Kirsten connects people with nature. She is a freelance illustrator, designer, photographer, writer and artist, who develops unique ways to interpret topics and subjects about nature for diverse audiences. Her clients include scientists, children, educators, and the public.

Kirsten has over 20 years experience in science communication. Her education in biology and science communication, plus her ten years of experience in Print and Exhibit Design at Monterey Bay Aquarium gives Kirsten a powerful set of skills. Her enthusiasm for learning, and her scientific background in ornithology and marine science provide much of the inspiration for her work.

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

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

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


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

Marine Biology Graduate Studies
California State University, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

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


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March 17, 2017
Hawaii Public Radio, The Conversation

March 17, 2016
Hawaii Public Radio, The Conversation

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

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

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Exhibits & Awards


Mixed Media Miniature XIX, Koa Gallery, Honolulu
Nov-Dec, 2016

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

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

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

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-Apr , 2011

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-Sep, 2010

Art & Espresso Show
Stuttgart, Germany

Honu and Hawaii Art Show
Gig Harbor, Washington

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

Hectic Eclectic Art Show
Monterey, California

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

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

Art House Gallery
Pacific Grove, California

Oceans: Illustrating Marine Life
Sagres, Portugal

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Members Exhibit
Lisbon, Portugal

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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"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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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.