DAVID QUAMMEN is an American author and journalist whose seventeen books include The Song of the Dodo (1996), The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (2006), Spillover (2012), and The Tangled Tree (2018). His most recent book, Breathless (2022), describes the scientific effort to trace the origins and evolution of the Covid-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2, and to combat the pandemic it caused. Breathless was a finalist for the National Book Award. His forthcoming book (May 2023) is The Heartbeat of the Wild: Dispatches from Landscapes of Wonder, Peril, and Hope, drawn from his twenty years covering conservation on assignments for National Geographic Magazine. Quammen’s shorter work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Outside, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, and The New York Review of Books, among other magazines, and his Op Eds in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other newspapers. He’s a three-time recipient of the National Magazine Award and has received several awards for his books, including the Premio Letterario Merck, given in Rome. He shares a home in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife, Betsy Gaines Quammen, author of the book American Zion, plus three borzois, a cross-eyed cat, and a rescue python named Boots.