New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

June 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.
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.
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.

Life's engines : how microbes made Earth habitable

May 21, 2015
Falkowski, Paul G., author.
Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2015]
x, 205 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The missing microbes -- Meet the microbes -- The world before time -- Life's little engines -- Supercharging the engines -- Protecting the core genes -- Cell mates -- Supersizing wonderland -- The fragile species -- The tinkerers -- Microbes on Mars and butterflies on Venus?

Birding by impression : a different approach to knowing and identifying birds

May 19, 2015
Karlson, Kevin, author.
xiii, 286 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.

Daffodils in American gardens, 1733-1940

May 12, 2015
Van Beck, Sara L., author.
Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, [2015]
xiv, 341 pages ; 27 cm
A brief history of daffodils in Britain and the Netherlands -- Daffodils in early America, 1733 to 1820 -- Daffodils in America, 1820 to 1860 -- Rise of American daffodils, 1860 to 1940 -- Daffodils in cemeteries -- Daffodils in historic gardens.

The house of owls

May 7, 2015
Angell, Tony, author.
New Haven [Connecticut] : Yale University Press, [2015]
xviii, 203 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The house of owls -- About owls -- Owls and human culture -- Owls in company with people -- Owls of unique habitat -- Owls of remote and wild places.

The narrow edge : a tiny bird, an ancient crab, & an epic journey

May 5, 2015
Cramer, Deborah, author.
viii, 293 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Beginnings -- The "uttermost part of the earth" : Tierra del Fuego -- When is the beginning of the end? -- The urban bird and the resort : Río Gallegos and Las Grutas -- Bay of plenty : Delaware Bay -- Tenacity -- Blue bloods -- Counting -- Lowcountry : South Carolina and other tidelands -- Ghost trail : the Laguna Madre and the central flyway -- Does losing one more bird matter? -- The longest day : the Arctic -- Returning south : James Bay, the Mingan Islands, and the Guianas -- Heading home.

A buzz in the meadow : the natural history of a French farm

May 1, 2015
Goulson, Dave, author.
xiii, 266 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.

Into the nest : intimate views of the courting, parenting, and family lives of familiar birds

April 29, 2015
Erickson, Laura, 1951-
North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., 2015.
207 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 22 x 25 cm
Includes index.

Feral cities : adventures with animals in the urban jungle

April 20, 2015
Donovan, Tristan.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2015]
243 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

Elephant don : the politics of a pachyderm posse

April 14, 2015
O'Connell, Caitlin, 1965- author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Kissing of the ring -- Journey to Mushara -- The head that wears the crown -- Introduction to the boys' club -- Dung diaries -- Teenage wasteland -- Coalitions and a fall from grace -- Male bonding -- The domino effect -- Capo di tutti capi -- Of musth and other demons -- The emotional elephant -- The don back in the driver's seat -- Closure -- Sniffing out your relatives -- Where are the boys in gray? -- A case for dishonest signaling -- The don under fire -- Black mamba in camp -- Baying at a testosterone-filled moon -- Relentless wind -- A deposed don -- The don returns -- Scramble for power -- The royal family -- Wee hours -- The politics of family -- A new beginning.

Infested : how the bed bug infiltrated our bedrooms and took over the world

April 13, 2015
Borel, Brooke, author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
xiv, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Illustrations include life-size images of bedbugs on first page of each chapter.
Prologue : Mysterious bites -- Cryptic insect : meet the bed bug -- The fall : DDT and the slaying of the beast -- The forgotten era : out of sight, out of mind -- The return : a pyrethroid paradox -- Annihilation : by any means necessary -- Fear : when things go bite in the night -- Money : the Wild West of the bed bug economy -- Mysterious rash : the psychological toll of travel -- The origin of a species : the bed bug's beginning -- Epilogue : Horror, curiosity, and joy -- Appendix 1. Brooke's bed bug guide -- Appendix 2. Bed bug songs -- Appendix 3. Bed bug literature -- Appendix 4. Bed bug limericks.

The new wild : why invasive species will be nature's salvation

April 7, 2015
Pearce, Fred, author.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2015]
xvi, 245 pages ; 24 cm

How to clone a mammoth : the science of de-extinction

April 7, 2015
Shapiro, Beth Alison, author.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
xii, 220 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Reversing extinction -- Select a species -- Find a well-preserved specimen -- Create a clone -- Breed them back -- Reconstruct the genome -- Reconstruct part of the genome -- Now create a clone -- Make more of them -- Set them free -- Should we?.
"Could extinct species like mammoths and passenger pigeons be brought back to life? The science says yes. In [this book], Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in 'ancient DNA' research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used--today--to resurrect the past"

Cuckoo : cheating by nature

April 7, 2015
Davies, N. B. (Nicholas B.), 1952- author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2015.
xx, 289 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
"First published in Great Britain, 2015"--Title-page verso.
A cuckoo in the nest -- How the cuckoo lays her egg -- Wicked fen -- Harbinger of spring -- Playing cuckoo -- An arms race with eggs -- Signatures and forgeries -- A cheat in various guises -- a strange and odious instinct -- Begging tricks -- Choosing hosts -- An entangled bank -- Cuckoos in decline -- A changing world.
How does the cuckoo get away with laying its eggs in the nests of other birds and tricking them into raising young cuckoos rather than their own offspring? Early observers who noticed a little warbler feeding a monstrously large cuckoo chick concluded the cuckoo's lack of parental care was the result of faulty design by the Creator, and that the hosts chose to help the poor cuckoo. These quaint views of bad design and benevolence were banished after Charles Darwin proposed that the cuckoo tricks the hosts in an evolutionary battle, where hosts evolve better defenses against cuckoos and cuckoos, in turn, evolve better trickery to outwit the hosts. For the last three decades, Davies has employed observation and field experiments to unravel the details of this evolutionary "arms race" between cuckoos and their hosts. Like a detective, Davies and his colleagues studied adult cuckoo behavior, cuckoo egg markings, and cuckoo chick begging calls to discover exactly how cuckoos trick their hosts.


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