This book explores a specific ecosystem in-depth, in order to weave a story built on place and history. It incorporates the theme of a journey to help reveal the environment-human-health-food system problem. While drawing on a historical approach stretching back to the American colonial era, it also incorporates more contemporary scientific findings. By crafting its story around a specific place, the book makes it easier for readers to relate to the content, and to subsequently use what they learn to better understand the role of food systems at a global scale.
Prof. Benjamin Cuker has studied arctic lakes, southern ponds and the Chesapeake Bay. His work on diversifying the aquatic science community garnered him a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation (1999) and awards from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (1993, 2009). Having been a Professor of Marine and Environmental Science at Hampton University since 1988, he also knows the Chesapeake well as a cruising and racing sailor who won the "Down The Bay" race in 2014 and 2015.