[UCP Books]: Wading Right In by Catherine Owen Koning and Sharon M. Ashworth


“Full of enthusiasm and love for the various water-soaked wildernesses. . . . A global tour of Earth's inundated habitats. Their diversity is extraordinary. . . . Written with immense brio, the text is littered with fascinating facts and memorable descriptions. . . . By the end, armed with information and the experience of experts, you find yourself looking for your wellies and planning a trip to the nearest soggy spot.”

—New Scientist


“Thanks to Koning and Ashworth’s engaging stories, vivid descriptions, and professional expertise, my eyes opened anew to the wonder and power of wetlands. This book is not only a joy to read, but a clarion call to protect these vital areas. Wading Right In belongs in the hands of not only every naturalist and outdoorsperson, but every responsible citizen.”

—Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus



Wading Right In

Discovering the Nature of Wetlands

Catherine Owen Koning and Sharon M. Ashworth

With Illustrations by Catherine Owen Koning


Domestic Publication Date: August 15, 2019   International Publication Date: August 26, 2019

264 pages | 30 line drawings | 6 x 9 | ISBN-13: 978-0-226-55435-8 | Paper $30.00


Where can you find mosses that change landscapes, salamanders with algae in their skin, and carnivorous plants containing whole ecosystems in their furled leaves? Where can you find swamp-trompers, wildlife watchers, marsh managers, and mud-mad scientists?  In wetlands, those complex habitats that play such vital ecological roles. In this book, Catherine Owen Koning and Sharon M. Ashworth take us on a journey into wetlands through stories from the people who wade in the muck. The United States still loses wetlands at a rate of 13,800 acres per year. Such loss diminishes the water quality of our rivers and lakes, depletes our capacity for flood control, reduces our ability to mitigate climate change, and further impoverishes our biodiversity. Wading Right In inspires the emotional and intellectual connections we need to commit to protecting these magical, mysterious, and vital places.


Catherine Owen Koning, PhD, is professor of environmental science and chair of the Division of Natural Sciences at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH.  She has conducted research in wetland ecology, hydrology, and plant ecology in Maine, New Hampshire, California, and Wisconsin. Sharon M. Ashworth, PhD, is an ecologist and writer based in Lawrence, Kansas. After years working in academia and for nonprofits, she now manages an Extension Master Gardener Program for Kansas State University Research and Extension.

Please contact Nicholas Lilly at nlilly@uchicago.edu for more information.


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