224 pages, 6 x 9
10 b&w photos
Diary of a Citizen Scientist
Oregon State University Press
In the exploding world of citizen science, hundreds of thousands ofvolunteers are monitoring climate change, tracking bird migration andstardust for NASA, or excavating mastodons. The sheer number of citizenscientists, combined with new technology, is beginning to shape howresearch gets done. Russell takes over a year to study a little-knownspecies of tiger beetle, often used as a marker of biodiversity. Withan admitted degree of misplaced confidence, she patrols the NewMexico’s Gila River, net in hand, negotiating the realities ofclimate change and celebrating the landscape’s beauty.Concurrently, she explores other citizen science projects inarchaeology, astronomy, meteorology, and phenology.
Science and nature writer Sharman Apt Russell lives inNew Mexico and teaches writing at Western New Mexico University andAntioch University in Los Angeles. Her awards include a RockefellerFellowship, Pushcart Prize, and Writers at Work.
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