Brief Biography

Christine is a naturalist, environmental educator, and visual artist. She holds advanced degrees in biology and scientific illustration and has been blessed to combine these two seemingly incongruous passions of art and science in a variety of creative ways.

She’s traveled widely in the Americas and beyond from Alaska to Borneo, The Netherlands to Turkey, and Peru to the Caribbean. Her many adventures have included SCUBA diving with sharks, tracking bears by moonlight, electrofishing trout, identifying deep-sea invertebrates, performing necropsies on sea lions and studying the sex lives of carnivorous plants. In pursuit of adventure, she’s been stung by jellyfish, chased by a moose, dive-bombed by seabirds,  poisoned by rotten food in Turkey, and electrocuted at a shoddy ‘rustic vacation retreat’.

When not exploring the world, she makes her home in central Oregon at the base of the glacier-topped Cascades where the sagebrush meets the pines. She enjoys sharing her passion for the natural world and her conservation ethic with children and adults alike through her classes, presentations, tours, and retreats. A regular practice of yoga, hiking and riding her horse keeps her sane.

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Photos of Christine Elder

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Sketching in the field


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Kind Words

“She is a strong, youthful scientist who entices others to look at the loveliness of nature. Her energy is contagious. Anyone would be lucky to have Christine on their team. Her passion and love for nature permeates whatever it is she is doing. She’s the real deal and has the scientific knowledge to accompany her enthusiasm”
– Jill Harke, Director, John Muir Mountain Day Camp

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Skype:@ forestflicker