Quammen to give Ebola lecture on March 26

Award-winning science writer and Bozeman resident David Quammen will speak on “Ebola and Beyond: Scary Viruses in a Globalized World” on Thursday, March 26. The lecture will be held in the newly completed SUB Ballroom A.

Last fall Quammen published the book “Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus” after the increase in severity of the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak in Western Africa. The Center for Disease Control reports the death toll for this outbreak to be over 10,000, and that number continues to grow.

To write this most recent book, Quammen drew from his 2012 book “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic.” Additionally, since November 2014, Quammen made two trips to Western Africa for National Geographic story on the search for the Ebola reservoir host — the organism in which the virus replicates when it’s not infecting humans. At his MSU lecture Quammen will be discussing those trips and this unsolved mystery.

As a science writer, Quammen has written many other books, including “The Reluctant Mr. Darwin” and “Song of the Dodo.” He is a contributing writer for National Geographic and wrote a column for 15 years at Outside Magazine.