Christine Elder is a lifelong naturalist, artist, and educator. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology, with an emphasis on ecological principles, and a certificate in Science Illustration from the University of California. She also completed three summers of graduate studies at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, focusing on botany and pollination biology. In her years as a field biologist, she worked on projects to restore habitats, monitor endangered species, studied climate change, identified deep-sea marine invertebrates and surveyed plant and animal populations, including the threatened West-slope Cutthroat Trout and the California Legless Lizard. She has more than 20 years’ experience in environmental education, working in informal field settings with such organizations as the National Park Service and Forest Service, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Nature Conservancy in which she developed interpretive displays, gave campfire programs, led nature walks, trained docents and taught children’s activities. She has also taught in schools, ranging from stints as a high school and college biology professor, to developing and teaching cross-curricular programs that integrate the arts and sciences.