Guided by dual passions for art and nature, Nim began her professional career practicing horticulture, working in arboretums in Boston and Washington DC.  Not long after, she used her knowledge of plants to launch her career as a scientific artist, replicating an African rainforest for the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

After five years with the AMNH, Nim went on to earn her master's degree from The Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, a global leader in environmental research and conservation.  During her graduate program in Marine Biology and Conservation Management she began her work in field-based scientific research, extended her understanding of media and communication, and also continued work in science education through a National Science Foundation teaching fellowship.

In 2005 Nim returned to New York to lead an environmental research and education program, I FISH NY, for Cornell University's National Sea Grant program.  Here Nim employed recreational fishing as a vehicle for engaging local residents and school groups with the rich natural environment of New York City.  Along the way she created new science curricula, wrote and edited fisheries-related publications and conducted fieldwork with various partner organizations, often integrating data collection efforts with her science outreach activities.


Her I FISH NY work marked the beginning of a body of work that continues to develop today.  Most notably she has completed a series of celebrated science, research and design related projects for the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Bridge Park, landmark institutions of modern day New York City that have helped reinvent the city's urban landscape and civic life.

In Bangkok, where she currently lives, she's works and volunteers to improve the local environment. She's edited and coached researchers studying climate adaptability in SE Asia, presented the principles of science communication to international teams, and created unique educational programming for plastic awareness campaigns in Thailand. 


Nim lives in Bangkok, Thailand with her daughter and husband.  She can be reached any time by email using this form.  Thanks for getting in touch.

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