Author and biologist Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and winner of The John Burroughs Medal. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Thor received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands, his master’s from the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist Program, and his doctorate in a joint program through the University of Idaho and the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza in Costa Rica. Inspired by the need for more science-based storytelling, Thor has written popular articles for newspapers and magazines ranging from Audubon and BBC Wildlife to The Los Angeles Times. He has also written three books: The Impenetrable Forest, The Triumph of Seeds, and Feathers, which was nominated for The Samuel Johnson Prize.
A former land steward for both SJPT and the San Juan County Land Bank, Thor has deep island roots and a strong commitment to local land conservation. Though his career has taken him around the globe, the San Juans have always remained firmly at the center of his orbit. Thor now lives on San Juan Island with his wife, Eliza, and their son, Noah.