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After studying plant sciences and ecology and evolutionary biology at University of California, Santa Cruz, Sean Vidal Edgerton completed a graduate program in science illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Since then, he has worked as a wildlife illustrator in Madagascar, as an entomological illustrator at the Smithsonian, and as a freelance scientific illustrator. He also received a master’s degree in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology at San Francisco State University, where he focused on the evolution of viruses and their epidemic activity during historical and modern outbreaks. Currently, he works as both a botanical illustrator and microbiologist at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.