Alan L. Contreras is a writer and education consultant living in Oregon. A fourth-generation Oregonian born in Tillamook County, he is a graduate of the University of Oregon and its law school. He writes primarily about natural history and higher education. Author of five books from Oregon State University Press, he has published on a variety of topics. He also operates Oregon Review Special Editions, a small press that focuses on historical material related to the Northwest and specialty reprints.