Leslie Costa lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, USA. Her career has ranged from museum curation and exhibit design to tutoring and scientific illustration, with interests in natural history, environmental education, and garden design. She holds a BS in Biology from Georgia Southern University, and graduate degrees in Entomology (MS) and Landscape Architecture (MLA) from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, USA.
Leslie is a frequent collaborator with her partner James Costa, illustrating The Other Insect Societies (Harvard, 2006) and Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory (Norton, 2017). Her interest in Alfred Russel Wallace was piqued as the lead transcriber of Wallace's "Species Notebook" for On the Organic Law of Change: A Facsimile Edition and Annotated Transcription of Alfred Russel Wallace's Species Notebook of 1855–1859 (Harvard, 2013).
Welcome to the growing team Leslie!!