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Citizen Science In The Wild: From Gun Shops To Wetlands

alamo river wetlands
(Photo by Maya Springhawk Robnett - KJZZ)
Alamo River Wetlands

Babies are born natural scientists, exploring the world and discovering how things work. But few grow up to be scientists. In our five-part Citizen Science series, we look at how everyday citizens are contributing to science with the help of trained professionals.


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Maya Springhawk Robnett joined the Arizona Science Desk in May 2016.Springhawk Robnett grew up in the Southwest and began attending Arizona Western College in Yuma at the age of 14. At 17, she graduated with her associate's degree in studio art.From May 2012 to September 2014, she worked part time at KAWC as a reporter while pursuing her degree in mass communication and media studies at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Springhawk Robnett’s coverage included a diverse range of topics, from mixed martial arts in Yuma to the Arizona foster care system. She also produced KAWC’s "Work Stories" series for more than a year, focusing on the daily lives and stories of those making a living in Yuma County.She is a violinist, poet and sculptor.