Abbie Gascho Landis | An Island Press Author

Abbie Gascho Landis

Abbie Gascho Landis is a writer, veterinarian, and naturalist. She has won Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies 2015 Essay Award, an Arthur DeLong Writing Award, and was a finalist for the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Award. Landis holds a bachelor’s degree in English and biology from Goshen College and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University. Her writing has been published in Pinchpenny Press, Full Grown People, and Paste Magazine.

Webinar: Fixing our Broken Water Cycle

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 1:00pm EST

Water Cycle Wellness: A Conversation with Authors Sandra Postel and Abbie Landis Monday, February 12, 2018 1:00PM – 2:00PM EST

Water Cycle Wellness: A Conversation with Authors Sandra Postel and Abbie Landis
Monday, February 12, 2018 1:00PM – 2:00PM EST

Join Island Press authors Sandra Postel and Abbie Gascho Landis for a discussion on the health of our water cycle and how we can recognize and address human impact on water’s natural rhythms. Sandra and Abbie will discuss their recent books, Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity and Immersion: The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels, respectively, and how their research is connected to developing a sustainable water system. The conversation will be moderated by Nicole Silk, President of the River Network, and will be followed by a question and answer session.

Immersion Book Signing at Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 3:00pm EDT
Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203
United States

Come meet the author of Immersion: The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels. Find out why Abbie Gascho Landis is a "freshwater mussel groupie." Learn about these...

Come meet the author of Immersion: The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels. Find out why Abbie Gascho Landis is a "freshwater mussel groupie." Learn about these remarkable, endangered animals, and why Immersion is about more than mussels.

Abbie Gascho Landis at the Green Toad Bookstore

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 2:00pm EDT
The Green Toad Bookstore
198 Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
United States

Join us for a presentation by Abbie Gascho Landis, author of Immersion: The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels.

"Abbie Gascho Landis first fell for freshwater mussels while submerged in an Alabama creek, her pregnant belly squeezed into a wetsuit. After an hour of fruitless scanning, a mussel materialized from the rocks—a little spectaclecase, herself pregnant, filtering the river water through a delicate body while her gills bulged with offspring. In that moment of connection, Landis became a mussel groupie, obsessed with learning more about the creatures’ hidden lives. She isn’t the only fanatic; the shy mollusks, so vital to the health of rivers around the world, have a way of inspiring unusual devotion.

In Immersion, Landis brings readers to a hotbed of mussel diversity, the American Southeast, to seek mussels where they eat, procreate, and, too often, perish. Accompanied often by her husband, a mussel scientist, and her young children, she learned to see mussels on the creekbed, to tell a spectaclecase from a pigtoe, and to worry what vanishing mussels—70 percent of North American species are imperiled—will mean for humans and wildlife alike. In Immersion, Landis shares this journey, traveling from perilous river surveys to dry streambeds and into laboratories where endangered mussels are raised one precious life at a time.

Mussels have much to teach us about the health of our watersheds if we step into the creek and take a closer look at their lives. In the tradition of writers like Terry Tempest Williams and Sy Montgomery, Landis gracefully chronicles these untold stories with a veterinarian’s careful eye and the curiosity of a naturalist. In turns joyful and sobering, Immersion is an invitation to see rivers from a mussel’s perspective, a celebration of the wild lives visible to those who learn to search."