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Book Title: Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World|
The author of the book: Sharman Apt Russell
Edition: Oregon State University Press
Date of issue: October 1st 2014
ISBN 13: 9780870717529
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In the exploding world of citizen science, hundreds of thousands of volunteers are monitoring climate change, tracking bird migration, finding stardust for NASA, and excavating mastodons. The sheer number of citizen scientists, combined with new technology, has begun to shape how research is conducted. Non-professionals become acknowledged experts: dentists turn into astronomers and accountants into botanists.
Diary of a Citizen Scientist is a timely exploration of this phenomenon, told through the lens of nature writer Sharman Apt Russell’s yearlong study of a little-known species, the Western red-bellied tiger beetle. In a voice both humorous and lyrical, Russell recounts her persistent and joyful tracking of an insect she calls “charismatic,” “elegant,” and “fierce.” Patrolling the Gila River in southwestern New Mexico, collector’s net in hand, she negotiates the realities of climate change even as she celebrates the beauty of a still-wild and rural landscape.
Russell’s self-awareness—of her occasionally-misplaced confidence, her quest to fill in “that blank spot on the map of tiger beetles,” and her desire to become newly engaged in her life—creates a portrait not only of the tiger beetle she tracks, but of the mindset behind self-driven scientific inquiry. Falling in love with the diversity of citizen science, she participates in crowdsourcing programs that range from cataloguing galaxies to monitoring the phenology of native plants, applauds the growing role of citizen science in environmental activism, and marvels at the profusion of projects around the world.
Diary of a Citizen Scientist offers its readers a glimpse into the transformative properties of citizen science—and documents the transformation of the field as a whole.
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Read information about the authorI am pleased to be considered a nature and science writer and excited that my recent Diary of a Citizen Scientist was awarded the WILLA Award in Nonfiction, as well as the 2016 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. The John Burroughs Medal was first given in 1926 and recipients include writers like Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Barry Lopez, John McPhee, and many others. To be in such a list!
Essentially I write about whatever interests me and seems important--living in place, archaeology, flowers, butterflies, hunger, Cabeza de Vaca, and pantheism.
My recent fiction is the eco sci-fi Knocking on Heaven's Door (Skyhorse/Yucca Publishing, 2016), which won the Arizona Authors Association Award for Fiction and the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for Science Fiction. In 2015, my young adult historical fantasy Teresa of the New World (Skyhorse/Yucca Publishing, 2015) was also released, a story set during the plagues of the sixteenth-century American Southwest, also an Arizona Authors Association Award for Children's Literature and finalist for the WILLA Award and New Mexico/Arizona Book Award.
I like this range of subject matter. I believe in this braid of myth and science, celebration and apocalypse. For more information on all that, you can Like my Facebook author page Sharman Apt Russell or sign up for my newsletter at www.sharmanaptrussell.com.
A little bit of bio:
Raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, in 1981 I settled in southern New Mexico as a "back to the lander" and have stayed there ever since. I am a longtime professor in the Humanities Department at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, as well as an associate faculty at Antioch University in Los Angeles. I received my MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and my B.S. in Conservation and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
My essays and short stories have been widely published and anthologized. My collections of essays Songs of the Fluteplayer: Seasons of Life in the Southwest (Addison-Wesley, 1991; reprinted by University of Nebraska Press, 2000) won the 1992 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award and New Mexico Zia Award and recounts my early years in rural New Mexico. Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist was a New Mexico Book Award finalist and one of Booklists' top ten religious books of 2008.
Hunger: An Unnatural History (Basic Books, 2005) was the result of a Rockefeller Fellowship at Bellagio, Italy, and An Obsession with Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect (Perseus Books, 2003) was a pick of independent booksellers in the Summer 2003 Book Sense 76. Anatomy of a Rose: Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers has been translated into Korean, Chinese, Swedish, German, Spanish, and Portuguese, with other books also translated into Russian, Turkish, Polish, and Italian. Other awards are a Pushcart Prize, the Henry Joseph Jackson Award, and the Writers at Work Award.
I write fiction as well as nonfiction. The Last Matriarch (University of New Mexico Press, 2000) is a novel about Paleolithic life in New Mexico some 11,000 years ago. The eco-sci-fi Knocking on Heaven's Door also explores a Paleoterrific life 250 years in the future. The Humpbacked Fluteplayer (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1994) is a fantasy for ages 8–12 and the recent Teresa of the New World (Skyhorse Publishing, 2015) is for ages 10 and up. I love and admire children's literature and was thrice a judge for the PEN Best Children's Book.