2010 University Press Books

 

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500-599 Pure Science


500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry

550-599 Earth and Life Science, Plants, Animals        
   

500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry


501

Mitchell, Melanie

Complexity: A Guided Tour

368 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 60 illus., $29.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2009

Oxford University Press

Melanie Mitchell provides an intimate, detailed tour of the sciences of complexity, a broad set of efforts that seek to explain how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior can emerge from simple interactions among myriad individuals. Comprehending such systems requires a wholly new approach, one that goes beyond traditional scientific reductionism and that re-maps long-standing disciplinary boundaries. Based on her work at the Santa Fe Institute and drawing on its interdisciplinary strategies, Mitchell brings clarity to the workings of complexity across a broad range of biological, technological, and social phenomena, seeking out the general principles or laws that apply to all of them. She explores as well the relationship between complexity and evolution, artificial intelligence, computation, genetics, information processing, and many other fields.

LC 2008023794, ISBN 9780195124415 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


507.1

Bell, Philip, et al.

Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits

352 pp., 7” x 10”, $44.96 cloth

May 2009

The National Academies Press

Learning Science in Informal Environments draws together disparate literatures, synthesizes the state of knowledge, and articulates a common framework for the next generation of research on learning science in informal environments across a life span. Contributors include recognized experts in a range of disciplines. They also have experience in a range of settings—museums, after-school programs, science and technology centers, media enterprises, aquariums, zoos, state parks, and botanical gardens. Learning Science in Informal Environments is an invaluable guide for program and exhibit designers, evaluators, staff of science-rich informal learning institutions and community-based organizations, scientists interested in educational outreach, federal science agency education staff, and K-12 science educators.

LC 2009007899, ISBN 9780309119559 (c.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: NR


508

Macdonald, David W.

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Mammals

976 pp., 8” x 10”, 1,529 color illustrations. 163 line illustrations. 172 color maps., $45.00 paper

April 2009

Princeton University Press

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Mammals is a rare treasure that combines spectacular photographs and authoritative, easily accessible text describing the world’s mammals, from aardvarks to zebras and everything in between. Drawing on experts from around the world, this compilation covers an amazing diversity of subjects, including anatomy, behavior, conservation, diseases, ecology, and much more. This encyclopedia will serve scholars, students, and anyone interested in the natural history of mammals.”—Don E. Wilson, National Museum of Natural History. The most comprehensive and accessible reference book on mammals available—a must-have for naturalists and a delight for general readers.

LC 2008936148, ISBN 9780691140698 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


508

Perrins, Christopher (Editor)

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds

656 pp., 8” x 10”, 1,186 color illustrations. 140 line illustrations. 182 color maps., $35.00 paper

April 2009

Princeton University Press

“A treasure. The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds captures the full display of the birds of the world with wonderful illustrations and engaging prose. From the lavish birds-of-paradise to the stately seriemas, Christopher Perrins and his distinguished colleagues distill their expertise into a powerful work.”—Frank B. Gill, author of Ornithology. This is a comprehensive and lavishly illustrated reference to the world’s birds. Accessibly written by renowned biologists and conservationists, and illustrated in color throughout, the book provides authoritative and systematic accounts of every bird family. This is an essential guide for amateur bird enthusiasts and professional ornithologists alike.

LC 2208936147, ISBN 9780691140704 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


508

Daubert, Stephen

The Shark and the Jellyfish: More Stories in Natural History

200 pp., 7” x 10”, 20 b&w photos, index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

Vanderbilt University Press

In this sequel to the acclaimed Threads from the Web of Life, Stephen Daubert presents twenty-six new stories that pull the reader into the mystery and immediacy of ecological processes ranging from the microscopic to the tectonic. Many show surprising intersections of creatures from different realms or the hidden interplay of evolving organisms. These gripping stories contain a level of intimacy and detail not usually encountered in other styles of natural history writing.

LC 2008029024, ISBN 9780826516299 (c.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


508

Bass, Karen (Editor)

Nature’s Great Events: The Most Amazing Natural Events on the Planet

320 pp., 9 1/2” x 11”, illustrated throughout, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2009

The University of Chicago Press

Nature’s Great Events is the lavishly illustrated counterpart to the Discovery Channel’s landmark wildlife documentary, Nature’s Most Amazing Events. Using groundbreaking filming techniques and state-of-the-art scientific technologies, the book and the documentary on which it is based are epic in every sense, charting six seasonal events that transform entire ecosystems and the life experiences of the thousands of animals within them, from the largest mammals to the smallest microorganisms. Through photographs, essays, historical images, and maps, this volume examines the wildlife that remains in America’s Great Plains.

LC 2008035464, ISBN 9780226471549 (c.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


508.315

Underhill, Linda

The Way of the Woods: Journeys Through American Forests

160 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $18.95 paper, CIP included

April 2009

Oregon State University Press

Part memoir, part travelogue, and part meditation, The Way of the Woods examines some of our nation’s most amazing forests and looks at how they contribute to the health of the planet. Underhill’s lyrical narratives explore the importance of preserving old growth and wildlife habitat, the significance of urban forests, the role of fire in forests, and the ways that forests inspire us with a sense of the sacred. “Underhill’s writing is clear, crisp literary journalism, moving with an understated grace as she covers specific types of forests, from rainforests to urban woodlands to the threatened hemlocks of Appalachia.” —Utne Reader

LC 2008055807, ISBN 9780870715686 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: O


510.947

Graham, Loren and Jean-Michel Kantor

Naming Infinity: A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity

256 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/4”, 34 halftones, 3 line illustrations, index included, $25.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

In 1913, Russian imperial marines stormed an Orthodox monastery at Mt. Athos, Greece to haul off monks engaged in a dangerously heretical practice known as Name Worshipping. The authors take us on an exciting mathematical mystery tour as they unravel a bizarre tale of political struggles, psychological crises, and ethical dilemmas. The men and women of the leading French and Russian mathematical schools are central characters in this absorbing tale that could not be told until now. This is a poignant human interest story that raises provocative questions about science and religion, intuition and creativity.

LC 2008041334, ISBN 9780674032934 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


520

Murdin, Paul

Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos

342 pp., 10 5/8” x 8 3/8” , 400 color plates, $49.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2009

The University of Chicago Press

Renowned astronomer Paul Murdin here provides an ambitious and exciting overview of astronomy. Lavishly illustrated with more than 400 color images, the book outlines in seventy episodes what humankind has learned about the cosmos—and what scientists around the world are poised to learn in the coming decades. Arranged by types of discovery, it also provides an overarching narrative throughout that explains how the earliest ideas of the cosmos evolved into the cutting-edge astronomy we know today. Along the way, Murdin never forgets that science is a human endeavor, and that every discovery was the result of inspiration, hard work, or luck—usually all three.

LC 2009016382, ISBN 9780226551432 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: O


522.197

Isbell, Douglas and Stephen E. Strom

Observatories of the Southwest: A Guide for Curious Skywatchers

172 pp., 6” x 9”, 44 b&w photographs, $21.95 paper, CIP included

October 2009

The University of Arizona Press

A handy guidebook written with impressive style by two highly qualified astronomy authorities, covering: Palomar Observatory in North San Diego County, California; Kitt Peak National Observatory, near Tucson, Arizona; Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona; Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Amado, Arizona; National Radio Observatory Very Large Array in Socorro, New Mexico; The Observatories of Sacramento Peak in Sunspot, New Mexico; McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, Texas; Mount Graham International Observatory in Safford, Arizona. Includes interviews with astronomers, explanations of important research projects at each observatory, examinations of the technology that makes discoveries possible, and photographs to complement the place and material.

LC 2009024799, ISBN 9780816526413 (p.)

AASL: RG

PLA: RS


523.510

Whyte, Anthony J.

The Meteorites of Alberta

316 pp., 9” x 6”, index, b&w photos, $34.95 paper, CIP included

July 2009

The University of Alberta Press

Not every rock is of an earthly nature. Meteorites are our windows to other worlds, affording us rare glimpses of our own solar system when it was young. In The Meteorites of Alberta, Anthony J. Whyte offers a fresh perspective on the scientific research as well as the local, human history behind sixteen major meteorite falls and finds in Alberta. These detailed accounts of otherworldly rocks will fascinate amateur rockhounds and meteoriticists alike.

LC 2010286059, ISBN 9780888644756 (p.)

AASL: RG, RG

PLA: S

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550-599 Earth and Life Science, Plants, Animals


551.210

Scarth, Alwyn

Vesuvius: A Biography

352 pp., 6” x 9”, 101 halftones, 9 tables, $29.95 cloth

October 2009

Princeton University Press

“Alwyn Scarth traces the violent history of Mount Vesuvius—from its destruction of Pompeii in A.D. 79 to its most recent eruption in 1944. What might the future hold for this, the most dangerous volcano in all of Europe? Scarth discusses the warning signs of an eruption and considers current contingency plans for the 600,000 people who live in the 236-square-kilometer area around the summit of this ferocious force of nature.”—Scientific American

LC 2009925151, ISBN 9780691143903 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


551.46

Rose, Paul and Anne Laking (Foreword by Philippe Cousteau)

Oceans: Exploring the Hidden Depths of the Underwater World

240 pp., 8 1/2” x 10 3/4”, 162 color illustrations, 4 maps, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2009

University of California Press

“Paints a compelling picture in its 240 pages of stories, stunning photography, color illustrations and maps.”—Austin American-Statesman. “Abundant beautiful photographs and extensive, well-written text.”—Library Journal. “Full of exciting stories of wildlife, shipwrecks, and the wonder and beauty of the undersea realm.”—Booklist. The oceans are the single most important feature of our planet. They shape our climate, our culture, and our future. Yet their depths have remained a mysterious and unchartered expanse. This book draws on the most exciting stories from the fields of subaquatic archaeology, geology, marine biology, and anthropology to reveal an astonishing landscape of forgotten shipwrecks, submerged volcanoes, and hidden caves.

LC 2008046835, ISBN 9780520260283 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


551.5

Williams, Jack

The AMS Weather Book: The Ultimate Guide to America’s Weather

368 pp., 8 1/2” x 10 7/8”, 140 color plates, 70 halftones, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

May 2009

The University of Chicago Press

The AMS Weather Book is the ultimate resource for anyone who wants to understand how hurricanes form, why tornados twirl, or even why the sky is cerulean blue. The AMS Weather Book, covers everything from daily weather patterns, air pollution, and global warming to the stories of people coping with severe weather and those who devote their lives to understanding the atmosphere, oceans, and climate. This book is filled with engaging full-color graphics that explain such concepts as why winds blow in a particular direction, how Doppler weather radar works, what happens inside hurricanes, how clouds create wind and snow, and what’s really affecting the earth’s climate.

LC 2008035916, ISBN 9780226898988 (c.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


551.6

Mathez, Edmond A.

Climate Change: The Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future

344 pp., 7” x 10”, 82 illustrations, index, appendix, $55.00 cloth, CIP included

April 2009

Columbia University Press

Climate Change is geared toward a variety of students and general readers who seek the real science behind global warming. Exquisitely illustrated, the text introduces the basic science underlying the natural progress of climate change and the effect of human activity on the deteriorating health of our planet. Mathez synthesizes the work of leading scholars in climatology and related fields, and he concludes with an extensive chapter on energy production, anchoring this volume in economic and technological realities and suggesting ways to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. In a special feature, Jason E. Smerdon, associate research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, provides an innovative appendix for students

LC 2008034132, ISBN 9780231146425 (c.)

AASL: G


551.697

Oliver, John E.

Indiana’s Weather and Climate

192 pp., 7” x 10”, 93 color photos, $29.95 paper, CIP included

September 2009

Indiana University Press

Ever wonder why the daily weather report is so erratic? Why the seasons seem to come too early or start too late? Whether there really is such a thing as global warming? This fascinating and informative book answers these questions, revealing the story behind Indiana’s wacky weather. “John Oliver has produced a record of distinguished scholarship during his career and there is tremendous need and value in this particular book for Hoosiers.”—John Harrington, Jr., Kansas State University

LC 2008034834, ISBN 9780253220561 (p.)

AASL: RS

PLA: RS


553.6

Welland, Michael

Sand: The Never-Ending Story

357 pp., 6” x 8”, 14 color illustrations, 36 b/w photos, 12 line illustrations, $24.95 cloth, $17.95 paper, CIP included

January 2009

University of California Press

“[An] unexpectedly enrapturing tour of the many-faceted world of sand....Welland’s eye-opening, even poetic story of sand, science writing as entertaining as it is profound, reveals the interconnectivity of life on Earth and beyond.”—Booklist. “Anyone who has walked on a beach, run up a sand dune, or built a sand castle will be fascinated.”—Library Journal. “There are worlds to see in a grain of sand, and a world of fascinating information in this book.”—Science News. “An exploration of the ubiquitous granules in all their glory, encompassing billions of years of history, science, art, and culture.”—Bookforum

LC 2008009084, ISBN 9780520254374 (c.), ISBN 9780520265974 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


553.8

Grande, Lance and Allison Augustyn

Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural Beauty of the Mineral World

352 pp., 8 1/2” x 10”, 290 color plates, 7 line drawings, 5 tables, $45.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2009

The University of Chicago Press

This book provides a general introduction to gems and natural gemstones. Gems and Gemstones features nearly 300 color images of the cut gems, precious and semiprecious stones, gem-quality mineral specimens, and fine jewelry to be unveiled in a new Grainger Hall of Gems at The Field Museum in Chicago this October. The book and exhibition’s theme will be the relationship between finished gems and their natural origin: while beautiful as faceted and polished pieces of jewelry, gems are often just as lovely—or even more so—as gemstones in their natural state. This book also includes fun-filled facts and anecdotes that broaden the historical portrait of each specimen.

LC 2009015681, ISBN 9780226305110 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


567.9

Sampson, Scott D.

Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life

351 pp., 7” x 10”, 13 color illustrations, 5 b&w photos, 59 line illustrations, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2009

University of California Press

“Sampson brings eloquence to the grand pageant of evolution and voices concern about how we must take care of our own world....This book draws scientifically accurate pictures in a style that is accessible to researchers and general readers alike.”—Library Journal. “An engaging story of the history of Earth....And that’s where this book excels—making the dinosaurs and their world come alive while at the same time making the reader understand that the same processes that shaped the dinosaurs and their ecology also shapes ours today.”—Paleoblog. “One of the most comprehensive surveys of dinosaurs and their worlds to date....Highly recommended for all dinosaur fans.”—Publishers Weekly

LC 2009006150, ISBN 9780520241633 (c.)

AASL: R

PLA: G


576.8

Ruse, Michael and Joseph Travis (Editors)

Evolution: The First Four Billion Years

1008 pp., 6 3/8” x 10”, 145 figures, index included, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

January 2009

The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

Spanning evolutionary science from its inception to its latest findings, from discoveries and data to philosophy and history, this book is the most complete, authoritative, and inviting one-volume introduction to evolutionary biology available.

LC 2008030270, ISBN 9780674031753 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: O


576.8

Young, Matt and Paul K. Strode (Foreword by Kevin Padian)

Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails)

264 pp., 6” x 9”, 18 b&w illustrations, index, $72.00 cloth, $21.95 paper, CIP included

May 2009

Rutgers University Press

Focusing on what other books omit, how science works and how pseudoscience works, Matt Young and Paul K. Strode demonstrate the futility of “scientific” creationism. They debunk the notion of intelligent design and other arguments that show evolution could not have produced life in its present form. Concluding with a frank discussion of science and religion, Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails) argues that science by no means excludes religion, though it ought to cast doubt on certain religious claims that are contrary to known scientific fact.

LC 2008040062, ISBN 9780813545493 (c.), ISBN 9780813545509 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


576.82

Darwin, Charles (Introduction and notes by James T. Costa)

The Annotated Origin: A Facsimile of the First Edition of On the Origin of Species

576 pp., 8 1/8” x 8 1/8”, 1 line illustration, index included, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

April 2009

The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

Darwin’s On The Origin of the Species is one of the most important and yet least read scientific works in the history of science. The Annotated Origin is a facsimile of the first edition of 1859, and is accompanied by Costa’s marginal annotations, drawing on his extensive experience with Darwin’s ideas in the field, lab, and classroom. This edition makes available an accessible and practical resource for anyone reading the Origin for the first time or for those who want to reread it with the insights and perspective that a working biologist can provide.

LC 2008043895, ISBN 9780674032811 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


577

Levin, Simon A. (Editor)

The Princeton Guide to Ecology

848 pp., 8” x 10”, 25 color illustrations. 14 halftones. 185 line illustrations. 22 tables, $95.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

Princeton University Press

“A long-needed sourcebook to the science so pertinent to the future, providing rich and eminently readable entries on all aspects of ecology—so valuable that it is hard to imagine how anyone managed without it.”—Thomas E. Lovejoy, President, The Heinz Center. The Princeton Guide to Ecology is a concise, authoritative one-volume reference to the field’s major subjects and key concepts. The book contains more than ninety clear, accurate, and up-to-date articles on the most important topics within seven major areas: autecology, population ecology, communities and ecosystems, landscapes and the biosphere, conservation biology, ecosystem services, and biosphere management.

LC 2008049649, ISBN 9780691128399 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


591.9

Bambaradeniya, Channa, et al.

The Illustrated Atlas of Wildlife

288 pp., 10 3/4” x 13 1/4”, 840 color illustrations, 160 color maps, 175 tables, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2009

University of California Press

“With ample maps and photos, this is a book that can be browsed endlessly.”—The Washington Post Book World. “Lets you hold a collection of 800 stunning images and a wealth of easily digestible facts in your hands” —Boston Globe Book Section. “Showcasing in scientific detail bizarre, beautiful, and highly specialized wildlife for each location.” —Wildlife Conservation Magazine. This is the essential wildlife reference, providing a visual survey of animals and their habitats across the globe. Divided into eight geographic areas and organized by continent and habitat type, it showcases the bizarre, beautiful, and highly specialized wildlife of each location.

LC 2008040625, ISBN 9780520257856 (c.)

AASL: O

PLA: G, O


595.7

Waldbauer, Gilbert

Fireflies, Honey, and Silk

244 pp., 6” x 8”, 21 line drawings, $25.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

University of California Press

The beauty of butterflies, the cheerful chirp of crickets, the ink our ancestors wrote with, the beeswax in candles, the honey on toast, and the silk we wear. This enchanting book is a highly entertaining exploration of the myriad ways insects have enriched our lives—culturally, economically, and aesthetically. “An unexpected delight. The series of stories...flows with ease as his obvious love for, and obsession with, all things insect cascades from the page....Reading this book is like sitting at the feet of a favourite uncle on a winter evening beside a crackling fire.”—New Scientist

LC 2008047713, ISBN 9780520258839 (c.)

AASL: O

PLA: S


598.097

Sterry, Paul, and Brian E. Small

Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide

336 pp., 5 1/2” x 8”, 1,118 color photos, 405 maps, $45.00 cloth, $18.95 paper, CIP included

November 2009

Princeton University Press

“Brian Small and co-author Paul Sterry have taken the photo-based field guide to a new level. Their new books are beautifully designed and well written. Photos are tack-sharp, and tightly cropped, giving close-up views of each bird.”—Birder’s World. “The large, excellent photos, combined with the overall design, make this probably the most attractive general field guide I’ve seen....This is the first field guide that I would recommend.”—Birder’s Library. “Birders will love the portability, excellent photography, habitat, and conservation information.”—Library Journal

LC 2009001494, ISBN 9780691134253 (c.), ISBN 9780691134260 (p.)

AASL: R

PLA: G


598.097

Sterry, Paul, and Brian E. Small

Birds of Western North America: A Photographic Guide

416 pp., 5 1/2” x 8”, 1,341 color photos, 449 maps, $45.00 cloth, $18.95 paper, CIP included

November 2009

Princeton University Press

Combining informative and accessible text, up-to-date maps, and—above all—stunning color photographs, this is the best and most lavishly illustrated photographic guide to the birds of eastern North America. Features include: the best, most lavishly illustrated photographic guide to the region’s birds, larger color photos than most other field guides, fresh contemporary design—clear, easy-to-use, and attractive, informative, accessible, and authoritative text, range maps from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, covers entire eastern half of mainland North America and the arctic and subarctic territorial islands of the U.S. and Canada.

LC 2009001416, ISBN 9780691134277 (c.), ISBN 9780691134284 (p.)

AASL: R

PLA: G


598.8

Grussing, Don

The Seasons of the Robin

158 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

University of Texas Press

In the tradition of classic animal biographies such as Ernest Thompson Seton’s Wild Animals I Have Known and Fred Bodsworth’s Last of the Curlews, this fictional, yet factually based, story reveals the dramas of survival that we hardly notice in the life of one of America’s most beloved birds.

LC 2009024826, ISBN 9780292721203 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


599.097

MacDonald, S.O. and Joseph A. Cook

Recent Mammals of Alaska

399 pp., 7” x 10”, maps and b&w illustrations, $55.00 cloth, CIP included

May 2009

University of Alaska Press

This catalog is the first comprehensive overview of Alaska’s 115 species of mammals. Combining extensive fieldwork with reviews of existing materials and specimens in natural history museums state and federal agencies, and rural communities, the authors have produced a unique reference source. Entries for each species include summaries of new distribution and taxonomic information, status, habitat affinities, and fossil history. The text is illustrated with maps showing the species’ population and locations of the specimen record. Appendices include quick reference listings of mammal distribution by region, where specimen collections are located, conservation status, and the occurrence of Pleistocene mammals.

LC 2008045199, ISBN 9781602230477 (c.)

AASL: RG

PLA: G


599.097

Kays, Roland W. and Don E. Wilson

Mammals of North America: Second Edition

248 pp., 5” x 8”, 112 color illustrations, 102 line illustrations, 460 maps, $45.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

December 2009

Princeton University Press

The best-selling field guide that “sets new standards” (New Scientist) and “makes all other field guides for mammals of the United States...and Canada obsolete” (Journal of Mammalogy) is now even better. Covering 20 species recognized since 2002 and including 13 new color plates, this fully revised edition of Mammals of North America illustrates all 462 known mammal species in the United States and Canada—each in beautiful color and accurate detail. With a more up-to-date species list than any other guide, improved facing-page descriptions, and easier-to-read distribution maps, this is the must-have source for identifying North American mammals.

LC 2009001417, ISBN 9780691142784 (c.), ISBN 9780691140926 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


599.4

Schmidt-French, Barbara A. and Carol A. Butler

Do Bats Drink Blood?: Fascinating Answers to Questions about Bats

176 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 25 photographs, 15 color photographs, $21.95 paper, CIP included

August 2009

Rutgers University Press

Highly beneficial animals, bats are critical to global ecological, economic, and public health. Do Bats Drink Blood? illuminates the role bats play in the ecosystem, their complex social behavior, and how they glide through the night sky using their acute hearing-echolocation skills that have helped in the development of navigational aids for the blind. Personal in voice with the perspective of a skilled bat researcher, this book includes rare color and black and white photographs and explores wide ranging topics as well as common questions people have about bats, providing a trove of fascinating facts.

LC 2008048065, ISBN 9780813545882 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


599.643

Punke, Michael

Land Stand: George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West

304 pp., 6” x 9”, 41 images, 2 maps, $18.95 paper, CIP included

September 2009

University of Nebraska Press

Last Stand is the biography of nineteenth-century conservationist George Bird Grinnell and his campaign to save the buffalo from extinction. “Michael Punke’s meticulously researched Last Stand chronicles the transformation of the Great Plains from untouched wilderness in the mid-19th century to a land, less than 30 years later, where the future of wildlife hung in the balance.”—Audubon. “Punke presents an interesting array of conflicts, western expansion, wildlife conservation, eastern politicians, railroad lobbyists, power of the press, and concerned citizen participation....A well-documented history of Grinnell’s environmental activities and the quick near-extermination of bison.”—Choice

LC 2009018530, ISBN 9780803226807 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


599.67

Ammann, Karl (Photography) and Dale Peterson (Text)

Elephant Reflections

286 pp., 10” x 10 1/2”, 131 color and 2 b&w photos, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2009

University of California Press

“A revelatory collection of photos and text on elephants....Peterson’s awe and affection for the creatures is contagious.”—Publishers Weekly. “A stunning book, combining Peterson’s lucid, compelling writing with Ammann’s magnificent photographs. It is the best ever book about that most majestic of animals.” —Jane Goodall, Founder of The Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. “This gorgeous book....will convince you that the elephant is one of nature’s greatest and most original works.”—Scientific American. “Revelatory text...Photographs (that) move from purely aesthetic to informative, depicting animals that are at once enigmatic, individual and iconic.”—Wildlife Conservation Magazine

LC 2008042391, ISBN 9780520253773 (c.)

AASL: G, O

PLA: G, NR, G


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