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Author Russell, Sharman Apt.

Title Diary of a citizen scientist : chasing tiger beetles and other new ways of engaging the world / Sharman Apt Russell
Published Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, [2014]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  508.092 Russel Rus/Doa  AVAILABLE
Description 222 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents Introduction: Renaissance and revolution -- July 2011 -- August 2011 -- September 2011 -- October 2011 -- November 2011 -- Winter 2012 -- Spring 2012 -- June 2012 -- July 2012 -- August 2012 -- September 2012 -- October 2012 -- November 2012 -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Description of the first and second instar larvae of Cicindela sedecimpunctata Klug
Summary In the exploding world of citizen science, hundreds of thousands of volunteers are monitoring climate change, tracking bird migration, and following their bliss counting stardust for NASA or 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-214) and index
Subject Russell, Sharman Apt.
Naturalists -- United States -- Biography.
Women naturalists -- United States -- Biography.
Entomologists -- United States -- Biography.
Women entomologists -- United States -- Biography.
Women college teachers -- United States -- Biography.
Tiger beetles.
Genre/Form Biography.
LC no. 2014023892
ISBN 9780870717529 (paperback) (alkaline paper)
0870717529 (paperback) (alkaline paper)