ISBN: 9781615193981
Publishing: August 22, 2017
Price: $17.95 US
Paperback: 432 pages
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Citizen Scientist
Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction

Now in paperback: One of San Francisco Chronicle’s best books of 2016, a “cogent call to action” (Nature) to save our planet and ourselves

On a quest to uncover vanishing species—and how we might save them—Mary Ellen Hannibal discovers the power of citizen scientists: the heroic volunteers who are committed to fighting mass extinction. Combining original reporting, meticulous research, and memoir in passionate prose, Citizen Scientist is a literary event, a blueprint for action, and an unforgettable story of how one woman confronts loss—with a new kind of science.

“Part personal adventure story and natural history . . . Hannibal proves herself to be an inspiring writer.”—Foreword

“Readers of popular science . . . will enjoy this heartfelt argument for citizen science—that it might be our last, best hope for solving myriad environmental predicaments.” —Library Journal

“A thoroughly satisfying gem . . . This is what scientific writing should be: fascinating and true.” —Publishers Weekly

Mary Ellen Hannibal is an emerging voice in environmentalism and a sought-after speaker connecting the scientific community to the concerned public. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, and Elle, among many others. She is an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow and a recipient of the National Society of Science Writers’ Science and Society Award. She lives in San Francisco.