Mary Ellen Hannibal is an award-winning journalist and author, most recently, of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction. The San Francisco Chronicle named it one of the best books of 2016 and it won a Nautilus Book Award.
Citizen science is “regular” people contributing to scientific discovery. Today, the time-honored practice of amateur science has developed into an exciting tool for helping save nature. And save it we must, as thousands of species are threatened with extinction.
In Hannibal’s telling, citizen science is not only a platform for collecting data, but a practice by which we can better align ourselves with nature. Weaving history, literature, and memoir into her narrative, Hannibal includes the stories of John Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts, and Joseph Campbell — all citizen scientists — who not only contributed data still in use today, but reflected with meaning on the connections between humanity and our fellow species. Other stories include that of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, who are recovering their cultural history in the Santa Cruz Mountains with the help of PhD archaeologists.
As citizen-mapping converges with citizen science in general, Hannibal’s discussion will include practical commentary on using today’s smartphone and web-based tools, all free, to help visualize environmental impacts likely from proposed development.
Wednesday September 6th
7PM to 9PM
Note: Seating is limited to the first 100 people.