ALEX BOERSMA is an artist and paleobiologist from Toronto, Ontario. She has long held a passion for nature and being outdoors; working as a wilderness adventure guide in the past gave her the perfect excuse to spend all summer paddling the waterways of Canada. Her particular love of whales developed after her first encounter with a narwhal while leading a kayak trip in the Canadian arctic. After studying geology and studio art at Vassar College in New York, Alex worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, conducting research on whale evolution in the Pyenson LabPaleobiology department. Articles on her research have appeared in multiple news outlets, including the New York TimesBBC NewsNature, and the Washington Post

Currently, Alex is pursuing a Master's certificate in Science Illustration at CSU Monterey Bay. Her focus is on using visual storytelling to engage the public in scientific ideas and the natural world. From her background in science academia, she has experienced first hand how important good visuals are to communicating research and engaging a wide audience in scientific findings. Alex aims to create scientific illustrations that can function not only as an accompaniment to scientific writing, but also stand along as works of art. Working in a variety of mediums, both traditional and digital, Alex also has a particular love of printmaking and incorporating unconventional mediums in science illustration.

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