Dr. Katrina Schwartz and William Souder with Escape to Create
Katrina Schwartz is an interdisciplinary social scientist working in the field of environmental and sustainability studies. An independent researcher based in Gainesville, FL, Schwartz will begin writing Waters of Destiny: The Everglades, Flood Control, and Surviving the Anthropocene. Research was funded in part by the National Science Foundation with support from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Schwartz writes of the accelerating destruction of Florida’s fragile wetlands, the tensions between development and biodiversity conservation, and how the flood control system designed to protect South Florida perpetuates its vulnerabilities despite 30 years of political national attention, litigation and engineering innovation. Schwartz will visit county schools with her motivational lecture encouraging students how to think analytically and critically about issues important to them as emerging citizens.
Environmental journalist William Souder‘s work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Harper’s and Smithsonian Magazine. The award-winning Minnesota writer is author of three critically acclaimed books: A Plague of Frogs, his scientific detective story following the early outbreaks of mutations in declining frog populations; Under A Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of America, a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and, On A Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, a 2012 NYT Notable Book of the Year published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Carson’s Silent Spring. Souder will begin work on his next biography Mad At The World: John Steinbeck and The American Century. He will give PowerPoint lectures on the environmental pioneer Rachel Carson and America’s greatest natural historian, John James Audubon.