Harry W. Greene is the Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University and a recipient of the E.O. Wilson Award from the American Society of Naturalists. His book Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature (UC Press), won a PEN Literary Award and was a New York Times Notable Book.
"Greene has created a rare bridge between [artists and scientists] and told us what it feels like to be a deeply sensitive research scientist, working in a world where the ecosystems are falling to bits around us." - Rick Shine, Current Biology
"As packed with people and drama as a novel." - Stuart Pimm, Nature
"[Reminds] us that appreciation of the natural world is important to us as individuals and collectively." - Hollis Walker, Santa Fe New Mexican
"Harry Greene’s exuberance for life infuses this scien- tific autobiography, which overflows with his passion for herpetology, the wild places that his beloved reptiles inhabit, and very human friendships." - Conservation Biology
"Fiercely honest and fascinating." - Jules Pretty, Times Higher Education
"What a pleasure it is to read these meditations on a 'personal quest for wildness.' . . . What makes this book so rich is [the author's] gift with language along with his thoughtful appreciation of what it means to study nature and to travel, if ever so briefly, on a living planet." - Laurence A. Marschall, Natural History
"No one reading this paean for a respect of the outdoors and its inhabitants could fail to be enthused." - International Journal of Environmental Studies
"Greene engages readers from beginning to end. . . . The book leaves us with questions to ponder but also with inspiration to indulge our curiosity for nature." - Frances Bonier, Science
- Publishers Weekly
"Achingly beautiful. . . . Greene succeeds in illuminating the world as a place of beauty, harmony, and danger, deeply interconnected and worthy of cherishing and preserving." Starred Review.
"This scientist has a poet’s heart. . . . Tracks and Shadows is a sweet surprise; rarely has science been so tender."
"As beautiful and nuanced as the landscapes it evokes." - The Scientist