HTH grad student in the Field: Celeste Byers


Chimp by Celeste Byers for the NY Times.

Celeste Byers has become an amazing artist. Back in her HTH days, Celeste contributed some beautiful sketches for the book San Diego Bay: A Story of Restoration and Exploitation. Since then she has traveled the world and along the way expressed herself using a variety of media with incredible beauty and raw natural energy.  Her work has been part of a range of projects from urban garden books to the New York Times. The chimp above was done for a Times article on the NIH decision to greatly reduce the use of chimps for vaccine development and other biomedical research.  For more of Celeste’s work visit her site: If you want to lift your spirit, then listen to some of her songs as well. Way to go Celeste.

About Jay Vavra

Jay Vavra grew up in San Diego and returned home after a range of experiences in biology abroad and throughout California. He graduated from Stanford University and has a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from USC. Dr. Vavra also has experience working as a biologist in the fields of biotechnology and zooarchaeology, and as an environmental consultant. This is his tenth year teaching at HTH where he loves conducting original research with his students. He leads the science fair program at HTH. Most of Dr. Vavra's past students are published authors in the San Diego Bay book series. He has also led students on two successful expeditions to Tanazania.
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