From an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, sent to me by my sister in law in Pittsburgh:
February 28, 2010
One Strange Fish Tale
Anders Halverson in Fall River, Estes Park, Colo.
By Peter Schmidt
Behold the regal rainbow trout, dappled denizen of deep lake and rushing river, fierce hunter of fish and fly—and prize of pork-barrel politics, invigorator of men, eradicator of native species, payload of numerous bombing missions.
An angler can catch a lot of rainbow trout and yet have no clue what a remarkable force of nature—and mankind—the creatures truly are. Anders Halverson, a research associate at the University of Colorado's Center of the American West, hoists them up for close inspection in a book just released by Yale University Press: An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World.
Few one-that-got-away stories sound nearly as improbable as his account of how our species,Homo sapiens, spread the fish species, Oncorhynchus mykiss, beyond its native.......