Rebecca Purchase is an artist and scientist who hails from Marblehead, Massachusetts. Specializing in scientific illustration, she is embarking on a mission to interpret complex scientific ideas and articles into digestible material for non-scientific persons, ranging from children to adults. Ms. Purchase has always had a passion for art and marine science, and sought out a way to explore both fields. Her current project is illustrating a scientific article on the infamous dolphins of Shark Bay, Western Australia, and their alliance behavior, into a graphic novel. Rebecca Purchase received her degrees from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. She is currently a freelance illustrator and intern at the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA.