Award-winning science writer Susan Freinkel will discuss the blight that brought to the American chestnut to the brink of extinction next week at WVU, home to scholars who have played key roles in the rescue and restoration of the tree.
She will present the seminar, "A Whole World Dying: The Early Fight to Save the American Chestnut" at 7pm Tuesday in 1001 Agricultural Sciences Building on WVU's Evansdale Campus. Freinkel's lecture is free to the public.
Freinkel will also be a guest at West Virginia's third annual Chestnut Festival, set for Sunday in Rowlesburg.
While researching sudden oak death for Discover magazine, Freinkel learned about chestnut blight, what she calls "the granddaddy of forest epidemics," and became caught up in the story. She spent nearly three years researching and writing "American Chestnut: The Life, Death and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree," the first book on a blight that reshaped the American landscape.