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David Quammen (born February 1948) is an award-winning science, nature and travel writer whose work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Outside, Harper's, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Book Review. He wrote a column, called "Natural Acts", for Outside magazine for fifteen years. Quammen lives in Bozeman, Montana.



Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, David Quammen was drawn to Montana in the early 1970's for the trout fishing. He graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1966.[1] Quammen is a Yale graduate and former Rhodes Scholar; during his graduate studies at Oxford, he studied literature, concentrating on the works of William Faulkner.




  • Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature; 1985, Avon Books reprint 1996. ISBN 0-380-71738-7
  • The Flight of the Iguana: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature; 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 and Company, 2003. ISBN 0-393-32609-8 (ISBN 0-393-05140-4)
  • The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries), Jul 31, 2006, W. W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-05981-2


  • "The Keys to Kingdom Come" Rolling Stone, Jun. 1987
  • "Planet of Weeds" Harper's, Oct. 1998
  • "The Post-Communist Wolf" Outside, 2000
  • "Clone Your Troubles Away" Harper's, Feb. 2005
  • "Contagious Cancer: The Evolution of a Killer" Harper's, Apr. 2008
  • "Alfred Russell Wallace: The Man Who Wasn't Darwin" National Geographic, Dec. 2008
  • "Darwin's First Clues" National Geographic, Feb. 2009


  • 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.



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David Quammen (born 1948) is an award-winning science, nature and travel writer.


  • If you can repair your future child's myopia with preemptive genetic tinkering, you might also want to increase her I.Q. by a few dozen points. Will it lead to a world as utopian as Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average? Of course not. It will just add genetic manipulation of embryos and child cloning to the means by which affluent, fussy people try to distance themselves from bad luck, disappointment, menial work, death, and poor people.
  • People come into our lives and then they go out again. The entropy law, as applied to human relations. Sometimes in their passing, though, they register an unimagined and far-reaching influence, as I suspect Hughes Rudd did upon me. There is no scientific way to discern such effects, but memory believes before knowing remembers. And the past lives coiled within the present, beyond sight, beyond revocation, lifting us up or weighing us down, sealed away--almost completely--behind walls of pearl.
    • "Chambers of Memory," The Flight of the Iguana

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