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David Haskell’s work integrates scientific and contemplative studies of the community of life. His book, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature (Viking Penguin, 2012), was winner of the National Academies’ Best Book Award for 2013 and a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction. The book was the winner of the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award, the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature, and was runner-up for the 2013 PEN E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. A profile in The New York Times said of Haskell that he “thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet, and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist” ( Professor of Biology at Sewanee, Haskell holds degrees from the University of Oxford and from Cornell University. His scientific research on animal ecology, evolution and conservation has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the World Wildlife Fund, among others. Haskell’s classes have received national attention for the innovative ways they combine science, contemplation, and action in the community. In 2009, the Carnegie and CASE Foundations named him Professor of the Year for Tennessee. The Oxford American featured him in 2011 as one of the southern U.S.’s most creative teachers, and his teaching has been profiled in USA Today, The Tennesseean, and other newspapers. With the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts and Science Writing, Haskell is currently at work on The Songs of Trees (Viking 2016), a study of biology's harmonies and discords. He also explores natural history, science, and literature on his Ramble blog and @DGHaskell. To learn more about David Haskell and The Forest Unseen, visit .

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