Tangled Tree (Quammen) - Author Bio

Author Bio
Birth—February, 1948
Where—Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Education—B.S., Yale University; Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar)
Awards—(see below)
Currently—lives in Bozeman, Montana

David Quammen is an American science, nature and travel writer and the author of fifteen books. He wrote a column called "Natural Acts" for Outside magazine for fifteen years. His articles have also appeared in National Geographic, Harper's, Rolling Stone, the New York Times Book Review and other periodicals.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Quammen graduated from Yale. He won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford where he studied literature, concentrating on the works of William Faulkner. Trout fishing drew Quammen to Montana in the early '70s, and he has lived there ever since—although he still maintains a heavy travel schedule, writing for National Geographic and researching his books.

During autumn 2014, his extensive research involved Quammen in the public discussion of the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and its spread overseas. In 2016 he wrote the entire issue of that year's May National Geographic on the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. It was the first time in the history of the magazine that an issue was single-authored.

Quammen’s fifteen books include The Tangled Tree, The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, and Spillover, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award.

Quammen shares a home in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife, Betsy Gaines Quammen, an environmental historian, along with two Russian wolfhounds and a cross-eyed cat.

National Magazine Awards (1987, 1994, 2005)
Academy of Arts & Letters (Literature)
Natural World Book Prize
Helen Bernstein Book Award (Journalism)
John Burroughs Medal (Nature Writing)
PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award (Essay)
Stephen Jay Gould Prize
Andrew Carnegie Medal (Nonfiction, Finalist)
(Author bio adapted from the publisher and Wikipedia.)

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