CU-Boulder Professor, award-winning journalist, and aquatic ecologist Anders Halverson celebrated the release of his newest book, An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World, with the Center of the American West on March 4, 2010. This exhaustively-researched and gripping account follows the discovery and propagation of the most commonly stocked and controversial freshwater fish in the United States, the rainbow trout. Halverson examines the paradoxes surrounding this prolific fish and reveals a range of characters, from nineteenth-century boosters who believed rainbows could be the saviors of democracy to twenty-first-century biologists who now seek to eradicate them from waters around the globe.

Anders Halverson is a Research Associate at the University of Colorado’s Center of the American West. He has a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from Yale University and has received several awards for his journalism. He was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to support the research and writing of An Entirely Synthetic Fish.