In the latest episode of the UC Press Podcast, Chris Gondek talks to Harry Greene about his new book, Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art, which has been called “an immediate classic” by Jim Harrison. Greene’s warmth and enthusiasm for his subject are apparent in this discussion, which ranges from his early years as a funeral home worker and ambulance driver, to his transformation from a poor student into a successful scientist and teacher, to the public perception of snakes in the 1960s. Greene shares some thrilling encounters with giant snakes in the wild, and makes a compelling case for herpetology as a gateway for advances in other fields.
Listen to the podcast now:
- Read a review of Tracks and Shadows in the Times of Higher Education
- View Greene’s previous book, Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature, a New York Times Notable Book
- Enter to win a copy of Tracks and Shadows at Goodreads