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Sharman Apt Russell - Author

About the Author

Sharman Apt Russell is the author of Anatomy of a Rose. She teaches writing at Western New Mexico University and at Antioch University in Los Angeles, California.

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Diary of a Citizen Scientist Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World

Diary of a Citizen Scientist Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World

Author: Sharman Apt Russell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2014

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. 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.

Anatomy Of A Rose

Anatomy Of A Rose

Author: Sharman Apt Russell Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2009

In Anatomy of a Rose, Sharman Apt Russell eloquently unveils the "e;inner life"e; of flowers, showing them to be more individual, more enterprising, and more responsive than we ever imagined. From their diverse fragrances to their nasty deceptions, Russell proves that, where nature is concerned, "e;wonder is not only our starting point; it can also be our destination."e; Throughout this botanical journey, she reveals that the science behind these intelligent plants--how they evolved, how they survive, how they heal--is even more awe-inspiring than their fleeting beauty. Russell helps us imagine what a field of snapdragons looks like to a honeybee; she introduces us to flowers that regulate their own temperature, attract pollinating bats, even smell like a rotting corpse.In this poetic rumination, which combines graceful writing with a scientist's clarity, Russell brings together the work of botanists around the globe, and illuminates a world at once familiar and exotic.

Obsession With Butterflies

Obsession With Butterflies

Author: Sharman Apt Russell Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2009

Butterflies have always served as a metaphor for resurrection and transformation, but as Sharman Apt Russell points out in this lyrical meditation, butterflies are above all objects of obsession. She reveals the logic behind our endless fascination with butterflies and introduces us to the legendary collectors and dedicated scientists who have obsessively catalogued new species of Lepidoptera. A luminous journey through an exotic world of passion and strange beauty, this is a book to be treasured by anyone who has ever experienced the enchantment of butterflies.

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Sharman Apt Russell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2008

Every day, we wake up hungry. Every day, we break our fast. Hunger is both a natural and an unnatural human condition. In Hunger, Sharman Apt Russell explores the range of this primal experience. Step by step, Russell takes us through the physiology of hunger, from eighteen hours without food to thirty-six hours to three days to seven days to thirty days. In quiet, elegant prose, she asks a question as big as history and as everyday as skipping lunch: How does hunger work?

Hunger An Unnatural History

Hunger An Unnatural History

Author: Sharman Apt Russell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2006

Every day, we wake up hungry. Every day, we break our fast. Hunger is both a natural and an unnatural human condition. In Hunger , Sharman Apt Russell explores the range of this primal experience. Step by step, Russell takes us through the physiology of hunger, from eighteen hours without food to thirty-six hours to three days to seven days to thirty days. In quiet, elegant prose, she asks a question as big as history and as everyday as skipping lunch: How does hunger work?

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Author: Sharman Apt Russell Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2004

Chronicles the life of a former slave who became a famous nineteenth-century abolitionist.

An Obsession With Butterflies Our Long Love Affair With A Singular Insect

An Obsession With Butterflies Our Long Love Affair With A Singular Insect

Author: Sharman Apt Russell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2004

Butterflies have always served as a metaphor for resurrection and transformation, but as Sharman Apt Russell points out in this lyrical meditation, butterflies are above all objects of obsession. She reveals the logic behind our endless fascination with butterflies and introduces us to the legendary collectors and dedicated scientists who have obsessively catalogueued new species of Lepidoptera. A luminous journey through an exotic world of passion and strange beauty, this is a book to be treasured by anyone who has ever experienced the enchantment of butterflies.

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