About This Blog
My name is Richard Conniff and my current book is The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth (W.W. Norton). My main interest at the moment is the colorful story of how species get discovered. Otherwise, I write about behavior, in humans and other animals, on two, four, six, and eight legs, plus the occasional slither. Often, the behaviors I come across in my reporting don’t fit whatever I happen to be writing at the moment. (I’m a writer of books, magazine articles, television scripts, and radio commentaries. See my bio note below.) Sometimes they’re just too weird to fit anywhere. But I love them anyway, for their own sake. So I will post them here, to give readers a chance to enjoy news and opinion from the behavioral world.
Richard Conniff’s new book is The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth (W.W. Norton) about the discovery of species. He won a National Magazine Award in 1997 and a 2009 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. He was a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow. His articles have appeared in Time, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and other publications. He is a frequent commentator on NPR’s Marketplace, and has written and presented television shows for the National Geographic Channel, TBS, and the BBC, among others. Conniff is the author of seven books, including Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals (Norton, 2009), The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide (Norton, 2002) and Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales of the Invertebrate World (Holt, 1996).