Kirsten has over 20 years experience combining science and art to connect people with nature. She is a scientific illustrator, designer, photographer, writer and artist; a specialized skill set that enables her to interpret science to a wide range of audiences. She creates products for, and works on projects with, scientists, children, educators, and the general public.

Kirsten working on a project in a passing rain squall. Lanikai, Oahu

Kirsten working on a project in a passing rain squall. Lanikai, Oahu

She and her husband, their two cats and two dogs, live on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

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Education

Certificate in Science Communication, Natural Science Illustration
University of California, Santa Cruz
1995

Marine Biology Graduate Studies
California State University, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
1991-1994

Bachelor of Science, Biology with Honors, Ecology Emphasis
University of Missouri, Columbia
1990

 

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Interviews

May 3, 2017
Hawaii Public Radio, Bytemarks Cafe
http://www.bytemarkscafe.org/2017/05/03/episode-453-art-in-science-programs-may-3-2017/

April 1, 2017
ThinkTech Hawaii, Likable Science
http://thinktechhawaii.com/2017/04/01/science-by-design-with-michelle-schwengel-regala-and-kirsten-carlson/

March 17, 2017
Hawaii Public Radio, The Conversation
http://hawaiipublicradio.org/post/conversation-friday-march-17th-2017

March 17, 2016
Hawaii Public Radio, The Conversation
http://hawaiipublicradio.org/post/conversation-thursday-march-17th-2016

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Memberships

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF)

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Exhibits & Awards

2017
Artist-At-Sea Exhibit
Bishop Museum
Honolulu, Hawaii
Aug 29 to Sep 29, 2017

The Endangered Ark Group Art Show, Ark of the Unicorns
Chinatown Artist Lofts, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 19 to Jun 2, 2017


2016
Mixed Media Miniature XIX Group Art Show, Koa Gallery
Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii
Nov 17 to Dec 17, 2016.

Art-O-Mat Exhibit, Spalding House Cafe
Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
Oct to Nov, 2016

Ka 'Ike O Ka Moana [The Knowledge of the Ocean] Art Exhibit
Honolulu Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts,
May to Jun, 2016

2015
Pacifikology Art Exhibit
Manoa Valley, Paradise Park, Oahu
May 6 to 19, 2015

2011
German-American Art Show
Bad Canstatt, Germany

United States Army Arts & Crafts Contest
Honorable Mention

Regional United States Army Arts & Crafts Contest, Germany
1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place

See Sea Underwater | Mehr Meer Unterwasser, Solo Art Show
Der Kunstclub, Leonberg, Germany
Mar to Apr, 2011

2010
Kunamokst Mural
West Coast Sea Life Mural Mosaic
Permanent Home: Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa on Galiano Island, British Columbia

Drawing on Nature Exhibit
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jun to Sep, 2010

2009
Art & Espresso Show
Stuttgart, Germany

2006
Honu and Hawaii Art Show
Gig Harbor, Washington

2005-2006
Monterey Bay Aquarium Sharks: Myth and Mystery Exhibit
Monterey, California

2005 to present
Monterey Bay Aquarium Nearshore Exhibit
Steelhead Life Cycle Interactive
Elkhorn Slough
Arcata Marsh Poster
Monterey, California

2005
Hectic Eclectic Art Show
Monterey, California

2004
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
1st Place, Realistic Portfolio, Summer Conference

2003
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
1st Place Realistic Portfolio, Summer Conference

2001-2002
Art House Gallery
Pacific Grove, California

2000
Oceans: Illustrating Marine Life
Sagres, Portugal

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Members Exhibit
Lisbon, Portugal

1999
In the Spirit of the Holidays Art Show
Carmel, California

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Children's Books

Where the Land and Sea Meet, 2011

Sea Secrets: Tiny Clues to a Big Mystery, 2008

Ocean Seasons, 2007

The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights, 2006

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Books

"50 Markets of Illustration: A Showcase of Contemporary Illustrators," 2014

"Whales, Whaling and Ocean Ecosystems," 2006

"Great White Sharks Guide," Monterey Bay Aquarium, 2005

"The Rockfishes of the Northeast Pacific," 2002

"The Shape of Life," National Geographic 2002

"Monterey Bay Aquarium Souvenir Guide," 2001

"A Field Guide to the Monterey Bay Aquarium," 1998 

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Greeting Cards

First Impressions Card Company, 1997-2002
Season Greeting Cards (18 designs), Everyday Greeting Cards (11 designs)

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Posters

Monterey National Marine Sanctuary, 2002-2004
Threatened and Thriving Poster Series (6 designs):
- Blue Whale & Krill
- Sea Otter & Kelp
- Leatherback Turtle & Sea Nettle
- Right Whale & Sea Gull
- Elephant Seal & Snowy Plover
- Coho Salmon & Sardine

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Magazines, Brochures, Newsletters

Western Society of Naturalists Symposium, 2007

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Annual Report, 2003

Shorelines Magazine, Monterey Bay Aquarium, 1999

Current Magazine, National Marine Educator’s Association, 1999

Western Society of Naturalists Symposium, 1995

Science Notes Magazine, Science Communication Program, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1995

MARE, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1995

Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society, 1995

Diving Brochure, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 1994

Western Society of Naturalists Symposium, 1994

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Scientific Journals

Raskoff, K.A. and G.I. Matsumoto. 2004. Stellamedusa ventana, a new mesopelagic scyphomedusae from Monterey Bay, CA representing a new subfamily, the Stellamedusinae. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 84(4274):1-6. 

Matsumoto, G.I., K.A. Raskoff, and D.J. Lindsay. 2003. Tiburonia granrojo n. sp., a mesopelagic scyphomedusa from the Pacific Ocean representing the type of a new subfamily (class Scyphozoa: order Semaeostomeae: family Ulmaridae: subfamily Tiburoniinae subfam. nov.). Marine Biology. 143 (1): 73-77

Harbison, G. R., G. I. Matsumoto, and B. H. Robison. 2001. Lampocteis cruentiventer gen. nov., sp. nov.: A new mesopelagic lobate ctenophore (Phylum Ctenophora, Class Tentaculata, Order Lobata, Family Lampoctenidae). Bulletin of Marine Science. 68(2): 299-311

Hopcroft, R.R., & B.H. Robison. 2005. New mesopelagic larvaceans in the genus Fritillaria from Monterey Bay, California. J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. 85: 665-678.

Hunt, James C.. 1999. Laboratory observations of the feeding behavior of the cirrate octopod, Grimpoteuthis sp.: One use of cirri. The Veliger 42(2):152-156 (April 1, 1999)

Konar, B. 1993. Demography and morphology of the geniculate coralline, Bossiella californica ssp. schmittii (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) in a central California kelp forest. Phycologia. 32:284-291.