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Alum debuts novel


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Feb. 15, 2016 – Chris Kohler (‘80 Ph.D. fisheries and wildlife sciences), professor emeritus of zoology at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, turned from scientific writing to fiction for his first novel, “Cracked Island.” The international focus of much of his research and development work often placed him in the midst of exotic locales throughout much of the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. One of his more memorable endeavors occurred in the colorful and mystical island nation of Haiti. “Cracked Island” draws upon his personal experiences, stories conveyed by friends and colleagues, and fragments of story lines gleaned from the many fine books and articles written about Haiti, its people, and its rich culture.

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