Profile: Sharman Apt Russell
Prof., Western New Mexico University
Science and nature writer Sharman Apt Russell celebrates citizen science in the pine forests and Chihuahuan desert of southwestern New Mexico where she teaches writing at Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM as well as Antioch University in Los Angeles, CA.
Her dozen published books has been translated into a dozen languages and her awards include a Rockefeller Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, and the Writers at Work Award. Her most recent book Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World (Oregon State University Press, 2014) was named by The Guardian as a top ten nature book of 2014 and listed as recommended reading by the Sigurd F. Olsen Nature Awards. Her eco-fiction includes the young adult Teresa of the New World (Yucca Publishing, 2015) and the forthcoming science fiction Knocking on Heaven’s Door (Yucca Publishing, 2016).
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Citizen scientists of the Santa Fe National Forest Site Steward Program in New Mexico volunteer thousands of hours through difficult terrain to record observations at archeological sites, helping protect their scientific value for future research.