From fireweed to elk, the plants and animals that repopulated the land around Mount St. Helens after the 1980 eruption have changed not only how biologists approach the volcano and its environs, but also how they think about the ways life responds in the face of seemingly total devastation. Author Eric Wagner spent several years following biologists around Mount St. Helens, and in his new book, After the Blast: The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens, he explores some of the lessons they have learned over the past four decades, all while taking readers on a fascinating journey into the blast area and beyond.This online program will be streamed live on the Forest Grove City Library's Facebook page and YouTube channel starting at 6:30 pm.
About the Author
Eric Wagner lives in Seattle with his family. His essays and journalism have appeared in The Atlantic, High Country News, Orion, Smithsonian, and elsewhere, and he is the author of Once and Future River: Reclaiming the Duwamish, Penguins in the Desert, and After the Blast: The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens. He has a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Washington for his research on Magellanic penguins in Argentina.