Nicolay Memorial Lecture

"The Triumph of Seeds" with Thor Hanson

Sunday, March 26
Doors open at Noon for plant sales from Far Reaches Farm
Lecture begins at 1pm
NPA members $5/Nonmembers $20
Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue 98005           

We live in a world of seeds. From our morning coffee to the cotton in our clothes, seeds support diets, economies, lifestyles and civilizations around the globe. Join award-winning author and biologist Thor Hanson for an exploration of both the natural and cultural history of seeds—why they are so dominant in nature and why we are so utterly dependent upon them. Drawing on his recent book, “The Triumph of Seeds,” Hanson’s presentation weaves science and culture to show how these common wonders shape our world and touch our lives every day. You’ll never look at a seed the same way again.

Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow and an independent conservation biologist. His research and conservation activities have taken him around the globe. He has studied Central American trees and songbirds, nest predation in Tanzania, and the grisly feeding habits of African vultures. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda, where he helped establish the mountain gorilla tourism program in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and he has also helped manage a brown bear tourism project for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska. He often works at the interface between natural and human systems, and is currently involved in a project assessing the ecological impacts of warfare.

A sought-after public speaker, Hanson also teaches field courses, reviews for academic journals, consults for conservation groups and government agencies. His many media appearances have included NPR's Fresh Air, PRI's Science Friday and  The World, The Current on CBC, and Book Lust with Nancy Pearl.

Hanson is the author of numerous books, and his articles and essays have appeared in dozens of popular and scientific publications, including Audubon, BBC Wildlife, Orion, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, Bioscience, Conservation Biology, Environmental Conservation, Molecular Ecology, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Neotropical Ornithology,The Journal of African Ecology, Biotropica, and The Huffington Post .

Accolades for his prior book “Feathers” included the John Burroughs Medal, the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and nominations for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Washington State Book Award.

His recent book, “The Triumph of Seeds,” won the Pacific Northwest Book Award and was a finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize.