About the Author
Alan Hall is a journalist, author and teacher with a career that spans nearly four decades. He graduated from Cornell University with majors in Journalism and science writing in 1967. He moved to New York to pursue a career but had a weekend house (a run down farm) near Cornell. Because his father was a botanist and naturalist, he took to rural life and learned plant lore. He took a leave of absence and moved to the upstate NY farm and produced much of the manuscript there. Later, Hall became senior editor charge of science, environment and energy coverage at BusinessWeek. He also served as Executive Editor at Scientific American magazine. Today, he teaches online courses in journalism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Hall has received numerous journalism awards, including the AAAS/ Westinghouse Journalism Award, and is a recipient of the McGraw-Hill Corporate Achievement Award. His projects have both won and been finalists for the prestigious, National Magazine Award.