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David Quammen - Preface

David Quammen

David Quammen travels on assignment for Harper’s, National Geographic, and other magazines, most often to jungles, deserts, and swamps. His accustomed beat is the world of field biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation, though he also occasionally writes about travel, history, and outdoor sports. For fifteen years, from the early 1980s to the mid-‘90s, he wrote a column called “Natural Acts” for Outside Magazine. He has received the National Magazine Award three times, and his work has appeared in anthologies such as The Best American Essays, The Best American Travel Writing, and American Short Story Masterpieces. His books include The Song of the Dodo, which won the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing and several other awards; Monster of God; and a spy novel, The Soul of Viktor Tronko. He lives in Montana with his wife (Betsy Gaines, a conservationist), their large furry dog, and a modest supply of cats.

David Quammen contributed the preface to Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam (Braided River, 2005).