David Lukas grew up on the Oregon coast and began studying natural history at the age of five. Like other children, he had a roomful of aquariums and launched daylong collecting “expeditions” into neighborhood swamps and forests in search of everything squirmy, slimy, and scaly.
These studies continued during high school through associations with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Woodland Park Zoo. David started biology studies at Reed College, but left college several times to spend much of the following 10 years traveling around the world working on biological research projects. These travels took him to Borneo for a year as part of a Harvard research team, and to the Peruvian Amazon under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution.
While in Borneo, David decided to become a writer and later spent several years working with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder in the Sierra Nevada. After graduating with a degree in English from Reed College, David returned to the Sierra Nevada and devoted himself to writing and teaching about the natural world.
After teaching nature programs in Marin County for the past 4 years, David recently moved back to the Sierra Nevada and now lives on 10 acres just outside of Yosemite National Park.