About the Book"A memoir from permafrost scientist Katey Walter Anthony on her pioneering research studying methane emissions in Arctic lakes-which has made significant contributions to the climate change dialogue-as well as her search for family, faith, and belonging, on her journey to becoming a scientist"--
An aquatic ecologist and permafrost scientist recalls her captivating adventures across the Arctic studying climate change, her quest to find belonging and family, and her journey of faith in a world of science in this poignant, eye-opening, and hopeful memoir in the spirit of Lab Girl, Educated, and Finding the Mother Tree.
Katey Walter Anthony's enchantment with lakes began when she was growing up amid the Sierra Nevada mountains. Today, her love for these bodies of water have taken her to the deepest reaches of Alaska and Siberia, where she is undertaking pioneering research on methane emissions. Chasing Lakes is her story: one-part adventure--complete with shipwrecks and treacherous treks through Arctic storms by helicopter, snowmobile, and foot to measure greenhouse gases--part coming-of-age tale, as she searches for belonging in the wake of a broken childhood, and part spiritual quest to find a wholeness science cannot fill.
Somewhere between the remote, frozen landscapes of Siberia and her rough cabin in Alaska, she discovers her spiritual and emotional home when she meets Peter, a bright and humble Minnesota farmer who reinvigorates her faith and helps ground her. Yet finding love and fulfillment brings its own challenges. The closer she gets to having the family she's always wanted, the further she's pushed from the important field work that is her passion.
Chasing Lakes is a chronicle of a woman seeking truth, adventure, scientific discovery, family, love, and grace. Both an eye-opening look from the frontlines of the climate crisis and an intimate portrait of a brilliant scientist, Chasing Lakes is memoir writing at its finest: beautiful, complex, revelatory, and moving.
Chasing Lakes moves the reader simultaneously through two realms of time. First realm is the span of an aggressive intentional scientific life: the life of Katey Walter Anthony. The second is the old-as-the-Earth epoch of methane seeps from Arctic lakes." -- Leonardo DiCaprio
Katey Walter Anthony offers readers a vivid and moving meditation on faith, family, and what it takes to become a scientist. Rich in detail on the scientific discovery process, Chasing Lakes truly fosters a deeper appreciation for the intricate steps necessary to study climate change. I'll forever look at lakes in a new light. -- Cassandra L. Quave, scientist and author of The Plant Hunter
"Walter Anthony's work has brought to our consciousness a dire threat -- carbon stored in frozen ground beneath much of the north...[while] the book is also a reflection on the challenges and rewards of choosing to marry and become a parent." -- Anchorage Daily News