Humanities Faculty Articles & Other Works

Title

Pister's Pupfish

Document Type

Article

Published In

Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing

Publication Date

Fall 9-1-2005

Abstract

On a searing August day in 1969, just one month after men took a walk on the moon and returned home by cannon-balling into the ocean, fishery biologist Phil Pister worked for hours, on his own time and without pay, carrying buckets of tiny fish from one pool to another at a place called Fish Slough in the center of California’s volcanic tableland in Owens Valley. Usually we speak of humans driving a species to extinction. In Phil’s case, he drove them to their salvation—in his pickup truck.

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