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David Quammen


Quammen Website

This is a great place with links to many of Quammen's recent articles.


David Quammen is known for writing concise and highly accessible articles on scientific topics. His book, The Song of the Dodo (Scribner, 1996), in which he investigates the rate of species extinction in island ecosystems, won the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing and several other awards. Quammen is a frequent contributor to Outside magazine and his work has also appeared in Harper's, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. He has received a Lannan Foundation Fellowship. Other awards include the National Magazine Award, and the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism.

About the collections:

Papers, 1856-1999 (35 boxes) is our original David Quammen papers acquisition. It contains drafts, research, and correspondence for The Song of the Dodo and The Soul of Viktor Tronko, as well as drafts and published copies of essays that later appeared in Natural Acts. It contains field notebooks, research materials, and photographs.

Papers, 1933-2014 (28 boxes) contains correspondence, literary production, financial, publicity, computer disks printouts, AV items, maps, and artifacts. Correspondents include Rick Bass, Robert Michael Pyle, Barry Lopez, and Max Crawford, as well as other notable writers and environmentalists. The collection contains drafts, research, and correspondence for many of Quammen's major book publications, such as Spillover and The Monster of God. The Megatransect portion of the collection includes material from "The Long Follow," articles from National Geographic magazine, Natural Acts and Spillover. Folder titles in quotations indicate the title was from David Quammen’s original folder. Loose items with no obvious association were put in Miscellaneous folders. Word documents on computer disks were printed by the SWC/SC Library staff. Some disks and files could not be opened.

  • Quammen, David. The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2019.
  • Quammen, David. Yellowstone: A Journey Through America’s Wild Heart. National Geographic, 2016.
  • Quammen, David. The Chimp and the River: How AIDS emerged from an African Forest. New York: Norton, 2015.
  • Quammen, David. Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus. New York: Norton, 2014.
  • Quammen, David. Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. New York: Norton, 2012.
  • Quammen, David. The Kiwi's Egg: Charles Darwin and Natural Selection. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007.
  • Quammen, David. The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006.
  • Quammen, David. Alexis Rockman. New York: Monacelli Press, 2004.
  • Quammen, David. Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind. New York, W. W. Norton, 2003.
  • Quammen, David. The Boilerplate Rhino: Nature in the Eye of the Beholder. New York: Scribner, 2001.
  • Quammen, David, ed. Best American Science and Nature Writing. Boston: Mariner Books, 2000.
  • Quammen, David. Wild Thoughts From Wild Places. New York: Scribner, 1999.
  • Quammen, David. The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of ExtinctionsNew York: Scribner, 1996.
  • Quammen, David. "Miracle of the Geese." Words from the Land: Encounters with Natural History WritingSalt Lake City: Peregrine Smith Books, 1988.
  • Quammen, David. The Flight of the Iguana: a Sidelong View of Science and NatureNew York: Delacorte Press, 1988.
  • Quammen, David. Blood Line: Stories of Father and Sons. Boulder: Johnson Books, 1988.
  • Quammen, David. The Soul of Viktor Tronko. New York: Dell,1987.
  • Quammen, David. Natural Acts: a Sidelong View of Science and NatureNew York: Schocken Books, 1985.
  • Quammen, David. The Zolta Configuration. New York: Doubleday Books, 1983.
  • Quammen, David. Walking Out, 1980.
  • Quammen, David. To Walk the Line. New York: Pocket Books, 1985.
  • Updated July 9, 2021