Award-Winning Author Sharman Russell Speaks At PEEC Tuesday

Sharman Apt Russell

PEEC News:

Revolution. renaissance. transformation: these are the words of Sharman Apt Russell, an award-winning New Mexican author, as she describes the exploding world of citizen science.

Russell will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. She will share her stories, knowledge and passion for being a part of the world where thousands of volunteers contribute to cutting edge science: monitoring climate change, tracking bird migration, watching clouds for NASA, or excavating mastodons.

Her most recent book, Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World, was named one of the top 10 nature books of 2014 by The Guardian, and listed as Recommended Reading by the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. As a speaker, she is equally captivating.

“This is science,” she writes. “And this is love. At the risk of sounding too much the idealist, I have come to believe they are the same thing.”

Russell calls the pine forests and Chihuahuan desert of southwestern New Mexico home. She is the author of 10 published books, and her work has been translated into a dozen languages. Russell also finds time to teach writing at Western New Mexico University and Antioch University.

The talk will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.