Snake sidewinding across desert sands

ACSF Faculty Fellow Harry Greene (EEB) is one of the world’s leading snake experts. His new book, Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art, is an autobiographical meditation on more than four decades of fieldwork 

Field Biology as Art

September 12, 2013

Snake sidewinding across desert sands

ACSF Faculty Fellow Harry Greene (EEB) is one of the world’s leading snake experts. His new book, Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art, is an autobiographical meditation on more than four decades of fieldwork and what Greene calls the “sheer poetry” of field biology. Both personal and poetic, the book tells gripping stories about snakes, field research, and teaching, while simultaneously describing how natural historians transform curiosity into science to save species from extinction.

Greene admits to a lifelong fascination with the violence of nature—particularly dangerous animals and the predator-prey relationship. “I’m trying to find out the truths of nature and myself, asking questions about life and death and why it matters,” Greene explains. “I’m doing what an artist does: perceiving reality, translating it into some expression, and thereby discovering value for myself and also for others.”

Read more about Greene’s new book.