Eric Simons is a 2008 graduate of the environmental and science writing program at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His work has been published in such places as the "LA Times" and "Sierra" magazine. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, a programmer and communications designer.
"Eric Simons has given us a bracingly fresh portrait of the young Darwin, the man long ago lost behind the great white beard. Here is Darwin as only another young naturalist could find him, and to see the world through those avid eyes, groping for the theory that would explain all he has so brilliantly observed, is nothing less than exhilarating." Michael Pollen, author of "The Botany of Desire" and "The Omnivore's Dilemma"; "Vivid and exotic, Eric Simons' tale invites comparisons to Chatwin as he leads readers among guanacos and ostriches, assassin bugs and armadillos, through rough seas, swift currents and ascending jungles. This is a book full of zest and discovery with the deeper mission of appreciating one of humankind's great breakthroughs in the understanding of our past." Lou Ureneck, author of "Backcast"; "Too often we forget that major accomplishments often stem from youthful abandon. Twenty-something Charles Darwin had a rippin' good time mingling with South America's gauchos and iguanas. Discovering this inspired young Eric Simons to retrace the great naturalist's rambling tracks. The result is this wildly entertaining reminder that science and exploration can be a blast." Bob Sipchen, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and the author of "Baby Insane and the Buddha"