Jessica French, our current Bartels Science Illustrator in residence through June of 2019, is an illustrator with an inherent curiosity for nature. She comes from an artistic background, with a degree in Art & Design from the University of Michigan, and a graduate certificate in Science Illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay. Growing up, she studied animals and plants by drawing them meticulously. It wasn’t until college, when she took a field course in ornithology, that she considered illustrating birds professionally. Now an avid birder, she finds drawing an indispensible tool for learning about birds, and uses her artwork to foster a sense of discovery of the natural world. Before being accepted to the Bartels internship, Jessica illustrated an exhibit about California condors for Ventana Wildlife Society, and has worked for scientists in a variety of fields, including paleontology and biomedical engineering.