Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and an independent conservation biologist based in the San Juan Islands. He teaches field courses, reviews for academic journals, consults for conservation groups and government agencies, and is a sought-after public speaker.
is recent book, THE TRIUMPH OF SEEDS won the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science and the Pacific Northwest Book Award. Accolades for his prior book FEATHERS included the John Burroughs Medal, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and the Washington State Book Award. Hanson is also the author of THE IMPENETRABLE FOREST and the illustrated children's favorite BARTHOLOMEW QUILL