Each year the American Society for Environmental History awards the George Perkins Marsh Prize for the best book in environmental history. This year’s recipient is UCR’s Professor of History David Biggs for his 2011 book published by University of Washington Press, Quagmire: Nation-Building and Nature in the Mekong Delta.
Professor Biggs’ interest in the Mekong Delta began just after completing his BA at the University of North Carolina in 1992 when he began work as a volunteer teacher for the California-based non-profit Volunteers in Asia. A self-described “water person,” Biggs traded in youthful excursions in the swamps and coastal marshes around his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina for field trips out of Saigon to the Mekong Delta. He fell i