Harry Greene graduated from Texas Wesleyan in 1968, served three years as an army medic, then earned a M.A. from University of Texas at Arlington and Ph.D. from University of Tennessee. He was professor and curator in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, for two decades before moving to Cornell in 1999. He has taught vertebrate natural history, herpetology, introductory biology, evolution and biodiversity, and field ecology, while studying predator evolution, ecology, and conservation. Harry’s honors include Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award; the Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award; elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and California Academy of Sciences; president of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists; and Cornell’s top teaching award, a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship. In 2014, Business Insider named him one of Cornell’s “Top Ten Professors” and he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His Snakes: the Evolution of Mystery in Nature, won a PEN Literary Award, garnered a two-page spread in Time magazine, and made the New York Times’ annual list of 100 Most Notable Books. His eccentric meditation on natural history, Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art was published in the fall of 2013.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- Rewilding Our Lives
From Minding Nature’s September 2012, Volume 5, Number 2 issue.
- As Far as We Can Go, as Far as We Want to Go…
A response to “How far should we go to bring back lost species?”
- Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art
This book by Harry Greene is both a memoir and story of natural history.