John Seibert  Farnsworth

John Seibert Farnsworth

Known for his wit and his unique perspectives on the natural world, John Seibert Farnsworth left academics to become a nature writer after 21 years in the classroom. Having studied literary natural history en route to earning his PhD, he now studies nature itself, and his approach is to write from nature rather than merely writing about it. Since being granted emeritus states from Santa Clara University in 2018, Farnsworth has authored two books, both published under the Comstock imprint of Cornell University Press. The first, Coves of Departure, narrates a decade of teaching, researching and exploring in the wilds of Baja, Mexico. His new book, Nature Beyond Solitude, provides a behind-the-scenes look at five west-coast field stations where long-term ecological studies are underway.