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Quammen, David 1948-

Works: 191 works in 553 publications in 6 languages and 21,282 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Miscellanea  History  Biographies  Popular works  Illustrated works  Drama  Action and adventure films  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures) 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor, win, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Redactor
Classifications: QH365, 576.82
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Most widely held works about David Quammen
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Most widely held works by David Quammen
Spillover : animal infections and the next human pandemic by David Quammen( Book )

26 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work examines the emergence and causes of new diseases all over the world, describing a process called "spillover" where illness originates in wild animals before being passed to humans and discusses the potential for the next huge pandemic. The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia; but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. As globalization spreads and as we destroy the ancient ecosystems, penetrating ever deeper into the furthest reaches of the planet, we encounter strange and dangerous infections that originate in animals but can be transmitted to humans. It is reckoned that at least 60% of our infections diseases derive from animals. Diseases that were contained are being set free and the results are potentially catastrophic. The author tracks this subject around the world. He recounts adventures in the field, netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo, with the world's leading disease scientists. He takes the reader along on this quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge, and he asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?
The song of the dodo : island biogeography in an age of extinctions by David Quammen( Book )

51 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirty years ago, two young biologists named Robert MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson triggered a far-reaching scientific revolution. In a book titled The Theory of Island Biogeography, they presented a new view of a little-understood matter: the geographical patterns in which animal and plant species occur. Why do marsupials exist in Australia and South America, but not in Africa? Why do tigers exist in Asia, but not in New Guinea? Influenced by MacArthur and Wilson's book, an entire generation of ecologists has recognized that island biogeography - the study of the distribution of species on islands and islandlike patches of landscape - yields important insights into the origin and extinction of species everywhere. The new mode of thought focuses particularly on a single question: Why have island ecosystems always suffered such high rates of extinction? In our own age, with all the world's landscapes, from Tasmania to the Amazon to Yellowstone, now being carved into islandlike fragments by human activity, the implications of island biogeography are more urgent than ever. Until now, this scientific revolution has remained unknown to the general public. But over the past eight years, David Quammen has followed its threads on a globe-circling journey of discovery. In Madagascar, he has considered the meaning of tenrecs, a group of strange, prickly mammals native to that island. On the island of Guam, he has confronted a pestilential explosion of snakes and spiders. In these and other places, he has prowled through wild terrain with extraordinary scientists who study unusual beasts. The result is The Song of the Dodo, a book filled with landscape, wonder, and ideas. Besides being a grand outdoor adventure, it is, above all, a wake-up call to the age of extinctions
The reluctant Mr. Darwin : an intimate portrait of Charles Darwin and the making of his theory of evolution by David Quammen( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the twenty-one-year period between Charles Darwin's original idea about natural selection and the publication of "On the Origin of Species," in an account that offers insight into his experiences as a cautious naturalist
Monster of God : the man-eating predator in the jungles of history and the mind by David Quammen( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 1,847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: For millennia, lions, tigers, and their man-eating kin have kept our dark, scary forests dark and scary, and their predatory majesty has been the stuff of folklore. But by the year 2150 big predators may only exist on the other side of glass barriers and chain-link fences. Their gradual disappearance is changing the very nature of our existence. We no longer occupy an intermediate position on the food chain; instead we survey it invulnerably from above--so far above that we are in danger of forgetting that we even belong to an ecosystem. Casting his expert eye over the rapidly diminishing areas of wilderness where predators still reign, the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo examines the fate of lions in India's Gir forest, of saltwater crocodiles in northern Australia, of brown bears in the mountains of Romania, and of Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East. In the poignant and troublesome ferocity of these embattled creatures, we recognize something primeval deep within us, something in danger of vanishing forever
On the origin of species by Charles Darwin( Book )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 1,402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reintroduces the author's work about the theory of evolution with over three hundred fifty illustrations and photographs, accompanied by excerpts from his diaries, letters, and other writings
Ebola : the natural and human history of a deadly virus by David Quammen( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace. Over the four decades since, Ebola has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect. It can kill up to 90 percent of its victims. In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle. The search is on to find Ebola's elusive host animal. And until we find it, Ebola will continue to strike. Acclaimed science writer and explorer David Quammen first came near the virus while he was traveling in the jungles of Gabon, accompanied by local men whose village had been devastated by a recent outbreak. Here he tells the story of Ebola-its past, present, and its unknowable future. Extracted from Spillover by David Quammen, updated and with additional material
The flight of the iguana : a sidelong view of science and nature by David Quammen( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author brings to life the weird and wonderful pageant of nature in essays ranging from tales of vegetarian piranha to dogs without voices
Natural acts : a sidelong view of science and nature by David Quammen( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 2001 in English and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the mysteries and patterns of the natural world with perception and beauty
The tangled tree : a radical new history of life by David Quammen( Book )

10 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nonpareil science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and life's history, with powerful implications for human health and even our own human nature. In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field--the study of life's diversity and relatedness at the molecular level--is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection--a type of HGT. In The Tangled Tree David Quammen, "one of that rare breed of science journalists who blends exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling" (Nature), chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them--such as Carl Woese, the most important little-known biologist of the twentieth century; Lynn Margulis, the notorious maverick whose wild ideas about "mosaic" creatures proved to be true; and Tsutomu Wantanabe, who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal gene transfer, bringing the deep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health. Quammen explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of life--including where we humans fit upon it. Thanks to new technologies such as CRISPR, we now have the ability to alter even our genetic composition--through sideways insertions, as nature has long been doing. The Tangled Tree is a brilliant guide to our transformed understanding of evolution, of life's history, and of our own human nature."--Dust jacket
The boilerplate rhino : nature in the eye of the beholder by David Quammen( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and Chinese and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty-six of the author's essays, never before printed in any of his earlier books and written in a fifteen year span, from his monthly column, "Natural acts," published in Outside magazine
The chimp and the river : how AIDS emerged from an African forest by David Quammen( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The real story of AIDS--how it originated with a virus in a chimpanzee, jumped to one human, and then infected more than 60 million people--is very different from what most of us think we know. Recent research has revealed dark surprises and yielded a radically new scenario of how AIDS began and spread. Excerpted and adapted from the book Spillover, with a new introduction by the author, Quammen's ... investigation tracks the virus from chimp populations in the jungles of southeastern Cameroon to laboratories across the globe, as he unravels the mysteries of when, where, and under what circumstances such a consequential 'spillover' can happen"--Page 4 of cover
The origin of species : descent of a text, with modification by David Quammen( )

10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yellowstone : a journey through America's wild heart by David Quammen( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best-selling author David Quammen takes readers on a breathtaking journey through America's most inspiring and imperiled ecosystem--Yellowstone National Park--in this monumental book on America's first national park. Yellowstone's storied past, rich ecosystem, and dynamic landscape are brilliantly portrayed in a captivating mosaic of photographs and eloquently written text that blend history, science, and research from the field. As much a visual ode to nature as an intimate tour of one of the world's most celebrated conservation areas, this gorgeous book illuminates the park's treasures grand and small--from the iconic Old Faithful to the rare gray wolf; from misty mountain tops to iridescent springs; and from sweeping valleys to flourishing wild blooms. In four illuminating sections that combine photos, sidebars, and graphics with elegantly crafted text, this book brings readers deeper into the life of the park than ever before, both commemorating its beauty and highlighting its challenges. This book is an essential addition to the National Parks' 100th anniversary celebration and will remind readers why conservation is worth every
Evolution : a visual record by Robert Clark( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through 200 revelatory images, award-winning photographer Robert Clark makes one of the most important foundations of science clear and exciting to everyone. Evolution: A Visual Record transports readers from the near-mystical (human ancestors) to the historic (the famous 'finches' Darwin collected on the Galápagos Islands that spurred his theory); the recently understood (the link between dinosaurs and modern birds) to the simply astonishing.--
The best American science and nature writing 2000( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of nature and science based essays by such authors as Anne Fadiman, Brian Hayes, Cullen Murphy, and Gary Taubes
The best American science and nature writing 2013( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents fictional and non-fictional stories written by American authors that discuss topics in science and nature
Blood line : stories of fathers and sons by David Quammen( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natural acts : a sidelong view of science & nature by David Quammen( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new edition of the author's first work of nonfiction traces his journeys throughout natural regions of the world to pose such questions as the redeeming merits of mosquitoes and the potential for cloning, in a volume complemented by the author's "Natural Acts" columns
The soul of Viktor Tronko : a novel by David Quammen( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Soviet agent Viktor Tronko defected to the US in 1964, he made two intriguing claims: he insisted that Russia had not placed a mole inside the CIA, and that Lee Harvey Oswald had not been recruited to assassinate the president. Convinced that Tronko was working as a disinformation agent, the CIA furiously did everything they could to break him. But Tronko had one more surprise for them: he refused to break. Almost two decades later, former CIA officer Mel Pokorny shows up at journalist Michael Kessler's house and offers to talk about Tronko. It's the scoop of a lifetime for Kessler. But the more he investigates, the closer he gets to the truth: a truth so shocking that someone would do anything to keep it under wraps. This could be the biggest story of his life--if it doesn't kill him first
The reluctant Mr. Darwin : [an intimate portrait of Charles Darwin and the making of his theory of evolution] by David Quammen( Recording )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oxford and Yale graduate David Quammen currently teaches History and Philosophy at Montana State University. Here, Quammen discusses the life and works of one of the most disputed Naturalists of the nineteenth century
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The song of the dodo : island biogeography in an age of extinctions
The reluctant Mr. Darwin : an intimate portrait of Charles Darwin and the making of his theory of evolutionMonster of God : the man-eating predator in the jungles of history and the mindOn the origin of speciesThe flight of the iguana : a sidelong view of science and natureNatural acts : a sidelong view of science and natureThe boilerplate rhino : nature in the eye of the beholderThe best American science and nature writing 2000Blood line : stories of fathers and sons
Alternative Names
David Quammen American science author

David Quammen Amerikaans schrijver

David Quammen amerikansk författare

David Quammen amerikansk skribent

David Quammen tác giả khoa học người Mỹ

David Quammen US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Wissenschaftsjournalist

Quammen, D.

דייוויד קומן

קומון, דוד, 1948-

קומן, דוד, 1948-

콰먼, 데이비드 1948-

쾀멘, 데이비드 1948-

クアメン, デビッド

クォメン, デイヴィッド


English (240)

German (12)

Chinese (10)

Dutch (9)

Hungarian (3)

Japanese (2)