Andrew Reeves is an award-winning, environmental journalist, with a Masters degree in human geography from the University of Toronto. He has worked most recently as an environment, science and energy reporter with Queen’s Park Briefing, a political new site owned by the Toronto Star Media Group. As a freelance journalist, his work has appeared in This Magazine, Ontario Nature, Alternatives Journal, The Grid, OpenFile Toronto and the Canadian Institute of Mining Magazine, among others. In 2012, a feature he wrote on Asian carp was nominated by This Magazine for a National Magazine Award and a Society of Environmental Journalists Award. That article is the basis for his forthcoming book, River Snatchers, an investigative narrative on invasive species. Reeves writes science and environmental articles bi-weekly for Alternatives Journal’s community blog, and is the author of his own website, Reeves Report. He lives and works in Toronto.
“A thorough look at an important – and multifaceted – topic.” -Publishers Weekly
“The definitive narrative of carp in America. Reeves chronicles the complex web of good intentions, imperfect science, and different agencies and entities working at cross purposes that led to the carpification of U.S. waterways. His tour through the quest to regain control is compelling and comprehensive. In the end, Reeves takes a broad and holistic view of the issue, pointing out that fighting a few enemy fish species in the absence of meaningfully addressing the pollution, land management, water management, and climate change that create the conditions for carp to thrive is like dueling with our own shadow. The carp is the symptom, not the disease. A must-read for those who love the Mississippi River watershed and the Great Lakes, for those interested in “invasive” species, for sport fishers and environmental historians.” -Emma Marris, author of Rambunctious Garden
“With a journalist’s critical eye and storytelling ability . . . Overrun is more than an engaging story about nuisance fish. This eye-opening book demonstrates the interrelationship of species, the climate, and the environment.” -Foreword Reviews
“In shining a light on the many facets of one of the most wicked problems besetting the planet – the spread of invasive species – Andrew Reeves shows us how to see with compassion and intelligence, and how to voice a range of perspectives while holding in tension the need to embrace complexity and the urgency of choosing worthy solutions. This book is important not merely for its topic but for its nuanced and thoughtful approach.” -Trevor Herriot, naturalist and author of Islands of Grass, and River in a Dry Land
“Overrun is a whip-smart romp through the dystopian history of Asian carp, that wrecking ball of aquatic ecosystems in North America. But in telling it, Reeves charts a sustainable future for the waterways that connect all of us on the continent. An environmental writer as good as Reeves gives me hope.” -Harry Thurston, winner of the Lane Anderson Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Writing and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award
“A riveting ‘can’t put it down’ book about fish? You bet! Andrew Reeves takes us on a dizzying journey along the waterways of North America with a rich cast of fish farmers, environmentalists, hustlers, scientists and befuddled politicians as we follow the murderous and seemingly unstoppable advance of Asian Carp that now threaten the Great Lakes themselves. This is a very important book to heed if we want to save this watershed.”-Maude Barlow, author of Boiling Point
“This detailed account of the invasion of Asian carp into North American waterways reads like a Kurt Vonnegut novel or science fiction. Yet the carp’s unbelievable progress splashes another clear warning about how so-called solutions have become the chief cause of our problems.” -Andrew Nikiforuk, author of Empire of the Beetle