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Deanna Derosia

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Class of 2019

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B.S. (Biological Science), B.A. (Studio Art) Florida State University 2013, Graduate Certificate (Science Illustration) CSU-Monterey Bay 2019


Deanna is an illustrator and biologist born and raised in the sunny Treasure Coast of Florida. Growing up next door to nesting sea turtles, strolling alligators, and bright pink spoonbills ignited her curiosity for the natural world, and inspired her to preserve unique habitats like Florida’s for generations to come. Unable to chose between her two loves of art and science, she decided to get her Bachelor's degree in Biology (with a concentration in Evolution and Genetics), and Studio Art at Florida State University. After graduating, she pursued the field of science illustration, working as a freelance illustrator and research assistant for 5 years with conservation groups across Florida, her roles ranging from a sea turtle nesting surveyor, to a seahorse aquaculture assistant, and a muralist for the Pelican Island Audubon Society. She later grew her skills as a science illustrator at CSUMB’s renowned Science Illustration post graduate program, and will soon start an internship as a mural assistant with InkDwell. She hopes to return to Florida and continue with science illustration through her business "Sealacanth Studios" to help others explore our natural world, discover its oddities, and learn about their own next door critters through the storytelling quality of art.