Professor of Biology
B. A., University of Oxford; Ph. D., Cornell University
Nonfiction Writing, Biodiversity, Evolution, Conservation
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The Songs of Trees (Viking, 2017) was published April 4th, 2017. “A work of scientific depth and lyricism”, Caspar Henderson’s review in The Guardian. “…keen observations and achingly beautiful narration”, Ed Yong’s profile in The Atlantic.
The Forest Unseen (Viking, 2012) was the winner of 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies, finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, runner-up for the 2013 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, winner of the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award, and winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature. The book is available as in paperback, hardcover, ebook, and audiobook. You can read more on the book's website.
BA with Honors (First), Zoology. 1990. University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. Thesis advisor: W. D. Hamilton.
PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 1996. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Thesis advisor: D. W. Winkler.
Haskell, D. G. (April 2107). The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors. New York, NY: Viking.
Selected other publications (* indicates Sewanee undergraduate co-author):
Kirchberg*, J., Cecala, K. K., Price, S. J., White, E. M, & Haskell, D. G. 2016. Evaluating the impacts of small impoundments on stream salamanders. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. doi: 10.1002/aqc.2664
Harris*, J. B. C., & Haskell, D. G. (2013). Simulated birdwatchers' playback affects the behavior of two tropical birds. PLoS ONE, 8(10), e77902. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077902
Haskell, D. G. and J. W. Pan*. 2013. Phylogenetic analysis of threatened and range-restricted limestone specialists in the land snail genus Anguispira. Conservation Genetics 14: 671-682. doi: 10.1007/s10592-013-0460-4
Haskell, D. G. 2013. Nature's case for same-sex marriage. Op Ed in New York Times. (March 29th, 2013).
Haskell, D. G. 2012. Fifty Years later: Rachel Carson’s Legacy. Op Ed in Chattanooga Times Free Press. (Sunday Edition: Oct 14th, 2012).
Haskell, D. G. 2012. Scientific American Guest Blog: The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Sewanee’s Forest. Scientific American online. (April 19th, 2012).
Haskell, D. G. 2012. A Closer Look. Essay in Sewanee Magazine. (Summer 2012 edition).
Haskell, D. G. 2012. Schuler Books Guest Blog: Wonder Increases as Speed Decreases. (May 11th, 2012).
Haskell, D. G., D. L. Wolford, and M. E. Pate, eds. 2011. Sustainable food at Sewanee: a report to the Sustainability Steering Committee
Haskell, D. G. and J. W. Pan*. 2010. The short-term effects of foot-clipping as a non-lethal method of obtaining tissue samples from terrestrial gastropods. Journal of Molluscan Studies. 76: 301-302. doi:10.1093/mollus/eyq021
Haskell, D. G. 2010. Least Terns, St. Catherine’s Island, Georgia. Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-based Writing (F. Caplow and S. Cohen, eds.). University of Utah Press. [poem]
Haskell, D. G. 2010. Common Yellowthroat, Craftsbury Common, Vermont. Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-based Writing (F. Caplow and S. Cohen, eds.). University of Utah Press. [poem]
Haskell, D. G. et al. 2010. Review of lease policies and proposals for reform. Sewanee Leaseholders Association report to the Community Council.
Casey, J. M.*, M. E. Wilson*, N. Hollingshead, and D. G. Haskell. 2009. The effects of exurbanization on bird and macroinvertebrate communities in deciduous forests on the Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. International Journal of Ecology 2009: Article ID 539417. doi:10.1155/2009/539417
Haskell, D. G. and A. Adhikari*. 2009. Darwin's Manufactory Hypothesis Is Confirmed and Predicts the Extinction Risk of Extant Birds. PLoS ONE 4: e5460. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005460.
Thurman, C. F.*, and L. P. Shackleton*, and D. G. Haskell. 2008. Does Density of Dead Shells Predict Density of Living Anguispira cumberlandiana Lea 1840 (Gastropoda: Discidae)? American Midland Naturalist 159: 478-481.
Haskell, D. G. 2008. Bark and blood. Whole terrain. 15: 24-27
Harris, J. B. C.* and D. G. Haskell. 2008. Land Cover Sampling Biases Associated with Roadside Bird Surveys. Avian Conservation and Ecology - Écologie et conservation des oiseaux 2: e12.
Haskell D. G., J. P. Evans, N. W. Pelkey. 2006. Depauperate Avifauna in Plantations Compared to Forests and Exurban Areas. PLoS ONE 1(1): e63. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000063
Scheffers, B. R.*, J. B. C. Harris*, and D. G. Haskell. 2006. Avifauna associated with ephemeral ponds on the Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. Journal of Field Ornithology 77: 178-183
McGrath, D. A; J. P. Evans; C. K. Smith; D. G. Haskell; N. W. Pelkey; R. R. Gottfried; C. D. Brockett; M. D. Lane; & E. D. Williams. 2004. Mapping land-use change and monitoring the impacts of hardwood-to-pine conversion on the Southern Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. Earth Interactions 8: 1-24
Haskell, D. G., 2003. A case study in conservation biology: Songbirds in the Eastern United States. Pages 55-74 in Loss of Biodiversity, S. L. Spray and K. L. McGlothlin (eds), Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.
Haskell, D. G. 2002. Begging behavior and nest predation. Pages 163-172 in The Evolution of Nestling Begging: Competition, Cooperation and Communication, J. Wright and M. L. Leonard (eds.), Kluwer Academic Press.
Evans, J. P.; N. W. Pelkey; & D. G. Haskell. 2002. An Assessment of Forest Change on the Cumberland Plateau in Southern Tennessee. Small Area Assessment Forestry Demonstration Project for the Southern Forest Resource Assessment. Final Report to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. http://lal.sewanee.edu/research/assessment.html
Haskell, D. G.; A. M. Knupp*; & M. C. Schneider*. 2001. Nest predator abundance and urbanization. Pages 243-258 in Avian Ecology and Conservation in an Urbanizing World, J. M. Marzluff, R. Bowman, and R. Donnelly (eds.), Kluwer Academic Press.
Haskell, D. G., 2000. Effects of forest roads on the macroinvertebrate soil fauna of the Southern Appalachian mountains. Conservation Biology 14: 57-63
Haskell, D. G., 1999. The effect of predation on begging-call evolution in nestling wood warblers. Animal Behaviour 57: 893-901 [this paper is used as an example in the "Evolution of Communication" section of J. Alcock's Animal Behavior textbook]
Haskell, D. G. 1997. Learning and foraging: experiments and a model examining the area-restricted search behavior of ferrets Behavioral Ecology 8: 448-455
Haskell, D. G. 1996. Do the bright plumages of birds incur a cost due to nest predation? Evolutionary Ecology 10: 285-288
Haskell, D. G. 1995. Forest fragmentation and nest-predation: Are experiments with Japanese Quail eggs misleading? Auk 112: 767-770
Haskell, D. G. 1995. A reevaluation of the effects of forest fragmentation on rates of bird-nest predation. Conservation Biology 9: 1316-1318
Haskell, D. G. 1994. Experimental evidence that nestling begging behavior incurs a cost due to nest predation. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, series B: Biological Sciences 257: 161-164. [this paper is used as an example in the "Parents and their Offspring" section of F. Gill's Ornithology textbook]
Haskell, D. G. 1991. Mating Preferences. Nature 352: 26. [Scientific Commentary]