Interview with Liz Popich – our first Citizen Scientist of the Year

January 16, 2015

“A life of many firsts” is how one could describe Liz Popich’s life up to now. She was born in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga and at school she was one of the first girls to have subjects like Technical Drawings and Electronics. She was also one of the first ladies to do a Meteorological technician and Weather Forecaster course, the first woman to set foot on Prince Edward Island and a winner of the first WhatSpecies Biodiversity Challenge! Me: What sparked your passion for nature, photography and, in particular, fungi? Liz: Growing up on a farm probably initiated the love and respect I have for nature. An abandoned school science project, “Unaware of our Fungi Treasure Trove”, inspired me to look at mushrooms differently – sideways, underneath and underground! I ignore the lessons on “keep your chin up”, and literally walk with my eyes on the ground. I’m not really into photography – people have …

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