Author: Vanessa Crooks

Vanessa Crooks

Vanessa Crooks is a bilingual journalist and writer in the Communications department of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama, working to bring science to all audiences. She is also an illustrator, graphic designer and animator.

Clavelina puertosecensis, a species of tunicate, taken by Shih Wei, a student of the Tunicates course at the Bocas del Toro Research Station, in Panama. Experts teach courses and create instructional videos on how to collect, preserve and observe marine invertebrate groups. (Credit: STRI)
Illustration from the graphic novel 'Martina and the Bridge of Time' by Aaron O'Dea and Ian Cooke Tapia. (Ian Cooke Tapia)
Cranium of an individual recovered from beneath the Cathedral of Panama Viejo. (Javier Rivera Sandoval, ArtEmpire)
Bryophytes in the tropics are threatened due to lack of information and research. (Jorge Alemán, STRI)