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Thor Hanson
Thor Hanson
Author and Biologist
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Talk soon,
Sam

Greetings!

On my mind

My work boils down to one word: curiosity. I am fascinated by the fundamental question mark that drives science, and how stories of biological discovery can help us all reconnect with the natural world.

Why I'm excited to talk with readers

They say that writing is like having a conversation with your readers. But unless you actually talk to your readers, it's a pretty one-sided conversation!

All the very best,

Thor

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Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid

The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change

In Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid, biologist Thor Hanson tells the remarkable story of how plants and animals are responding to climate change: adjusting, evolving, and sometimes dying out. Anole lizards have grown larger toe pads, to grip more tightly in frequent hurricanes. Warm waters cause the development of Humboldt squid to alter so dramatically that fishermen mistake them for different species. Brown pelicans move north, and long-spined sea urchins south, to find cooler homes. And when coral reefs sicken, they leave no territory worth fighting for, so aggressive butterfly fish transform instantly into pacifists.

“Hanson is an affable guide and storyteller, with a knack for analogy, a sense of humor and the natural curiosity of a scientist.”

Jonathan Balcombe, The New York Times

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Buzz

The Nature and Necessity of Bees

Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, the beloved Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.

"Vividly zinging...[Hanson] zips and waggles through fascinating journeys to meet fellow bee obsessives, reminding us that...we have brought trouble upon ourselves: 40 percent of the bee species are in decline threatened with extinction."

New York Times Book Review

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