Meet Our Spring Contributor


David Haskell’s work integrates scientific, literary, and contemplative studies of the natural world.

His book, The Forest Unseen, was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction and recipient of numerous honors including the National Academies’ Best Book Award for 2013. The book has been translated into ten languages. Haskell’s second book, The Songs of Trees, examines biological networks through the lives of a dozen trees around the world. The book was winner of the 2018 John Burroughs Medal and the 2020 Iris Book Award, named one of the Best Science Books of 2017 by NPR’s Science Friday, selected as a Favorite Science Book of 2017 by Brain Pickings, and in the 10 Best Environment, Climate Science, and Conservation Books of 2017 at

Haskell received his BA from the University of Oxford and PhD from Cornell University. He is Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He serves on the boards and advisory committees of local and national land conservation groups.

Haskell’s classes have received national attention for the innovative ways they combine action in the community with contemplative practice. In 2009, the Carnegie and CASE Foundations named him Professor of the Year for Tennessee.

In addition to his books, he has published scientific papers, essays, poems, and op-eds.

Come back to later this spring to read Dr. Haskell's PerSpectives article on Nature!