Photographer, educator and biologist, Irma immigrated to New York from Mexico City. She is Founder, Artistic and Program Director of the annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Staten Island, established in 1992. Featured on The NY Times/Lens Blog 6/15/2016, “Mexicans in New York: Traditions and Turning points”; New York City’s Photoville Battle of the Boroughs 2016, for Staten Island. Her photography includes landscapes, abstracts and an ongoing social-documentary series “Simple Moments of an Emerging Presence” of Mexican-Americans and Mexican immigrants in New York. Recent individual exhibits: Mexico/Staten Island: Photographs of a Community at Octavio Paz Gallery & Mexican Cultural Institute, New York, 2016-2017 and Mexico/Staten Island at Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art. Awards: Gabriela Mistral, Julia de Burgos, Frida Kalho, 2017; Councilwoman Debi Rose’s Staten Island Women Who Preserve History award, 2011. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecological Entomology, Oxford University.