Recent essays and collaborations:
Eleven ways of smelling a tree. Emergence Magazine. Includes narrated audio with original violin compositions by Katherine Lehman.
The aromas of trees: five practices. Emergence Magazine.
The voices of birds and the language of belonging. Emergence Magazine. Includes audio essay with bird song.
The Atomic Tree. VR experience based on the last chapter of The Songs of Trees.
Time travel with trees. The New York Times Sunday Review
The seasons are not what they used to be. The New York Times
Listening to the thoughts of the forest. Undark
Concurrent-Dyscurrent. CD/digital tracks of 4-minute field recording compositions (also on all streaming services).
The Songs of Trees:
Winner of the 2020 Iris Book Award
Winner of the 2018 John Burroughs Medal
Best Science Books of 2017, NPR Science Friday
Favorite Science Books of 2017, Brain Pickings
The 10 Best Environment, Climate Science and Conservation Books of 2017, Forbes.com
“A work of scientific depth and lyricism” The Guardian
“has the diverse busyness of a thriving woodland. It is hard to think of a recent scientifically-inflected book on nature that is as fluent, compelling, and intoxicatingly rich.” The Times Literary Supplement.
“Haskell proves himself to be the rare kind of scientist Rachel Carson was when long ago she pioneered a new cultural aesthetic of poetic prose about science…a resplendent read in its entirety” Maria Popova in Brain Pickings
Interviews in Outside Magazine and Yale Environment 360.
Listen to a compilation of sounds from the trees or visit with them through photos and sound.
The Forest Unseen:
Winner of 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies
Finalist for 2013 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction
Runner-up for 2013 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
Winner of the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award
Winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature
Dapeng Nature Writing Award (in translation). Shenzhen, China. 2016.
“He thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet, and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist.” James Gorman, The New York Times
“…a new genre of nature writing, located between science and poetry.” Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University