER

Karen JohnsonKaren is a fine artist and natural science illustrator. She exhibits frequently and her artwork is included in private and corporate collections. Karen teaches at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL and for other venues nearby. She has bachelor’s degrees in Entomology and Biological Illustration from Iowa State University and specializes in bringing insects and plants to life through painting and sculpture. Her website, Karen’s Nature Art, was started when she discovered polymer clay and added sculpted jewelry to her artistic repertoire.

Karen has been a member of the GNSI since 1988. She has taught summer and conference workshops. Karen is a longtime member of the Great Lakes Chapter and has been their secretary since 2007.

 

Cheryl McCutchan SECRETARY

Cheryl McCutchanCheryl's formal training is in science, and she holds an excessive number of degrees in biochemistry, environmental science, biology, and botany. She has taught a variety of college-level courses, mostly in botany, and enjoys communing with the wildflowers of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Cheryl currently illustrates, animates, writes about, and does research on a variety of science subjects.

Cheryl has been a GNSI member since 2006.

 

Tierney Brosius OUTREACH DIRECTOR

Tierney BrosiusTierney Brosius is an Associate Professor of Biology at Augustana College. She is an entomologist with special interests in insect ecology and conservation, urban ecology, and cultural entomology. Her research program currently focuses on beetle diversity in urban landscapes and how mesophication (lack of naturally occurring fire) and urbanization interact to influence forest ecosystem composition and structure at multiple trophic levels.

Tierney obtained a B.S. in Biology from Wayne State College in Nebraska and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In addition to her current research program, she is actively involved in teaching multiple sections of undergraduate biology such as entomology and zoology. Tierney uses her interest in scientific illustration in the classroom to encourage her students to develop their observational skills. She is particularly interested in science communication using art and has written on the subject of the use of art in promoting topics surrounding conservation.

Tierney has been a GNSI member since 2005 and was the vice president of the GNSI-Great Plains chapter between 2006 and 2010.

 

Tricia Cassady MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

Tricia CassadyTricia Cassady is a natural science illustrator running her own business, The Art & Nature Studio, where she teaches art and accepts freelance assignments. Tricia currently works as a full-time Conservation Agent for the Town of Middleborough, MA which allows her to protect wetland resource areas and land for open space and write grants. Tricia specializes in pen & ink and watercolor, which she learned to perfect through the Natural Science Illustration Certificate Program at The Rhode Island School of Design, graduating from the program in June 2006. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Scientific Illustration from Bridgewater State College (now University) in Massachusetts.

Tricia has been a GNSI member since 1998 and was the Auction Coordinator for the GNSI 50th Annual Conference in Washington D.C. She is the Past President and Treasurer of the GNSI-New England Chapter.

 

Scott Rawlins EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Scott RawlinsScott 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. A former museum curator and museum educator, Scott has been a faculty member at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania for 18 years. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Art and Design where he teaches scientific illustration, drawing, and design.

Scott has been a GNSI member since 1980. He was the Director of Education for a number of years and continued to serve on the education committee until 2012, before returning on 2017. He helped to coordinate traditional workshops at several annual meetings and implemented a summer workshop. 

 

PAST BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 


Current Positions and Committees

EXECUTIVE TEAM
Administrative Assistant - Leslie Becker
Bookkeeper - Virge Kask

WEB ADMINISTRATOR
Rebecca Gelernter

WEB CONTENT EDITOR
Andrew McAfee

ONLINE NEWS COORDINATING EDITOR
Trenton Jung

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Jennifer Deutscher

JOURNAL of NATURAL SCIENCE ILLUSTRATION
Editors-In-Chief - Gail Guth, Clara Richardson
Consulting Editor - Britt Griswold
Content Manager - Camille Werther
Layout - Sarah McNaboe, Fiona Martin
Technical Editors - Britt Griswold, Caitlin O'Connell
Editor - Bethann Garramon Merkle

EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Chair - Scott Rawlins
Amanda Almon
Lucy Gagliardo
Nancy Hart
MaryBeth Hinrichs

Frank Ippolito
Christina Spence Morgan
Kimberley Moss
Christie Newman

NOMINATING & AWARDS COMMITTEE
coming soon

CONFERENCE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Chair - Robin Carlson
David Clarke
Joel Floyd
Peter Green
Britt Griswold
Amelia Janes
Catherine Miller
Scott Rawlins
Lindsay Wright

ART-IN-SCIENCE EDUCATION PROJECT
MaryBeth Hinrichs

HISTORIAN
Nancy Halliday

SCIART-L LISTSERV COORDINATOR
Lana Johnson

ARCHIVIST
Scott Rawlins

TRAVELING EXHIBIT
Amelia Janes

SCIENCE INSIGHTS
Britt Griswold