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Alan R. Townsend

"This is an extraordinary, powerful book full of science and suffering, spirit and love. It’s rare to encounter such a rich mix, and Alan Townsend’s steady voice makes it all work."

—David Quammen

"This is a wondrous book that reduced me to tears and brought me a fresh perspective on life, death, and the bittersweet consequences of impermanence. It also happens to be a page turner I couldn’t put down."

—Jon Krakauer

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Dr. Alan Townsend is a scientist, author and Dean of the Franke College of Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana. His writing has appeared in multiple national venues, including The Washington Post and Scientific American. Alan's book, THIS ORDINARY STARDUST, is now available for pre-order and will be released on June 4, 2024. Inquiries should be directed to Anna Sproul-Latimer at Neon Literary


Alan has served in leadership positions at university, national and international levels, including Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University,  Provost of Colorado College, Director of CU-Boulder’s Environmental Studies Program and its Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Director of the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation, and Co-Director of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program.  He is a highly cited author of more than 140 peer reviewed articles, and received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.  He is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, a Google Science Communication Fellow and was featured in the Let Science Speak documentary film series. 

contact alan            

W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation          

32 Campus Drive

Missoula, MT  59812

(406) 243-5521



Literary Agent

Anna Sproul-Latimer

Neon Literary


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