For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist's Journey


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Oregon State University Press
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5.9 X 0.7 X 8.9 inches | 1.01 pounds
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About the Author

KURT D. FAUSCH is a professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University, where he has taught for 33 years. His collaborative research has taken him throughout Colorado, the West, and worldwide, including to Hokkaido in northern Japan. His experiences in Japan were chronicled in the PBS documentary film "RiverWebs." He has received numerous awards from the American Fisheries Society and the World Council of Fisheries Societies, and served as the acting Director of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU.


This open window to the mind, heart, and adventures of an accomplished ecologist offers a rare and insightful view for any of us who care about streams, fish, and nature. Join Professor Fausch on the kinds of expeditions that unfold when a curious scientist asks good questions about the intricate and mysterious workings of the natural world. --Tim Palmer, author of Field Guide to Oregon Rivers, Rivers of America, and Lifelines: The Case for River Conservation
"Fausch presents a rare view into the life of a scientist by describing heartfelt events that resonate in each of us, through accomplished storytelling. He recognized that his story of conservation was most effective through illustrating innate feelings of connection - to nature and to each other - and allowing for each human's love of waterways, of rivers, to pass freely through the tributaries of one's self. It is this love for the rivers of the world, near and far, that carries Fausch and his audience downstream, meandering through deep beauty, striving to protect and nurture the increasingly restricted lungs of Earth. Borrowing from Aldo Leopold, he wonders, "What if there is no more river music?" For the Love of Rivers takes us on Fausch's personal journey to answer this question, and around each bend is a surprising lesson in life and love...The events shared in this work are so emotionally moving and scientifically fascinating...It is writing like this that is needed to encourage and guide us in our pursuits of understanding and stewardship, and illustrates how perhaps the only way we can protect and cherish these wonders is through emotional connection to each other and to nature."

- Brent S. Pease, Natural Areas Journal