JD Whitman recently received both her MFA in Photography and MFA in Sculpture with honors from the University of Iowa. She grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and graduated from the Burren College of Art, National University of Ireland, Galway in 2014 and from the University of Chicago with honors in 2013. 

As an artist, scuba diver, and marine conservation advocate, she is driven to produce work that positively educates viewers on anthropogenic threats afflicting the ocean and global marine ecosystems. Conducting research in both the United States and Ireland, JD investigates how art and science can be combined to confront ecophobia in environmental education. She believes a certain union of interactive art and marine science can generate responsible citizens who consider themselves stewards of the environment, aiding in the creation of a global environmental intelligence.