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Click here to read the transcript of the live interview with Karl Laumbach.
Karl Laumbach
Karl Laumbach is an archeologist and during the past 26 years, he has directed hundreds of archaeological projects in southern New Mexico. Currently he is one of the lead scientists for Earthwatch's expedition "Prehistoric Pueblos of The American Southwest."

Karl was raised on a ranch in New Mexico and was fascinated with the history around him from an early age. His ranch had been the hunting grounds of Plains Indians, who left their camps strewn with arrowheads and other artifacts. A branch of the Santa Fe Trail crossed within a quarter mile of his house, where he would find an occasional cartridge or ceramic doll's arm.

In leading the Earthwatch teams, Karl explains why he loves being an archeologist, "What I like most about the work is that it lets me get close to the past. It gives me a sense of what it might have been like, both in good times and in bad. The people, who have preceded us loved and laughed, hated and fought, ate well and starved, lived vigorous and often tragic lives. Archaeology usually only gives us the broad outlines of their struggle to survive, but once in a while you find something that brings you very close to them and it never ceases to send a thrill through me."

Click here to read the transcript of the live interview with Shayne Russell.
Shayne Russell
Shayne Russell is the Library Media Specialist at Mount Laurel Hartford School in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, where she works with over 1,000 fifth and sixth graders. Surrounded by books in the library, she enjoys teaching kids about research. "Not all research happens in the library," says Shayne.

During school vacations, Shayne seeks opportunities to work with scientists conducting "field" research at locations far from the library. A veteran of several Earthwatch expeditions, Shayne has helped archaeologists in Arizona excavate a prehistoric pueblo once inhabited by the Mogollon Indians, and archaeologists in Virginia discover artifacts at the site of a colonial frontier fort. In Yellowstone National Park, Shayne has worked alongside wildlife biologists tracking and documenting the behavior of coyotes.

Shayne's spirit of adventure has also drawn her to Chaco Canyon and to the Grand Canyon to help the Sierra Club protect wilderness areas, to Minnesota to dogsled, and to Montana to canoe the wild and scenic Missouri River (just like the explorers Lewis and Clark!).

In between adventures, she bicycles with good friends from school and tosses Frisbees to her Chesapeake Bay retriever, Kiva.

Shayne was named New Jersey's Outstanding Educational Media Specialist in 1997. She enjoys sharing her expertise with other librarians by teaching workshops and writing articles for professional journals.

Photo Credits: Shayne Russell

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