2015 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


507.107

Honey, Margaret, Greg Pearson, and Heidi Schweingruber (Editors)

Committee on Integrated STEM Education; National Academy of Engineering; National Research Council of the National Academies

STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research

180 pp., 6" x 9", $47.00 paper, CIP included

March 2014

The National Academies Press

We all know that we need to promote the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-STEM education-in our schools. What's the best way to do that? Do STEM education programs currently place equal emphasis on each of the components of STEM? STEM Integration in K-12 Education examines current efforts to connect the STEM disciplines in K-12 education. This book looks at existing approaches to integrated STEM education and reviews the evidence for the impact of integrated approaches on various student outcomes. STEM Integration is a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners, and others to identify, discuss, and investigate specific integrated STEM initiatives within the K-12 education system of the United States.

LC 2014931444, ISBN 9780309297967 (p.), ISBN 9780309297974 (e.)

AASL: G/P

RUSA/CODES: S


508.092

Musil, Robert K.

Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America's Environment

328 pp., 6" x 9", 13 photographs, $26.95 cloth, $26.95 ebook, CIP included

April 2014

Rutgers University Press

In Rachel Carson and Her Sisters, Robert K. Musil redefines the achievements and legacy of environmental pioneer and scientist Rachel Carson, linking her work to a wide network of American women activists and writers and introducing her to a new, contemporary audience. On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters helps underscore Carson's enduring environmental legacy and brings to life the achievements of women writers and advocates who influenced and were influenced by her and Silent Spring.

LC 2013021944, ISBN 9780813562421 (c.), ISBN 9780813571768 (e.)

AASL: G/P

RUSA/CODES: O


508.092

Russell, Sharman Apt

Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World

224 pp., 6" x 9", $18.95 paper, CIP included

October 2014

Oregon State University Press

In the exploding world of citizen science, hundreds of thousands of volunteers are monitoring climate change, tracking bird migration, and excavating mastodons. The sheer number of citizen scientists, combined with new technology, has begun to shape how research is conducted. Diary of a Citizen Scientist is a timely exploration of this phenomenon, told through the lens of nature writer Sharman Apt Russell's yearlong study of a little-known species, the Western red-bellied tiger beetle. In a voice both humorous and lyrical, she creates a portrait not only of the tiger beetle she tracks, but of the mindset behind self-driven scientific inquiry.

LC 2014023892, ISBN 9780870717529 (p.)

AASL: RS/P

RUSA/CODES: O


508.78

Constantz, George

Ice, Fire, and Nutcrackers: A Rocky Mountain Ecology

408 pp., 6" x 9", $24.95 paper, $20.00 ebook, CIP included

October 2014

University of Utah Press

Why do quaking aspens grow in prominent clumps rather than randomly scattered across the landscape? Why and how does a rufous hummingbird drop its metabolism to one-hundredth of its normal rate? Why do bull elk grow those enormous antlers? Using his experience as a biologist and ecologist, George Constantz illuminates these and other remarkable slices of mountain life in plain and engaging language. His provocative accounts of birds, insects, rodents, predators, trees, and flowers are sure to stir the reader's curiosity....The narratives, often brought home with a counterintuitive twist, invite readers to make new connections and broaden perspectives of a spectacular outdoor place.

LC 2014014484, ISBN 9781607813620 (p.), ISBN 9781607813637 (e.)

AASL: RS/P

RUSA/CODES: RS

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550-599 Earth and Life Science, Plants, Animals


550

Allan, Larry

Florida Animals for Everyday Naturalists

200 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 172 color photographs, $19.95 paper, $12.99 ebook, CIP included

October 2014

Seaside Publishing, an imprint of University Press of Florida

Florida Animals for Everyday Naturalists contains everything you want to know about Florida's furry, feathered, scaled, and shelled friends. With lively personal essays and stunning photographs, Larry Allan introduces you to the array of wildlife you might encounter in your backyard, at the park, or on a jaunt at one of the state's many wildlife refuges. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific animal, like the bobcat, the river otter, and the caracara, and paired with vivid photos to help you identify these creatures in the wild.

LC 2014937654, ISBN 9780942084467 (p.), ISBN 9780942084481 (e.)

AASL: RG/HS

RUSA/CODES: RG


550

McAllister, Ian

Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest

192 pp., 10 1/2" x 11", 120 color illustrations, $50.00 cloth

November 2014

University of Washington Press

The Great Bear Rainforest is the fabled region that stretches up the rugged Pacific coast from the top of Vancouver Island to southern Alaska. A longtime resident of the area, award-winning photographer and conservationist Ian McAllister takes us on a deeply personal journey from the headwaters of the Great Bear Rainforest's unexplored river valleys down to where the ocean meets the rainforest and finally to the hidden depths of the offshore world. Rich with full-color photographs of the wolves, whales, and other creatures who make the rainforest their home, Great Bear Wild is a stunning celebration of this legendary area.

ISBN 9780295994635 (c.)

AASL: G, R/MS, HS

RUSA/CODES: O, RS


557.68

Byerly, Don W.

The Last Billion Years: A Geologic History of Tennessee

256 pp., 6" x 9", $29.95 paper, CIP included

December 2013

University of Tennessee Press

The Last Billion Years: A Geologic History of Tennessee is the first general overview in more than thirty years to interpret the state's geological record. With minimal jargon, numerous illustrations and photographs, and a glossary of scientific terms, this volume provides the tools necessary for readers with little or no background in the subject to learn about the geologic formation of Tennessee, making it an excellent resource for high school students, college students, and interested general readers. Yet, because of the depth of its scholarship, the book is also an invaluable reference for professional geologists.

LC 2013001461, ISBN 9781572339743 (p.)

AASL: RG/HS

RUSA/CODES: RG


557.97

Bishop, Ellen Morris

Living with Thunder: Exploring the Geologic Past, Present, and Future of the Pacific Northwest

160 pp., 10" x 7", full-color photographs, maps, $24.95 paper, CIP included

November 2014

Oregon State University Press

Intended as an introduction for the general reader and geological non-specialist, Living with Thunder enlivens Northwest geological history by combining engaging science writing with the author's stunning color photographs. In addition, color maps and time charts help guide the reader. The book presents evidence of changing ecosystems and ancient life, as well as the Northwest's exceptional record of past climate changes and the implications for our future. Bishop also examines the confluence between scientific findings and Native American documentation of several major geologic events; the title of her book harks to the Klamath Indian recounting of Mount Mazama's cataclysmic eruption.

LC 2014019337, ISBN 9780870717482 (p.)

AASL: RG/HS, P

RUSA/CODES: RG


567.9

Pickrell, John

Flying Dinosaurs: How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds

240 pp., 6 1/4" x 9 1/4", 26 color illustrations, $29.95 cloth, $28.99 ebook, CIP included

September 2014

Columbia University Press

Mixing colorful portraits with news on the latest fossil findings and interviews with leading paleontologists in the United States, China, Europe, and Australia, John Pickrell explains and details dinosaurs' development of flight. This special capacity introduced a whole new range of abilities for the animals and helped them survive a mass extinction, when thousands of other dinosaur species did not. Pickrell also turns his journalistic eye toward the stories behind the latest discoveries, investigating the role of the Chinese black market in trading fossils, the controversies among various dinosaur hunters, the interference of national governments intent on protecting scientific information, and the race to publish findings first.

LC 2014938400, ISBN 9780231171786 (c.), ISBN 9780231538787 (e.)

AASL: G/HS, P


569.9

Renfrew, Colin and Paul Bahn (Editors)

The Cambridge World Prehistory

(3 Volume HB Set)

2049 pp., 9" x 11", 659 b&w illustrations, 190 maps, 14 tables, $675.00 cloth, $540.00 ebook, CIP included

June 2014

Cambridge University Press

The Cambridge World Prehistory provides a systematic and authoritative examination of the prehistory of every region around the world from the early days of human origins in Africa two million years ago to the beginnings of written history, which in some areas started only two centuries ago. The volumes include both traditional topics and cutting-edge approaches, such as archaeolinguistics, and examine the essential questions of human development around the world. The volumes are organized geographically, exploring the evolution of hominins and their expansion from Africa, as well as the formation of states and development in each region of different technologies.

LC 2012008268, ISBN 9780521119931 (c.), ISBN 9781139017831 (e.)

AASL: G/HS

RUSA/CODES: O


577.440

Johnsgard, Paul A.

Seasons of the Tallgrass Prairie: A Nebraska Year

184 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $19.95 paper, $19.95 ebook, CIP included

December 2014

Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press

A respected author and scholar, Paul A. Johnsgard has spent a lifetime observing the natural delights of Nebraska's woodlands, grasslands, and wetlands. Seasons of the Tallgrass Prairie collects his musings on Nebraska's natural history and the issues of conservation facing our future. "A simply wonderful read from beginning to end."—Midwest Book Review

LC 2014017095, ISBN 9780803253377 (p.), ISBN 9780803256972 (e.)

AASL: RG/HS

RUSA/CODES: RG


577.640

Miller, Michael A., Katie Songer, and Ron Dolen

Field Guide to Wisconsin Streams: Plants, Fishes, Invertebrates, Amphibians, and Reptiles

336 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 735 color illustrations, 467 drawings, 357 maps, $29.95 paper, CIP included

June 2014

The University of Wisconsin Press

This unique and much-needed field guide covers stream ecosystem plants and animals, useful for Wisconsin and neighboring states and provinces. A collaborative effort by dozens of biologists and ecologists, Field Guide to Wisconsin Streams is accessible to anglers, teachers and students, amateur naturalists, and experienced scientists alike.

LC 2013017555, ISBN 9780299294540 (p.)

AASL: RG/HS, P

RUSA/CODES: RG


581

Giesecke, Annette

The Mythology of Plants: Botanical Lore from Ancient Greece and Rome

144 pp., 6 1/2" x 8 1/2", 1 b&w and 53 color illustrations, 1 map, $25.00 cloth, CIP included

April 2014

Getty Publications

This engaging book focuses on the perennially fascinating topic of plants in Greek and Roman myth. The author, an authority on the gardens, art, and literature of the classical world, introduces the book's main themes with a discussion of gods and heroes in ancient Greek and Roman gardens.

LC 2013036033, ISBN 9781606063217 (c.)

RUSA/CODES: G


582.160

Nelson, Gil, Christopher J. Earle, and Richard Spellenberg

(Edited by Amy K. Hughes)

Trees of Eastern North America

720 pp., 6" x 8", 285 color illustrations, 488 maps, $65.00 cloth, $29.95 paper, $29.95 ebook, CIP included

August 2014

Princeton University Press

Covering 825 species, more than any comparable field guide, Trees of Eastern North America is the most comprehensive, best illustrated, and easiest-to-use book of its kind. "The book features thousands of meticulous color paintings by David More and easy-to-read descriptions present details of size, shape, growth habit, bark, leaves, flowers, fruit, habitat, and range. With an unmatched combination of breadth and depth, these are essential guides for every tree lover."—Better Homes and Gardens. "Highly recommended for botany reference shelves!"—Midwest Book Review

LC 2013945913, ISBN 9780691145907 (c.), ISBN 9780691145914 (p.), ISBN 9781400852994 (e.)

AASL: G/HS, P


591.68

Fuller, Errol

Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record

240 pp., 8" x 10", 53 color illustrations, 95 halftones, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

January 2014

Princeton University Press

"[A] sad and moving collection of passenger pigeons, heath hens, Tasmanian tigers and other vanished animals....[A] blurry glimpse is still a worthy glimpse when it comes to seeing a number of species in their last moments."—New York Times, The 6th Floor. "[A] natural history page-turner....Fuller's knowledgeable, compassionate, and occasionally humorous narrative carries the day....It takes a steady guide to lead readers through such territory, and Fuller proves up to the task."—American Scientist

LC 2013946564, ISBN 9780691161372 (c.)

AASL: G/MS, HS


591.77

Palumbi, Stephen R. and Anthony R. Palumbi

The Extreme Life of the Sea

240 pp., 6" x 9", 16 color illustrations, 28 halftones, 5 line illustrations, $27.95 cloth, $27.95 ebook, CIP included

March 2014

Princeton University Press

"The Palumbis encourage a childlike curiosity by showing us the amazing diversity of life down below, and perhaps our inner children will pester our grownup selves into doing what needs to be done to keep these habitats intact."—Publishers Weekly. "The book reads like an action-adventure novel....The text demystifies, mystifies, and amazes."—ForeWord Reviews. "This gem of a book...finds enough weirdness in the ocean to feed creativity for generations to come....The Palumbis' writing is a wonderful mix of meticulous science and creative panache."—Nature

LC 2013038174, ISBN 9780691149561 (c.), ISBN 9781400849932 (e.)

AASL: G/HS


595.76

Bouchard, Patrice (Editor)

The Book of Beetles: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems

656 pp., 7 1/8" x 10 1/2", 2400 color plates, $55.00 cloth, $33.00 ebook, CIP included

December 2014

The University of Chicago Press

The Book of Beetles celebrates the diversity of these marvelous insects. Hundreds of significant beetle species are covered, with each entry featuring maps, basic biology, and a short history. Full-color photos show the beetles both at their actual size and enlarged to show details. Based in the most up-to-date science and accessibly written, this book will appeal to budding coleopterists everywhere. "Profiles 600 of the most stunning, most wonderfully adapted beetles around. Each is photographed at its actual size, then in a magnified version....The result is a work that is nothing short of magnificent."—Wired

LC 2014010716, ISBN 9780226082752 (c.), ISBN 9780226082899 (e.)

AASL: O/MS, HS

RUSA/CODES: O


595.799

Williams, Paul H., et al.

Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide

208 pp., 6" x 9", 150 color illustrations, $24.95 paper, $24.95 ebook, CIP included

April 2014

Princeton University Press

The best guide yet to the 46 recognized bumble bee species in North America north of Mexico. "As bee populations plummet and environmental concerns continue to make the news, there is widespread interest in bees. This attractively priced guide helps users identify the 46 species found north of Mexico and offers insight into their ecology and habitats....This guide will be useful in public and academic libraries where there is an interest in bees or the environment."—Booklist. "An attractive, worthwhile purchase."—Library Journal

LC 2013945435, ISBN 9780691152226 (p.), ISBN 9781400851188 (e.)

AASL: G/HS, P


597.66

Howell, Steve N. G.

The Amazing World of Flyingfish

64 pp., 8" x 6", 94 color photographs, $12.95 cloth, $12.95 ebook, CIP included

August 2014

Princeton University Press

"Ornithologist Steve Howell's engrossing natural history is embellished with 90 superb color photographs of the ornate goldwing and other beauties among these "ocean butterflies.'"—Nature. "A mesmerizing natural history."—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It features more than 90 stunning color photos by renowned naturalist Steve Howell, as well as a concise and accessible text that explores the natural history of flyingfish, where they can be found, how and why they fly, what colors they are, what they eat and what eats them, and more.

LC 2013039955, ISBN 9780691160115 (c.), ISBN 9781400853007 (e.)

AASL: G/EM, MS


597.928

Nichols, Wallace J., Brad Nahill, and Melissa Gaskill

A Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles

240 pp., 5 3/4" x 8 1/2", 31 color photographs, 9 maps, index, $25.00 paper, $25.00 ebook, CIP included

July 2014

Texas A&M University Press

Sea turtle populations around the world are endangered, and in recent years tourism has been a critical element in worldwide efforts to save them. More travelers seek meaningful experiences that bring them close to nature and wildlife, and opportunities to interact with and help sea turtles now exist at locations around the globe, from remote beaches to urban labs.

LC 2013040986, ISBN 9781623491611 (p.), ISBN 9781623491741 (e.)

AASL: G/P

RUSA/CODES: O


598.47

Roy, Tui De, Mark Jones, and Julie Cornthwaite

Penguins: The Ultimate Guide

240 pp., 9" x 12", 400 color photographs, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

July 2014

Princeton University Press

"Of the many books on perennially popular penguins, this is far and away the best, by any standard....An outstanding gem. Most highly recommended for all interested, whether the lay public or scientists, in natural history and Antarctic and sub-Antarctic places."—Library Journal starred review. "The three primary authors are noted wildlife photographers, and their expertise shines in beautiful pictures, many of them at close range, culled from 15 years of penguin encounters....This is a fascinating guide that is suitable for most libraries."—Booklist

LC 2013956959, ISBN 9780691162997 (c.)

AASL: O/HS


599.097

Best, Troy L. and Julian L. Dusi

Mammals of Alabama

520 pp., 6" x 9", 304 illustrations-chiefly color, $34.95 paper, $34.95 ebook, CIP included

April 2014

The University of Alabama Press

Beautifully designed and sturdily bound for rugged field use, Mammals of Alabama is the first and only exhaustive guidebook to Alabama's diverse and fascinating mammalian fauna....Ideal for backyards, hikes, libraries, and classrooms, Mammals of Alabama includes hundreds of professional, close-up color specimen photographs of both living animals in their natural habitats and skull plates, making identification of animals easy. Published in cooperation with the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

LC 2013018028, ISBN 9780817357498 (p.), ISBN 9780817386801 (e.)

AASL: RG/HS, P

RUSA/CODES: RG


599.367

Manno, Theodore G.

The Utah Prairie Dog: Life among the Red Rocks

240 pp., 7" x 10", 189 b&w and 13 color photographs, 2 line drawings, 1 map, $24.95 paper, CIP included

October 2014

University of Utah Press

A prairie dog town is a busy place. As author and field researcher Theodore Manno explains, a prairie dog's life can be full of mischief, romantic trysts, antipredator behavior, fighting, kissing, and infanticide that can all be witnessed over the course of a few months. In this definitive book on Utah prairie dogs, he vividly recounts the daily ups and downs of prairie dog life as well as his own trials and triumphs while observing these rare rodents in Bryce Canyon National Park.

LC 2014014483, ISBN 9781607813668 (p.)

AASL: RG/HS, P

RUSA/CODES: RG


599.543

McLeish, Todd

Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World

216 pp., 6" x 9", 12 illustrations, $26.95 cloth, $19.95 paper, $26.95 ebook, CIP included

October 2014

University of Washington Press

Among all the large whales on Earth, the most unusual and least studied is the narwhal, the northernmost whale and the one most threatened by global warming. McLeish consults logbooks and interviews folklorists and historians to tease out the relationship between the narwhal and the mythical unicorn. In Colorado, he visits climatologists studying the seasonal cycles of the Arctic ice. From a history of the trade in narwhal tusks to descriptions of narwhals' vocalizations as heard through hydrophones, Narwhals reveals the beauty and thrill of the narwhal and its habitat, and the threat it faces from a rapidly changing world.

LC 2012037685, ISBN 9780295992648 (c.), ISBN 9780295994161 (p.), ISBN 9780295804699 (e.)

AASL: G/HS

RUSA/CODES: G


599.665

Day, H. Alan with Lynn Wiese Sneyd

The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs

264 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 17 photographs, $24.95 cloth, $24.95 ebook, CIP included

March 2014

Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press

An enthralling memoir of the rural West that reveals Day's love of the wild Mustang, innovative ranching philosophy, and thoughts about the follies of federal bureaucracy. "It is impossible to see a herd of wild horses running free without feeling a surge of excitement and enthusiasm for their vigor, power, and beauty. To watch them run with their manes and tails flying in the wind is to experience a sense of the ultimate freedom of motion."—From the foreword by Sandra Day O'Connor, former U.S. Supreme Court justice

LC 2013035591, ISBN 9780803253353 (c.), ISBN 9780803254992 (e.)

AASL: G/HS, P

RUSA/CODES: G


599.885

Merrick, Nancy J.

Among Chimpanzees: Field Notes from the Race to Save Our Endangered Relatives

288 pp., 6" x 9", $27.95 cloth, $18.00 paper, $27.95 ebook, CIP included

June 2014

Beacon Press

Veteran chimp researcher Nancy Merrick takes us from the early days of primate research, when wild chimpanzees were abundant and the world was spellbound by emerging details of their behavior, to today's critical conservation efforts. Along the way, Merrick demonstrates that the best hope for chimps and other Great Apes lies in connecting conservation to humanitarian efforts, ensuring a healthy future for animals and humans alike. Featuring fresh stories of the remarkable chimps and the inspirational work of today's leading conservationists, Among Chimpanzees will stir readers to care about the fate of our chimps—and to get involved in chimp conservation.

LC 2013045229, ISBN 9780807084908 (c.), ISBN 9780807080740 (p.), ISBN 9780807084915 (e.)

AASL: G/HS

RUSA/CODES: G


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