On Falling in Love with a Landscape at the Bottom of the World, Cassandra Brooks tells the story of her engagement in Antarctica as a scientist, artist and activist. How one person can serve these three roles? What can her experience teach us about saving the wild places and ecosystems that we love?
Cassandra Brooks is an assistant professor at the CU Boulder. She completed her PhD at Stanford University, studying international ocean policy with a focus on marine protection in the Antarctic. She was a core member of The Last Ocean, a grand-scale media project which contributed to the adoption of the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea—one of healthiest and most productive marine ecosystems left on Earth. In 2015, she was awarded a Switzer Fellowship in Environmental Leadership for her efforts. During her previous graduate work at Moss Landing Marine Labs, she studied Antarctic toothfish in the Ross Sea, a population that supports the most remote fishery on Earth. Cassandra has worked in the lab, underwater, and at sea—including as a fisheries observer on New England groundfish boats and five research expeditions to Antarctica—and has presented and published her work around the world.