David Quammen (born February 1948) is an award-winning American science, nature and travel writer and the author of fifteen books, five of them fiction. 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. In 2013, Quammen's book Spillover was shortlisted for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. When not travelling the world researching his projects, Quammen resides in Bozeman, Montana.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Quammen graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1966. He is a Yale graduate and former Rhodes Scholar; during his graduate studies at Oxford, he studied literature, concentrating on the works of William Faulkner. Quammen was drawn to Montana in the early '70s for the trout fishing.
- Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature; 1985, Avon Books reprint 1996. ISBN 0-380-71738-7
- The Flight of the Iguana; Scribner, 1988. ISBN 0-684-83626-2
- The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions; Scribner, 1996 (reprinted 1997). ISBN 0-684-82712-3
- Wild Thoughts From Wild Places; Scribner, 1999. ISBN 0-684-85208-X
- The Boilerplate Rhino: Nature in the Eye of the Beholder; Scribner, 2001. ISBN 0-7432-0032-2
- Best American Science and Nature Writing 2000 (ed.); 2000.
- Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind; W. W. Norton, 2003. ISBN 978-0-393-32609-3
- The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries); W. W. Norton, 2006. ISBN 978-0-393-32995-7
- Natural Act: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature (Revised and Expanded, with a New Introduction); W. W. Norton, 2009. ISBN 978-0-393-33360-2
- Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic; W. W. Norton, 2012. ISBN 978-0-393-06680-7
- "The Keys to Kingdom Come" Rolling Stone, Jun. 1987
- "Planet of Weeds" Harper's, Oct. 1998
- "The Post-Communist Wolf" Outside, 2000
- "Was Darwin Wrong?" National Geographic, Nov. 2004
- "Clone Your Troubles Away" Harper's, Feb. 2005
- "An Endangered Idea" National Geographic, Oct. 2006
- "Contagious Cancer: The Evolution of a Killer" Harper's, Apr. 2008
- "Alfred Russel Wallace: The Man Who Wasn't Darwin" National Geographic, Dec. 2008
- "Darwin's First Clues" National Geographic, Feb. 2009
- "The Surprising Life of Lions" National Geographic, Aug. 2013
- To Walk the Line, 1970.
- Walking Out, 1980.
- The Zolta Configuration, 1983.
- The Soul of Viktor Tronko, 1987.
- Blood Line: Stories of Fathers and Sons, 1988.
Awards and accolades
- Rhodes Scholarship, 1970
- Lannan Foundation Fellowship, 1997
- National Magazine Award, 1987, 1994, 2005
- New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, 1997
- Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1996
- Guggenheim Fellowship, 1988
- BP Natural World Book Prize (Great Britain), 1996
- John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, 1997
- PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay for The Boilerplate Rhino, 2001
- Honorary doctorate from Montana State University (2000) and Colorado College (2009)
- The Stephen Jay Gould Prize, 2012 from the Society for the Study of Evolution.
- Long, Karen (August 25, 2008). "Ten Minutes With . . . David Quammen, author of 'The Reluctant Mr. Darwin'". Plain Dealer. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
- McGrath, Charles (Oct 19 2012), The Subject Is Science, the Style Is Faulkner, New York Times, retrieved Feb 11 2013
- Rhodes Scholars: Complete List, 1903-2011 - The Rhodes Scholarships
- David Quammen - Lannan Foundation
- Winners & Finalists - ASME
- Past Winners of The New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism | The New York Public Library
- American Academy of Arts and Letters - Award Winners
- All Fellows - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
- Bp Natural World Book Prize
- JBA Medal Award List
- PEN American Center - 2001 Winners
- MSU News Service - New Stegner professor to hit the ground running
- Recipients • Academic Events Committee • Colorado College
- Author papers at Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University
- Video: David Quammen discussing Spillover, September 2012
- From the NPR Radio Show, Krulwich on Science, titled "Three Nice Things We Can Say About Mosquitoes", July 30, 2008
- From the NPR Radio Show the Bryant Park Project interview about his book "The Reluctant Mr. Darwin" on July 1, 2008
- From the NPR Radio Show, Krulwich on Science, titled "The Racing Asparagus" (promoting his Charles Darwin biography), September 20, 2006
- Books by David Quammen