Environmental Outlook: "The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature" by David Haskell

 - (Photo courtesy David Haskell)

(Photo courtesy David Haskell)

Environmental Outlook: "The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature" by David Haskell

Biologist David Haskell spent an entire year observing the same section of Tennessee forest. He writes about how the experience gave him insights into many of the biggest questions in science.

Forests cover more than 30 percent of the world’s land surface. They are home to a variety of living organisms, but much of what happens in the woods is a mystery to humans. Inspired by the mandalas of Tibetan monks, biologist David Haskell set out to better understand forest ecology: he visited the same spot in the Tennessee forest every day for a year. His days were spent quietly listening and observing. What he found was a thriving biological world of plants, animals and insects, all bound together by a shared ecosystem. On this month’s Environmental Outlook: “The Forest Unseen.”

Guests

David Haskell

professor of biology at The University of the South.

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Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from "The Forest Unseen" by David George Haskell. Copyright © 2012 by David George Haskell.

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