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Thor Hanson

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Overview

Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, Switzer Environmental Fellow, and winner of the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished nature writing. His books include THE TRIUMPH OF SEEDS, FEATHERS, and THE IMPENETRABLE FOREST.

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Description

Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and an award-winning author and biologist. His books include THE TRIUMPH OF SEEDS, THE IMPENETRABLE FOREST, and FEATHERS, which won the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing. It also received the AAAS/Subaru Prize and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, and was nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize.  Thor’s many media appearances have included NPR’s Fresh Air, PRI’s The World and Science Friday, and The Current on CBC.

Thor is a sought-after public speaker and a veteran of hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging from grade schools to universities to book clubs.  Examples include The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, The National Native Seeds Conference, Town Hall Seattle, Portland Audubon, The Tacoma Art Museum, The High Desert Museum, The Minnesota Raptor Centor, and the Sonoma Land Trust.

Topics

   

Thor Hanson's talks generally last from 40 to 60 minutes, but can be tailored to fit any length.  He uses Keynote or Powerpoint slides to accomapny his presentations, and can bring his own equipment if needed.  His most popular topics include:

 

THE TRIUMPH OF SEEDS

An exploration of the natural and cultural history of seeds - what makes them so dominant in nature, and why we are so utterly dependent upon them.  Learn how seeds surround us every day, impacting everything from food to fracking, and giving us everything from our morning coffee to chocolate, spices, pharmaceuticals, poisons, and the cotton in our clothes.

FEATHERS: THE EVOLUTION OF A NATURAL MIRACLE

This presentation tells the sweeping natural history of feathers - from their evolution in dinosaurs to their uses (by birds and people alike) for flight, insulation, waterproofing, writing, and diplay.

THE IMPENETRABLE FOREST: GORILLA YEARS IN UGANDA

The story of helping found the mountain gorilla tourism program in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a World Heritage Site.  An intimate glimpse into the world of mountain gorillas, and the human cultures that surround them. 

Locations

Friday Harbor, Washington

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