David Quammen (born February 1948) is an 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.
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. He still lives in Montana, while traveling widely for National Geographic Magazine and to research his books. During autumn 2014, he has been much involved, because of books and articles he has published, in the public discussion of the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa and its spread beyond.
- 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 Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest; W. W. Norton, 2015. ISBN 978-0-393-35084-5
- "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
- 1970 Rhodes Scholarship 
- 1987 National Magazine Award 
- 1988 Guggenheim Fellowship 
- 1994 National Magazine Award
- 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters 
- 1996 Natural World Book Prize
- 1997 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism 
- 1997 Lannan Foundation Fellowship 
- 1997 John Burroughs Medal for nature writing 
- 2000 Honorary doctorate from Montana State University 
- 2001 PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay for The Boilerplate Rhino 
- 2005 National Magazine Award
- 2009 Honorary doctorate from Colorado College 
- 2012 The Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution.
- 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, finalist for Spillover
- 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
- Kanigel, Robert (21 April 1996). "Review: The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen". NY Times.
- Moss, Stephen (6 March 2004). "Review: Monster of God by David Quammen". The Guardian.
- Desmond, Adrian (27 Aug 2006). "Review: The Reluctant Mr. Darwin by David Quammen". NY Times.
- Roberts, Alice (10 Nov 2012). "Review: Spillover by David Quammen". The Guardian.
- Shah, Sonia (19 Oct 2012). "Review: Spillover by David Quammen". NY Times.
- Lynch, Stephen (2 Feb 2015). "How the AIDS epidemic really began". New York Post.
- Rhodes Scholars: Complete List, 1903-2011 - The Rhodes Scholarships
- Winners & Finalists - ASME
- All Fellows - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
- American Academy of Arts and Letters - Award Winners
- Bp Natural World Book Prize
- Past Winners of The New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism | The New York Public Library
- David Quammen - Lannan Foundation
- JBA Medal Award List
- MSU News Service - New Stegner professor to hit the ground running
- PEN American Center - 2001 Winners
- Recipients • Academic Events Committee • Colorado College
- The Stephen Jay Gould Prize
- Bill Ott (June 30, 2013). "Richard Ford and Timothy Egan Win Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.". Booklist. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- Annalisa Pesek (July 3, 2013). "2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction". Library Journal. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- "ALA Unveils 2013 Finalists for Andrew Carnegie Medals". Publishers Weekly. April 22, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- 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