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History of Salmon presentation

November 2, 2011

Please join us for David Montgomery’s presentation on the History of Salmon on Thursday, November 10th at 7:00 pm at the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center.

Mr. Montgomery wrote the King of fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon, a well-received book on the history of humans’ impact on salmon populations. In studying the natural and human forces that shape the rivers and mountains of that region, Montgomery has learned to see the evolution and near-extinction of the salmon as a story of changing landscapes.  Montgomery shows how a succession of historical experiences – first in the United Kingdom, then in New England, and now in the Pacific Northwest – repeat a disheartening story of lack of political will, overfishing and creeping changes to salmon habitat.

David R. Montgomery was the recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant” Award in 2008 and is a professor in the Department of Earth & Space Sciences at the University of Washington; he graduated from Stanford University in 1984 with a B.S. in geology and from U.C. Berkeley in 1991 with a Ph.D. in geomorphology.  His research interests range from the co-evolution of the Pacific salmon and the topography of the Pacific Northwest to the environmental history of Puget Sound rivers, interactions among climate, tectonics, and erosion in shaping mountain ranges, and giant glacial floods in eastern Tibet.  He is the author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon, and the forthcoming The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood.

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