Author Profile: David George Haskell

Author Profile:   David George Haskell is a British-born American biologist, author and professor of biology at Sewanee: The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Name: David George Haskell


2012 – The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature Book

2017 – The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors

Background: David George Haskell was born in 1950 in England, United Kingdom. He is 70 years old. His movies are The Atomic Tree and his albums are Concurrent Dyscurrent. He has completed his B.A. in zoology from the University of Oxford and Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Cornell University (1996). In 2014, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded him the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada.

Genre: David George Haskell has written poems, essays and opeds in addition to scientific papers. He has also written the book, The Forest Unseen (Viking Press, Penguin Random House 2012) and The Songs of Trees (Viking Press, Penguin Random House 2017).

Literary Contributions: David George Haskell’s book, The Forest Unseen has won the 2013 National Academies Communication Award for Best Book, is runner up for the 2013 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, is finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in General Non-fiction, winner of the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award as well as winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature. The Forest Unseen, was winner of the 2016 Dapeng Nature Book Award in China and has been translated into ten languages.

The second book of David George Haskell, The Songs of Trees was published by Viking in April 2017. The book was named the Best Science Books of 2017 by Public Radio International’s Science Friday. It won the 2018 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Natural History Writing. The book was included in Brain Pickings Favorite Science Books of 2017 by Maria Popova. It was named as one of the 10 Best Environment, Climate Science and Conservation Books of 2017 by

Unique Stylistic Features: The Forest Unseen is a novel about a cold January hike in the year 2004. A biologist named Haskell was challenged with a choice. Either he could follow his enthusiasm for meditation and poetry or carry on writing scientific papers. A lyrical account of the year the author spent returning to that very spot, resulted in his book, The Forest Unseen.

Portraits of twelve individual trees are used to explore the interconnectedness of nature in the next book, The Songs of Trees (2017).

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