David Quammen (2005-2008)

David Quammen
David Quammen


by Jesuit priests and Southern novelists


  • Yale University B.A. 1970 Oxford University B. Litt. 1973


  • To Walk the Line (novel) Knopf 1970
  • The Zolta Configuration (novel) Doubleday 1983
  • Natural Acts (essays) Nick Lyons 1985
  • The Soul of Viktor Tronko (novel) Doubleday 1987
  • Blood Line (short fiction) Graywolf 1988
  • The Flight of the Iguana (essays) Delacorte 1988
  • The Song of the Dodo (nonfiction) Scribner 1996
  • Wild Thoughts from Wild Places (essays) Scribner 1998
  • The Boilerplate Rhino (essays) Scribner 2000
  • Monster of God (nonfiction) W.W. Norton 2003
  • The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (biography) W.W. Norton 2006


  • Rhodes Scholarship 1970
  • National Magazine Award (Essays and Criticism) 1987
  • Guggenheim Fellowship 1988
  • National Magazine Award (shared, Special Interests) 1994
  • Academy Award (Literature) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters 1996
  • BP Natural World Book Prize (Great Britain) 1996
  • John Burroughs Medal for nature writing 1997
  • New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award 1997
  • Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction 1997
  • Ph.D. (honorary), Montana State University 2000
  • PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay 2001
  • National Magazine Award (Essays) 2005
  • Honorary membership, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society 2005


Dr. Quammen has been published in the following magazines and journals: Outside magazine; Harper’s; The Atlantic Monthly; National Geographic; NG Adventure; Rolling Stone; The New York Times Book Review; The Smithsonian; The Virginia Quarterly Review; and more.


Dr. Quammen's short works, fiction and nonfiction, have been reprinted in a number of anthologies, including Writers of the Purple Sage (edited by Russell Martin and Marc Barasch, 1984), Literary Journalism (edited by Norman Sims and Mark Kramer, 1995), American Short Story Masterpieces (edited by Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks, 1987), The Portable Western Reader (edited by William Kittredge, 1997), The Best American Essays 1989 (edited by Geoffrey Wolff), The Best American Essays 1999 (edited by Edward Hoagland), The Best American Travel Writing 2001 (edited by Paul Theroux), The Best of Outside: The First Twenty Years (from the editors of Outside), The Best American Travel Writing 2005 (edited by Jamaica Kincaid), and The Best American Science Writing 2005 (edited by Alan Lightman). Dr. Quammen served as guest editor of The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2000.


Dr. Quammen has lectured at the Library of Congress (Bradley Lectures, 2001), the University of Tennessee School of Journalism (Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture, 2002), the University of Missouri (Jane and Whitney Harris Lecture, 2003), the Medill School of Journalism (2002), the Harvard Museum of Natural History (2003, 2006), the California Academy of Sciences ( 2003, 2006), and other academic, scientific, and literary institutions, including Dartmouth College, Yale University, the University of Michigan, the Bell Museum (Minneapolis), Middlebury College, the University of Washington, Pondicherry University (India), Northern Territory University (Australia), and the Mercantile Library (Cincinnati).


Contributing Writer, National Geographic, October 2006—Current
Wallace Stegner Distinguished Professor of Western American Studies, Montana State University


My more fevered avocations are telemark skiing, ice hockey, and bicycle racing. I moved to Montana thirty-three years ago for the trout fishing, and I stayed for the snow and the privacy and the bracing Scandinavian gloom. I live in a house of revivified old wood on the south side of Bozeman, Montana, with my wife, Betsy Gaines (a conservationist), two rescue-case dogs (a borzoi and a maremma), and a dog-loving alley cat named Skipper.