David Gessner is the author of thirteen books that blend a love of nature, humor, memoir, and environmentalism, including the New York Times bestselling All the Wild That Remains, Return of the Osprey, Sick of Nature and Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American Wilderness. He has published essays in many magazines, including Outside Magazine and the New York Times Magazine, and has won the John Burroughs Award for best nature essay, a Pushcart Prize, inclusion in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Association for Study of Literature and the Environment’s award for best book of creative writing in 2011–2012. At UNCW Gessner founded the department’s award-winning literary journal, Ecotone. And in January 2016 he served as the host of the National Geographic Explorer television show, Call of the Wild, which explored how our constant use of screens is damaging our brains and how nature can be restorative. Find him online at davidgessner.net.