David Haskell on The Forest Unseen | Tantorious

Tantorious is a monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio.


David George Haskell is a professor of biology at the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. His book, THE FOREST UNSEEN: A Year’s Watch in Nature, reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of forest.



Excerpts from the audio interview:

Q: In your book, you visit a single patch of forest daily for almost a year to trace nature’s path through the seasons. Where did the idea for this originate?

A: The idea came from two different strands in my life. Part of what I do as a scientist, a biologist and a teacher is go out in the woods and study, and then share that knowledge with my students through classes. I’ve been looking for years for a way to tell this story in a non-textbook format – in a way that would be a little more compelling.

Q: What do you hope the listener takes away?

A: One thing would be just a collection of interesting and fascinating stories from the forest — an opening into the richness of the world. Another is to share some of the wonder that I find: how much we are connected to the other species, even when we don’t think we are. The key that gets you in the door is attention.

Listen to a sample of the Tantor audiobook edition of The Forest Unseen, narrated by Michael Healy.

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