Daniel Lewis

DANIEL LEWIS is a writer, college professor, and environmental historian whose work focuses on the biological sciences and their intersections with extinction, policy, culture, history, politics, law, and literature.

Daniel is the Dibner Senior Curator for the History of Science and Technology at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in Southern California. He holds a Ph.D. in History from UC Riverside and has held post-doctoral fellowships at Oxford, the Smithsonian, the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, and elsewhere. Daniel also serves on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology, where he teaches environmental humanities courses, as well as at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Daniel’s latest book is Twelve Trees: The Deep Roots of our Future (Simon & Schuster, March 2024), and his previous books include Belonging on an Island: Birds, Extinction, and Evolution in Hawai’i (Yale, 2018) and The Feathery Tribe: Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds (Yale, 2012). As part of his engagement in ornithology, Daniel is currently serving a five-year term as a Bird Red List Authority member on the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In a strange turn, Daniel won an Emmy in 2020, for his work on the documentary, Women in Aerospace (KCET).

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