Sharman Apt Russell's recent nonfiction Diary of a Citizen Scientist (Oregon State University Press, 2014) won the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing, whose recipients include Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson. Sharman 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 have been translated into a dozen languages and her awards include a Rockefeller Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, and the Writers at Work Award. Her eco-fiction includes the young adult Teresa of the New World (Yucca Publishing, 2015) and the science fiction Knocking on Heaven’s Door (Yucca Publishing, 2016). For more information, go to www.sharmanaptrussell.com.
River Keeper. Watershed Keeper. There’s something poetic—maybe a bit Celtic—about these terms, which in the world of citizen science refer to someone monitoring a waterway for soil erosion, contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Across the