Author sponsored by Western National Park
Bill Schutt is a biology professor at LIU Post and a research associate in residence at the American Museum of Natural History. His first book, "Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures," was selected as a Best Book of 2008 by Library Journal and Amazon and was chosen for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. Born in New York City and raised on Long Island by parents who encouraged his love for turning over stones and peering under logs, Schutt quickly grew a passion for the natural world, with its enormous wonders and its increasing vulnerability. He received his PhD in zoology from Cornell and has published over two dozen peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from terrestrial locomotion in vampire bats to the precarious, arboreal copulatory behavior of a marsupial mouse. Schutt currently serves on the board of directors of the North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR). His research has been featured in Natural History, The New York Times, Newsday, The Economist, and Discover magazine. His latest non-fiction work is "Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History" (Algonquin). Schutt's first novel, "Hell's Gate" (Wm. Morrow) with J.R. Finch was published to critical acclaim in 2016, and the sequel, "The Himalayan Codex," will be out in June 2017. Schutt lives on Long Island with his wife and son.