How Living Things Have Adapted to Changes in Climate | Thor Hanson

How Living Things Have Adapted to Changes in Climate | Thor Hanson

Thor Hanson is back on our podcast to talk about how various living things have adapted or are impacted by changes in climate. We look at it from a mechanistic way while exploring various narratives in nature and the environment.


Thor Hanson is an author, Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and an independent conservation biologist. He received his bachelor’s from the University of Redland, master’s from the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist Program, and doctorate through the University of Idaho. He consults various conservation groups and government agencies while he has also co-hosted PBS Nature series American Spring Live and has been a guest on many programs from NPR’s Fresh Air to On Point, Science Friday, The World, The Splendid Table, and Book Lust with Nancy Pearl. He is the author of the books Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid, Buzz, The Triumph of Seeds, Feathers, and The Impenetrable Forest, as well as children’s illustrated favorite, Bartholomew Quill. He has won many awards and distinctions such as John Burroughs Medal, Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, three Pacific Northwest Book Awards, and more. His articles have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Times of London, Los Angeles Times, The American Scholar, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post.



1:19 4 big news and announcements from Ketogeek

15:50 Thor Hanson bio

17:52 Thor's back story

20:21 What made you so passionate about conservation biology

22:20 How do you distinguish from a normal or workday?

25:05 What is "Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squids"?

27:41 How did you get into writing the new book?

33.36 What is an example of how a species has adapted to climate change?

37:44 What is a species that can't adapt easily to climate change?

41:20 Is there new life where animals have moved away?

42:52 Do trees migrate too?

45:21 What can people do at home to notice changes in climate?

48:43 Given a billion dollars, where would you travel?

52:49 The paradoxical observation of bears choosing berries over salmon for food

57:28 The importance of pollination for human survival

1:01:10 The concern with Asian Giant Hornet wiping out bee population in the United States

1:05:03 When should humans intervene and when to let nature take its course?

1:09:04 The curious case of "Hurricane Lizards" and rapid evolution

1:14:41 Message to the community

1:17:54 Final Plugs