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“The Accidental Reef” (January 27, 2022)

Have you ever wondered what it is like to live under water? How noisy it is? Are there fish there or not? What other aquatic life exists down there? Join us to hear Professor Lynne Heasley tell how she found the answers to those questions and more in her new book, “The Accidental Reef and Other Ecological Odysseys in the Great Lakes.” She explores how sturgeon are thriving in a polluted St. Clair River, how a husband and wife team have an intimate relationship with the river and its inhabitants, and what has been done to clean up the river. Questions about diverting water from the Great Lakes to feed the dry West’s thirst. How important the international boundary has been for protecting the Great Lakes. The chapter entitled “A Not-So-Objective Introduction to the Fish Consumption Advisory” turns the question of consumption on its head. Professor Heasley presents her story in unique ways. The beautiful illustrations throughout the book add an aura of mystery.


Lynne Heasley is a professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University. She earned her Ph.D. And M.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Dept. of Forest and Wildlife Ecology). Her other works include “A Thousand Pieces of Paradise: Landscape and Property in the Kickapoo Valley” and (as co-editor) “Border Flows: A Century of the Canadian-American Water Relationship.”


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