Cristina Eisenberg has a PhD in Forestry and Wildlife from Oregon State University. She is the author of The Wolf’s Tooth: Trophic Cascades, Keystone Predators, and Biodiversity, and is at work on her second book for Island Press, about carnivore conservation. In her scientific research she focuses on the effects of carnivores, such as wolves, on whole food webs, termed trophic cascades. She lives in a remote part of Montana with her family.
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I consider Silent Spring a classic in the genre of science and environmental literature, a book that has changed the world. In it, Carson, a marine ecologist, had the audacity to suggest that human-caused modification of nature, in the interest of progress, was having disastrous environmental consequences. With the precision of a surgeon and unflinching, lucid prose, she laid out her argument and presented incontrovertible evidence.
What effects do you think Silent Spring has had on our environmental laws?
What about Silent Spring has made it such an effective vehicle of change?
If Rachel Carson were alive today, what conservation topic do you think she would focus on?