Joe Roman - Eat, Poop, Die - AT ILSLEY LIBRARY

The VBS Vermont Authors Series at Ilsley Public Library continues on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:00pm with fellow and writer in residence at the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont, Joe Roman, who will present his new book, Eat, Poop, Die: How Animals Make Our World.

If forests are the lungs of the planet, then animals migrating across oceans, streams, and mountains--eating, pooping, and dying along the way--are its heart and arteries, pumping nitrogen and phosphorus from deep-sea gorges up to mountain peaks, from the Arctic to the Caribbean. Without this conveyor belt of crucial, life-sustaining nutrients, the world would look very different.

The dynamics that shape our physical world--atmospheric chemistry, geothermal forces, plate tectonics, and erosion through wind and rain--have been explored for decades. But the effects on local ecosystems of less glamorous forces--rotting carcasses and deposited feces--as well as their impact on the global climate cycle, have been largely overlooked. The simple truth is that pooping and peeing are daily rituals for almost all animals, the ellipses of ecology that flow through life. We eat, we poop, and we die.

From the volcanoes of Iceland to the tropical waters of Hawaii, the great plains of the American heartland, and beyond, Eat, Poop, Die, "compulsively readable" (Shelby Van Pelt), takes readers on an exhilarating and enlightening global adventure, revealing the remarkable ways in which the most basic biological activities of animals make and remake the world--and how a deeper understanding of these cycles provides us with opportunities to undo the environmental damage humanity has wrought on the planet we call home.

Joe Roman is a conservation biologist, marine ecologist, and editor 'n' chef of Winner of the 2012 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award for Listed, Roman has written for the New York Times, ScienceSlate, and other publications. He lives in Richmond, VT. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Ilsley Public Library
75 Main St.
Middlebury, VT 05753
Eat, Poop, Die: How Animals Make Our World By Joe Roman, PhD Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316372923
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Spark - November 7th, 2023

Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species ACT By Joe Roman Cover Image
This book cannot be purchased through our website.
ISBN: 9780674047518
Published: Harvard University Press - May 1st, 2011

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