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Quammen, David 1948-

Works: 134 works in 425 publications in 11 languages and 19,557 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Miscellanea  Popular works  History  Fiction  Political fiction  Catalogs  Spy stories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction
Classifications: RA639, 508
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Most widely held works about David Quammen
Most widely held works by David Quammen
Spillover : animal infections and the next human pandemic by David Quammen( Book )

29 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,586 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 )

44 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,239 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
Monster of God : the man-eating predator in the jungles of history and the mind by David Quammen( Book )

21 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 1,966 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
The reluctant Mr. Darwin : an intimate portrait of Charles Darwin and the making of his theory of evolution by David Quammen( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,924 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
Natural acts : a sidelong view of science and nature by David Quammen( Book )

18 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 1,190 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
Ebola : the natural and human history of a deadly virus by David Quammen( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,052 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 )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The boilerplate rhino : nature in the eye of the beholder by David Quammen( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and Chinese and held by 661 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 best American science and nature writing 2000( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 417 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
Blood line : stories of fathers and sons by David Quammen( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The soul of Viktor Tronko : a novel by David Quammen( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 395 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 chimp and the river : how AIDS emerged from an African forest by David Quammen( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 386 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 Zolta configuration by David Quammen( Book )

10 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in 3 languages and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een man komt per ongeluk in het bezit van een uiterst geheim regeringsdocument en raakt verstrikt in het machtsspel tussen diverse belanghebbenden
The reluctant Mr. Darwin [an intimate portrait of Charles Darwin and the making of his theory of evolution] by David Quammen( Recording )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 362 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
The best American science and nature writing 2013( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents fictional and non-fictional stories written by American authors that discuss topics in science and nature
To walk the line : a novel by David Quammen( Book )

5 editions published between 1970 and 1972 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alexis Rockman by Alexis Rockman( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the intersection of science and art, documentary and fantasy, the beautiful and the grotesque lies the work of Alexis Rockman, whose meticulously rendered paintings fascinate, amuse, and alarm us - often simultaneously - as they explore the relationship between man and nature." "A native New Yorker who frequented the American Museum of Natural History as a boy, Rockman is inspired by botanical and zoological illustrations, as well as early-twentieth-century murals and dioramas. Yet his work goes beyond those genres to portray, with dark humor, a variety of mutated and mutant animals (such as square cows and featherless chickens), interspecies couplings, and macabre visions of a future world defined by man's interventions that are the result of genetic engineering, pollution, and a loss of biodiversity. Sometimes nature strikes back: in The Ecotourist, for instance, the artist wryly depicts his own decaying corpse lying in the rain forest as an array of exotic creatures come to feed on him." "This illustrated volume is the first to offer a comprehensive overview of Rockman's oeuvre, from his early works, such as the fascinating yet disquieting Aviary, in which birds perch against a blood red sky, to his more recent Expedition series, inspired by the artist's field studies in the rain forests of Brazil and Guyana. Rockman's intense palette is captured in full-color images - over 225 in all. Important large-scale works, such as A Recent History of the World (58 x 255 3/4 inches) and Evolution (96 x 288 inches), are reproduced here with foldout pages that convey the scope and detail of his paintings. Ancillary illustrations - everything from Albrecht Durer's Young Hare to production drawings from Willis O'Brien's King Kong (1933) - point up the eclectic influences that invigorate Rockman's art and thinking: science-fiction iconography, Dutch still lifes, special effects in film, and ideas about the sublime." "Complementing the visual documentation of Rockman's work is commentary by the artist himself, culled from interviews conducted especially for this volume. Three incisive essays further elucidate the scientific and artistic influences on Rockman's art; at the same time, the authors describe how Rockman has broken with those traditions to create a unique, powerful, and at times haunting vision of the collision between man and the natural world."--Jacket
Island life, or, the phenomena and causes of insular faunas and floras : including a revision and attempted solution of the problem of geological climates by Alfred Russel Wallace( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alfred Russel Wallace is best known as the codiscoverer, with Charles Darwin, of natural selection, but he was also history's foremost tropical naturalist and the father of biogeography, the modern study of the geographical basis of biological diversity. Island Life has long been considered one of his most important works. In it he extends studies on the influence of the glacial epochs on organismal distribution patterns and the characteristics of island biogeography, a topic as vibrant and actively studied today as it was in 1880. The book includes history's first theory of continental glaciation based on a combination of geographical and astronomical causes, a discussion of island classification, and a survey of worldwide island faunas and floras. Published to commemorate the centennial of Wallace's death, this reissue of the first edition of Island Life, with a foreward by David Quammen and an extensive commentary by Lawrence R. Heaney, who has spent over three decades studying island biogeography in Southeast Asia, makes this essential and foundational reference available and accessible once again. -- Back cover
Wild thoughts from wild places by David Quammen( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in Japanese and English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a collection of twenty-three of Quammen's most intriguing, most exciting, most memorable pieces. In it you will meet seasoned professional kayakers on the Futaleufu River of southern Chile, where Quammen describes how it feels to travel in fast company and flail for survival in the river's maw. You will be introduced to the commerce in pearls (and black-market parrots) in the Aru Islands of eastern Indonesia and taken ambivalently along on a lion-hunting excursion through the mountains of Montana. At the Cincinnati Zoo, there is a lesson to be learned about the ugly truth behind those beautiful white tigers, and the celebration of a fiftieth wedding anniversary serves as occasion for pondering Einstein's ideas on the relativity of time
The origin of species : descent of a text, with modification by David Quammen( Book )

10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The song of the dodo : island biogeography in an age of extinctions
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.

쾀멘, 데이비드 1948-

クォメン, デイヴィッド

Monster of God : the man-eating predator in the jungles of history and the mindThe reluctant Mr. Darwin : an intimate portrait of Charles Darwin and the making of his theory of evolutionNatural acts : a sidelong view of science and natureThe flight of the iguana : 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 sonsThe reluctant Mr. Darwin [an intimate portrait of Charles Darwin and the making of his theory of evolution]