Nancy is the author of several books about science and history, and describes herself as a “nature nut.” Her newest book—Do Plants Know Math?—is coauthored with a physicist, a biologist, and a mathematician. After graduating from Amherst College in one of the first classes to admit women, she was a journalism fellow at Yale Law School. As a longtime member of Sunderland’s Conservation Commission, she helped improve boat access to the Connecticut River and create the town’s beautiful river pathway. She and her husband, who have two grown sons, live in an old farmhouse powered by solar panels, next to Mt. Sugarloaf. When she’s not writing, she can often be found in her “origami kayak,” gazing at plant spirals, or hiking a Kestrel trail through the woods.