David G. Haskell

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David George Haskell is a British-born American biologist, author, and professor of biology at Sewanee: The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. In addition to scientific papers, he has written essays, poems, op-eds,[1] and the book The Forest Unseen (Viking Press, Penguin Random House 2012) and The Songs of Trees (Viking Press, Penguin Random House 2017).

The Forest Unseen was winner of the 2013 National Academies Communication Award for Best Book,[2] finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction,[3] runner-up for the 2013 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award,[4] winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature, and the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award.[5] The Forest Unseen has been translated into ten languages and was winner of the 2016 Dapeng Nature Book Award in China.

Haskell's second book, The Songs of Trees, was published in April 2017 by Viking. It won the 2018 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Natural History Writing.[6] Public Radio International's Science Friday named The Songs of Trees of the Best Science Books of 2017,[7] Maria Popova included the book in Brain Pickings Favorite Science Books of 2017,[8] and Forbes.com named the book one of 10 Best Environment, Climate Science and Conservation Books of 2017.[9]

Haskell received his B.A. in zoology from the University of Oxford and his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Cornell University.[10] In 2009 he was named the Carnegie-CASE Professor of the Year in Tennessee.[11] He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2014.[12]


  • The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, (2012)[13]
  • The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors, (2017)


  1. ^ Haskell, David George (March 29, 2013). "Nature's Case for Same-Sex Marriage". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Academies Announce 2013 Communication Award Winners". The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. September 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "2013 Pulitzer Prizes". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "2013 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award". PEN America. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "Reed Environmental Writing Award". Southern Environmental Law Center. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  6. ^ "DAVID HASKELL WINS 2018 BURROUGHS MEDAL". John Burroughs Association. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Best Science Books Of 2017". Science Friday, PRI. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "7 Favorite Science Books of 2017". Brain Pickings. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "The 10 Best Environment, Climate Science and Conservation Books of 2017". forbes.com. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Academics • Biology • Faculty & Staff: David George Haskell". The University of the South. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  11. ^ "David Haskell named Tennessee's top professor". Sewanee Today. Sewanee: The University of the South. November 18, 2009.
  12. ^ "David Haskell". John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "The Songs of Trees". dghaskell.com. Retrieved December 5, 2016.

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