Rebecca Lawton is an award-winning author and former fluvial geologist and Colorado River guide. Her essays and stories have been published in Aeon, Audubon, Orion, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Sierra, and many other journals. She has published ten books on water, science, and the outdoors, and has teamed with other researchers on numerous technical articles. Her literary awards include a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, Nautilus Book Award, Ellen Meloy Fund Award for Desert Writers, Waterston Desert Writing Prize, WILLA Award for original softcover fiction, and Pushcart Prize nominations in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Rebecca river-guided commercially and served as a National Park Service river ranger in the Grand Canyon and other wilderness areas for fourteen seasons. She has researched and presented on climate and water communication as an invited speaker and freelance writer.

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