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Bugs and Brews
April 26, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm$5.00
What happens when you mix after hours access to the Insectarium, local beers, and a fascinating expert lecturer? You get the Missoula Insectarium’s new evening lecture series: “Bugs and Brews”!
This Month at Bugs and Brews:
Chasing Tiger Beetles in the New World of Citizen Science
In the exploding world of citizen science, hundreds of thousands of volunteers are monitoring climate change, tracking bird migrations, finding stardust for NASA, and excavating mastodons. The sheer number of citizen scientists, combined with new technology, has begun to shape how research gets done. Diary of a Citizen Scientist is a timely exploration of the phenomenon of citizen science, told through the lens of nature writer (and this month’s speaker) Sharman Apt Russell’s yearlong study of a little-known species, the Western red-bellied tiger beetle.
Sharman Apt Russell is an award-winning nature and science writer with some dozen books translated into a dozen languages. Her Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World recently won the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. A resident of southern New Mexico, Sharman is a visiting writer in UM’s Environmental Studies Department this winter and an alumna of the university’s MFA program.