Nina M. Zitani, PhD
Nina grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey, USA. After obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design she worked at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia and Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. Subsequently she obtained a master of science and doctorate in systematic entomology from the Shaw Lab, and helped establish the Insect Gallery at the University of Wyoming. For nearly 30 years she has been a science educator, enriching her lectures on evolutionary biology, biodiversity and conservation science with media from her neotropical field experiences in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru. Currently she works at Western University, Canada, as a part-time Assistant Professor and Curator of the Zoological Collections in the Department of Biology and for the Smithsonian Institution as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert. You can view her more recent photography here: ninazitani.com.