New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

August 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Voices in the ocean : a journey into the wild and haunting world of dolphins

July 31, 2015
Casey, Susan, 1962-
New York : Doubleday, [2015]
302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
The meaning of water -- Babies in the universe -- Clappy, clappy! -- The friendlies -- Welcome to Taiji -- A sense of self -- High frequency -- The world's end -- Greetings from Hawaii : we're having a blast! -- Change of heart -- Thera.
"While swimming off the coast of Maui, Susan Casey was surrounded by a pod of spinner dolphins. It was a profoundly transporting experience, and it inspired her to embark on a two-year global adventure to explore the nature of these remarkable beings and their complex relationship to humanity. Casey examines the career of the controversial John Lilly, the pioneer of modern dolphin studies whose work eventually led him down some very strange paths. She visits a community in Hawaii whose adherents believe dolphins are the key to spiritual enlightenment, travels to Ireland, where a dolphin named as "the world's most loyal animal" has delighted tourists and locals for decades with his friendly antics, and consults with the world's leading marine researchers, whose sense of wonder inspired by the dolphins they study increases the more they discover. Yet there is a dark side to our relationship with dolphins. They are the stars of a global multibillion-dollar captivity industry, whose money has fueled a sinister and lucrative trade in which dolphins are captured violently, then shipped and kept in brutal conditions. Casey's investigation into this cruel underground takes her to the harrowing epicenter of the trade in the Solomon Islands, and to the Japanese town of Taiji, made famous by the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, where she chronicles the annual slaughter and sale of dolphins in its narrow bay. Casey ends her narrative on the island of Crete, where millennia-old frescoes and artwork document the great Minoan civilization, a culture which lived in harmony with dolphins, and whose example shows the way to a more enlightened coexistence with the natural world" -- provided by publisher.

Gods of the morning : a bird's eye view of a changing world

July 31, 2015
Lister-Kaye, John, 1946- author.
New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2015.
ix, 294 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published: Edinburgh : Canongate, ©2015.
Blackcap -- That time of year -- So great a cloud of witnesses -- And then there were rooks -- Prints in the snow -- A swan for Christmas -- The day the sun stands still -- The gods of high places -- A dog's life -- The memory of owls -- The long wait -- The sun's rough kiss -- Buzzard -- Comings and goings -- Nesting -- Summer night -- A day of spiders -- Gods of the morning -- Arthur and the treecreeper.

Bioluminescence : nature and science at work

July 31, 2015
Zimmer, Marc, author.
Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, [2016]
72 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

Tales of remarkable birds

July 29, 2015
Couzens, Dominic, author.
London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2015.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Europe. Northern wren : roost site available, not everyone need apply ; Great spotted cuckoo : a cuckoo, yes - but not as we know it ; Great grey shrike : catching on to a neat idea ; Common crossbill : a bird with leftist tendencies ; Eurasian oystercatcher : the oystercatcher's trade unions -- Africa. Sunbirds : hovering might be catching ; Ostriches : the benefits of sharing a nest ; Straw-tailed whydah and purple grenadier : the strange case of the avian stalker ; Boubous : it takes two ; Widowbirds : a tale of two tails -- Asia. Greater racket-tailed drogo : the life of a professional agitator ; Yellow-browed warbler : the wrong-way migrant ; Pheasant-tailed jacana : children of the lily-pads ; Arabian babbler : keeping its friends close ; Swifts and swiftlets : living in the dark -- Australasia. White-winged chough : our family group needs some extra help ; Fairywrens : what is the significance of the flower gift? ; Great bowerbird : stage managing a nuptial bower ; Southern cassowary : don't mess with this big bird ; Varied sittellas : the benefits of working together -- North America. White-throated sparrow : a tale of two sparrows ; Black-capped chickadee : memories of garden birds ; Cliff swallow : unnatural selection ; Harris's hawk : the hunter-gatherer ; Marbled murrelet : breeding in a different world -- South America. Andean cock-of-the-rock : working together with its friends ; Toucans : why a big bill pays ; Antbirds : following the ants ; Tanagers : The crown jewels ; Hummingbirds : when the humming stops -- Antarctica. Rockhopper penguins : the most unloved egg ; Albatrosses : masters of the oceans ; Emperor and Galapagos penguins : a tale of two penguins ; Sheathbills : the basement cleaners ; Wandering albatross : a slow dance to success -- Islands. Swallow-tailed gull : making the most of dark nights ; Megapodes : the patter of great, big feet ; New Caledonian crow : the world's cleverest bird? ; Blue bird-of-paradise : figs and fruits turn paradise upside down ; Extinctions : islands : lands of lost birds.
Throughout the bird world, examples of strange and seemingly inexplicable behaviours abound. For example: Why do Male Fairywrens bring flowers to females as a nuptial gift in the pre-dawn darkness? Especially when the gift-givers are not the official mates of the females concerned, but visitors, and furthermore they may give these gifts in full view of the official mate. Why do gangs of White-winged Choughs 'kidnap' their neighbours' fledglings and then keep them in their 'gang'. Which bird is so big, strong and fierce that stories abound of it killing humans? This book looks at accounts of murderous Cassowaries and explains just what might have happened. What happens in an albatross 'divorce'? This book divides the world by continent and takes a series of extraordinary stories from each to illustrate a great diversity of bird behaviour. Each continent will have around five or six stories, each described in 1500 to 2000 words and examining the truths and the mythology behind each example. An intriguiguing book from an author with an ability to engage with his audience.

Storytelling apes : primatology narratives past and future

July 29, 2015
Pollock, Mary Sanders, 1948- author.
University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2015]
x, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
First contacts -- The primatology romance -- Tragedy of the field -- Morphology of the tale -- Primate characters -- Primatology and the carnival world.
"A literary analysis of the popular genre of the informal primatology field narrative. Explores the works of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Robert Sapolsky, and others in the contexts of scientific, literary, and conservation discourses"--Provided by publisher.

Spirals in time : the secret life and curious afterlife of seashells

July 27, 2015
Scales, Helen, author.
London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Sigma, 2015.
304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Meet the shell-makers -- How to build a shell -- Sex, death, and gems -- Shell food -- A mollusc called home -- Spinning shell stories -- Flight of the Argonauts -- Hunting for treasures -- Bright ideas -- The sea butterfly effect -- A note on shell-collecting -- Glossary : a word in your shell-like.
Offers an examination of mollusks, their shells, and their role in human culture, as well as their susceptibility to the effects of humans on the environment.

Hidden natural histories. Trees : the secret properties of 150 species

July 24, 2015
Kingsbury, Noël, author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.

The Columbian exchange : biological and cultural consequences of 1492

July 20, 2015
Crosby, Alfred W.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, ©2003.
xxvii, 283 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The contrasts -- Conquistador y pestilencia -- Old World plants and animals in the New World -- The early history of syphilis : a reappraisal -- New World foods and Old World demography -- The Columbian exchange continues.
Thirty years ago, Alfred Crosby published a small work that stressed a simple point - that the most important changes brought on by the voyages of Columbus were not social or political, but biological in nature. This 30th anniversary edition includes a new preface from the author.

Butterflies of the world

July 16, 2015
Hoskins, Adrian, author.
©2015
312 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Heavily illustrated coverage of the origin, evolution, life cycle, anatomy and other facts about butterflies.

Bees : an up-close look at pollinators around the world

July 15, 2015
Droege, Sam, author.
©2015
160 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
"While we eat, work, and sleep, bees are busy around the world. More than 20,000 species are in constant motion! They pollinate plants of all types and keep our natural world intact. In Bees, you'll find a new way to appreciate these tiny wonders. Sam Droege and Laurence Packer present more than 100 of the most eye-catching bees from around the world as you've never seen them: up-close and with stunning detail. You'll stare into alien-like faces. You'll get lost in mesmerizing colors and patterns, patches and stripes of arresting yellow or blue. Whether you linger on your first close look at the Western Domesticated Honey Bee or excitedly flip straight to the rare Dinagapostemon sicheli, there's no doubt you'll be blown away by the beauty of bees."--provided from Amazon.com.

Beyond words : what animals think and feel

July 13, 2015
Safina, Carl, 1955- author.
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
xiii, 461 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"A John Macrae Book."
Into the mine field -- Trumpets of elephants. The big question ; The same basic plan ; Distinctly human? ; Deep and ancient circuits ; We are family ; Motherhood happens ; Do elephants love their babies? ; Elephant empathy ; Good grief ; I don't know how you say good-bye ; I say hello ; Holding back, letting go ; Troubled minds ; Ebony and ivory ; Where baby elephants come from -- Howls of wolves. Into the Pleistocene ; A perfect wolf ; Packing and unpacking ; The wolf named Six ; A shattering of promises ; In a time of truce ; Magnificent outcasts ; Where the wolf birds lead us ; Wolf music ; The hunter is a lonely heart ; A will to live ; Domestic servants ; Two ends of the same leash -- Whines and pet peeves. Never mind theory ; Sex, lies, and humiliated seabirds ; conceit and deceit ; Chuckles and wacky ideas ; Mirror, mirror ; And speaking of neurons ; People of an ancient nation -- Killer wails. Sea rex ; A more complex killer ; Just very sexual ; Inner visions ; Diverse minds ; Intelligent in what way? ; The social brain ; Woo-woo ; Helping in mind ; Do not disturb ; To have and to hold ; Expect personality ; A vision true and mighty -- Final scratch.
"Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. In Beyond Words, readers travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack's personal tragedy, and finally plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the crystalline waters of the Pacific Northwest. Beyond Words brings forth powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger, and love. The similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, and empathy calls us to re-evaluate how we interact with animals" -- provided by publisher.

Plankton : wonders of the drifting world

July 10, 2015
Sardet, Christian, author, translator.
©2015
222 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 33 cm
"Originally published in France as Plancton, aux origines du vivant. © 2013 Les Editions Eugen Ulmer, Paris"--Title page verso.
Plankton of the world. Villefranche-sur-Mer, France : a bay famous for its plankton ; Between Ecuador and Galapagos : Tara Oceans Expedition ; South Carolina, United States : salt marsh estuaries ; Izu Peninsula and Shimoda, Japan : autumn plankton -- Unicellular creatures : from the origins of life -- Ctenophores and cnidarians : ancestral forms -- Crustaceans and mollusks : champions of diversity -- Worms and tadpoles : arrows, tubes and nets.

Modern terrarium studio

July 9, 2015
George, Megan, author.
Cincinnati, OH : Fons & Porter, [2015]
128 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
"Design + build custom landscapes with succulents, air plants + more."
Presents 25 easy-to-make terrariums and living landscapes that push the boundaries of traditional terrarium design.

Of orcas and men : what killer whales can teach us

June 25, 2015
Neiwert, David A., 1956-
New York : The Overlook Press, 2015.
305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Close encounters -- The people under the sea -- The connected life -- The ancient ones -- The demon from hell -- The guardians -- Salmon, boats, and oil -- Freeing Willies -- Orcinus ethics -- Seeing wild orcas : a note.
A revelatory history of orcas evaluates them as one of the planet's most intelligent animals, challenging beliefs about their "killer" natures while citing the threats to their populations.

Fastest things on wings : rescuing hummingbirds in Hollywood

June 25, 2015
Masear, Teresa E., 1959- author.
©2015
xiii, 306 pages, [8] unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
A leading hummingbird-rehabilitation therapist describes her work with dozens of remarkable varieties, including one bird that collided with a limousine before learning how to fly again.

Midwest foraging : 115 wild and flavorful edibles from burdock to wild peach

June 22, 2015
Rose, Lisa M., author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2015.
318 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm

Follow your gut : the enormous impact of tiny microbes

June 16, 2015
Knight, Rob (Researcher), author.
New York : Ted Books, Simon & Schuster, 2015.
114 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
The body microbial ; How we get our microbiome ; In sickness and in health ; The gut-brain axis ; A brief history of bugs ; Hacking your microbiome ; Antibiotics ; The future ; The American gut ; The science (and art) of microbiome mapping.
You are made up of about 10 trillion human cells-- but there are about 100 trillion microbial cells in and on your copy. Knight and Buhler examine the links between our microbes and numerous diseases, and show how microbes are integrated into almost all aspects of our lives. Learn how microscopic life inside us influences our health, mood, and more.

The plant lover's guide to epimediums

June 16, 2015
Gregson, Sally.
Portland, OR : Timber Press, 2015.
238 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Why I love epimediums -- Designing with bishop's hats, barrenworts, and fairy wings -- 123 epimediums for the garden -- Growing and propagating -- People, places, and plants.

How plants work : the science behind the amazing things plants do

June 16, 2015
Chalker-Scott, Linda.
Portland, OR : Timber Press, 2015.
235 pages : color illustrations : 23 cm
Includes index.
Under the microscope -- The underground railroad -- What's essential -- Transforming sunlight into sugar -- Why leaves can turn red anytime, anyplace -- How plants tell time -- Night shifts and other unexpected movements -- Garden care, not control -- Finding love in a sedentary world.

Fish of Indiana field guide

June 12, 2015
Bosanko, Dave.
Cambridge, MN : Adventure Publications, c2009.
206 p. : col. ill. ; 15 cm.

The strange case of the rickety Cossack : and other cautionary tales from human evolution

June 11, 2015
Tattersall, Ian, author.
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
xii, 244 pages : illlustrations ; 25 cm
Lemurs and the delights of fieldwork -- Humankind's place in nature -- People get a fossil record -- Neanderthals and man-apes -- The synthesis and handy man -- Evolutionary refinements -- The Gilded Age -- Meanwhile, back at the museum ... -- Turkana, the Afar, and Dmanisi -- Molecules and midgets -- Neanderthals, DNA, and creativity -- Why does it matter how we evolved?
"In his new book human paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall argues that a long tradition of "human exceptionalism" in paleoanthropology has distorted the picture of human evolution. Drawing partly on his own career-- from young scientist in awe of his elders to crotchety elder statesman-- Tattersall offers an idiosyncratic look at the competitive world of paleoanthropology, beginning with Charles Darwin 150 years ago, and continuing through the Leakey dynasty in Africa, and concluding with the latest astonishing findings in the Caucasus. With tact and humor, Tattersall concludes that we are not the perfected products of natural processes, but instead the result of substantial doses of random happenstance"-- Provided by publisher.

Fish of Ohio : field guide

June 8, 2015
Bosanko, Dave.
Cambridge, MN : Adventure Publications, c2008.
192 p. : col. ill. ; 16 cm.
Profiles seventy-five fish species common in Ohio, arranged by family, presenting color illustrations; covering their other names, habitats, ranges, food, reproduction, and average sizes; and providing illustrated tips for differentiating each fish from its similar species.

The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness

June 4, 2015
Montgomery, Sy, author.
New York, NY : Atria Books, 2015.
261 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Athena : encountering the mind of a mollusk -- Octavia : this shouldn't be happening : tasting, pain, seeing dreams -- Kali : the fellowship of the fishes -- Eggs : beginning, ending, and shape-shifting -- Transformation : the art of breathing in the ocean -- Exit : freedom, desire, and escape -- Karma : choice, destiny, and love -- Consciousness : to think, to feel, to know.
"In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus--a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature--and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. Sy Montgomery's popular 2011 Orion magazine piece, "Deep Intellect," about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters. Octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways: endless trickery to escape enclosures and get food; jetting water playfully to bounce objects like balls; and evading caretakers by using a scoop net as a trampoline and running around the floor on eight arms. But with a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and a tongue covered with teeth, how can such a being know anything? And what sort of thoughts could it think? The intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees was only recently accepted by scientists, who now are establishing the intelligence of the octopus, watching them solve problems and deciphering the meaning of their color-changing camouflage techniques. Montgomery chronicles this growing appreciation of the octopus, but also tells a love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds." -- Publisher's description.

Jonas Salk : a life

June 2, 2015
Jacobs, Charlotte, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
x, 559 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"When a waiting world learned on April 12, 1955, that Jonas Salk had successfully created a vaccine to prevent poliomyelitis, he became a hero overnight. Born in a New York tenement, humble in manner, Salk had all the makings of a twentieth-century icon-a knight in a white coat. In the wake of his achievement, he received a staggering number of awards and honors; for years his name ranked with Gandhi and Churchill on lists of the most revered people. And yet the one group whose adulation he craved--the scientific community--remained ominously silent. "The worst tragedy that could have befallen me was my success," Salk later said. "I knew right away that I was through-cast out." In the first complete biography of Jonas Salk, Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs unravels Salk's story to reveal an unconventional scientist and a misunderstood and vulnerable man. Despite his incredible success in developing the polio vaccine, Salk was ostracized by his fellow scientists, who accused him of failing to give proper credit to other researchers and scorned his taste for media attention. Even before success catapulted him into the limelight, Salk was an inscrutable man disliked by many of his peers. Driven by an intense desire to aid mankind, he was initially oblivious and eventually resigned to the personal cost--as well as the costs suffered by his family and friends. And yet Salk remained, in the eyes of the public, an adored hero. Based on hundreds of personal interviews and unprecedented access to Salk's sealed archives, Jacobs' biography offers the most complete picture of this complicated figure. Salk's story has never been fully told; until now, his role in preventing polio has overshadowed his part in co-developing the first influenza vaccine, his effort to meld the sciences and humanities in the magnificent Salk Institute, and his pioneering work on AIDS. A vivid and intimate portrait, this will become the standard work on the remarkable life of Jonas Salk"-- Provided by publisher.

Haeckel's embryos : images, evolution, and fraud

May 28, 2015
Hopwood, Nick, author.
©2015
vii, 388 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Icons of knowledge -- Two small embryos in spirits of wine -- Like flies on the parlor ceiling -- Drawing and Darwinism -- Illustrating the magic word -- Professors and progress -- Visual strategies -- Schematics, forgery, and the so-called educated -- Imperial grids -- Setting standards -- Forbidden fruit -- Creative copying -- Trials and tributes -- Scandal for the people -- A hundred Haeckels -- The textbook illustration -- Iconoclasm -- The shock of the copy.

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