Darby Nelson, born and raised in Minnesota, is a free lance writer and conservation activist. He received his Ph.D. in aquatic ecology at the University of Minnesota and taught biology and environmental science at Anoka-Ramsey Community College for 35 years. Darby served three terms as a Minnesota state legislator. He did contract writing in environmental science books for McGraw-Hill Publishers for six years. He has written many magazine articles on environmental topics. He has received several awards including the Minnesota Post-Secondary Science Teacher of the Year; Faculty Excellence Award; Golden Chalk Award from students; as well as awards from the Sierra Club, The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Izaak Walton League. He has served on The Nature Conservancy Board and the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and is now on the boards of Conservation Minnesota and the Freshwater Society. For Love of Lakes is his first book. He will donate royalties from the book to Conservation Minnesota. Visit DarbyNelson.com for more information on his book and water related issues.