Gigi Marino

Pulitzer Prize author Jack E. Davis speaks at LSU’s College of Coast and Environment

“As I was doing research for the book, I actually found a connection between the dead zone, the baby boomer era, and Saturday morning cartoons,” Davis said.

The Gulf of Mexico is ranked as Earth’s tenth largest body of water, and recently, Jack E. Davis explored related themes contained his new work with the Baton Rouge community.

On January 11, Davis spoke at the LSU College of Coast and Environment in the Dalton Wood Auditorium. Here, he discussed the book that received a Pulitzer Prize in 2018, called The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.

Another book he has written that has received an award is called An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglass and the American Environmental Century. Davis has done presentations both professionally and to the public.

To bring everyone into the mindset of the presentation, Davis decided to read a three minute excerpt from The Gulf book. Davis said the book has been described as scholarly and readable. The excerpt he read is from Chapter Nineteen of the book, called Losing the Edge, which focuses on coastal marshes.

“They generously hug bays and islands . . . If you allow, the marsh can be a sanctuary in a world full of people. It reaches fifteen miles inland, with no single word to really describe it,” Davis said. “Nature is ever-present, and is always trying to reclaim its territory. I am mostly interested in the relationship between humans and nature, and how they affect one another.”

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