Artist Spotlight: Kristen Burroughs

Kristen Burroughs merges art and science in her daily life, working as a field scientist, a science illustrator, and a mentor in our Community Journal Project! Through the Community Journal Project, Kristen has taught nature journaling to students at the Seaside Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., North Salinas High School, and more. Kristen’s infectious enthusiasm and many fun facts about marine creatures keep her students engaged and excited. Stay tuned for more exciting collaborations with Kristen to come! 

A southern California local, Kristen moved north to study marine science, and received her B.S. in 2015 from California State University, Monterey Bay. After graduating, she worked hands-on with animals, but a desire to pursue a more creative approach to animal conservation pushed her to explore other paths. Kristen enrolled in the Science Illustration Certificate Program at CSUMB where she was able to further develop her art and learn many new skills and techniques. She completed a 400-hour internship with Bat Conservation International and had the opportunity to illustrate bats from all over the world, including several endangered bat species. Kristen has always had a strong passion for the ocean, so she also loves to illustrate marine animals. Kristen hopes to promote conservation for wildlife as well as teach people about misunderstood or lesser-known animals with her artwork. 

Currently, Kristen works as a naturalist and freelance illustrator, as well as a science illustration mentor for the Western Flyer Foundation’s Community Journal Project. In her free time, she enjoys tidepooling, birdwatching, and wildlife photography. Learn more about Kristen’s art at her website: and on her Instagram @kristen.burroughs.illustration

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