Sharon Astyk is a writer, teacher and small farmer whose work focuses on energy, environmental and agricultural concerns. Her MA and doctoral work on the demographic, ecological and economic effects of the Black Death on Renaissance populations, but she abandoned academia to focus on the demographic, ecological and economic affects of our collective energy and environmental crisis. She is the author of three books on peak oil, climate change, food and the process of adaptation to our new realities. She and her family also run Gleanings Farm, a small upstate NY farm that sells pastured poultry, dairy goats, medicinal herb products and herb and vegetable plants. She is an energy and environmental blogger for Scienceblogs, a high-traffic all-science blogging website.