New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

June 15, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Slime : how algae created us, plague us, and just might save us

June 14, 2019
Kassinger, Ruth, author.
xv, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Section I: In the beginning -- Pond life -- Something new under the sun -- Algae get complicated -- Land ho, going once -- Land ho, going twice -- Looking for lichens -- Section II: Glorious food -- Brain food -- Seaweed salvation -- On a grand scale -- Welshmen's delight -- A way of life -- Flash! -- Spirulina -- Section III: Practical matters -- Feeding plants and animals -- In the thick of it -- Land ho, going thrice -- Stuff -- Oil -- The algae's not for burning -- Ethanol -- The future of algae fuel -- Section IV: Algae and the changing climate -- Gad zoox -- Saving the reefs -- A plague upon us -- Clean-up -- Making monsters -- Geoengineering.
Say "algae" and most people think of pond scum. What they don't know is that without algae, none of us would exist. There are as many algae on Earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Algae created the Earth we know today, with its oxygen-rich atmosphere, abundant oceans, and coral reefs. Crude oil is made of dead algae, and algae are the ancestors of all plants. Today, seaweed production is a multi-billion dollar industry, with algae hard at work to make your sushi, chocolate milk, beer, paint, toothpaste, shampoo and so much more. In Slime we'll meet the algae innovators working toward a sustainable future: from seaweed farmers in South Korea, to scientists using it to clean the dead zones in our waterways, to the entrepreneurs fighting to bring algae fuel and plastics to market. With a multitude of lively, surprising science and history, Ruth Kassinger takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes, and into-the-kitchen tour. Whether you thought algae was just the gunk in your fish tank or you eat seaweed with your oatmeal, Slime will delight and amaze with its stories of the good, the bad, and the up-and-coming."--Page [2] of cover.

Giants of the monsoon forest : living and working with elephants

June 3, 2019
Shell, Jacob, 1983- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
255 pages, 24 innumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Catching elephants -- Powers of trunk and mind -- Muddy exodus -- A counterpoint in Africa -- Breakable chains -- Strange behaviors -- Camps and villages -- Pencil lines on a map -- Flood relief elephant.
Documents the complex working relationship between the elephants of Burma and India and their human riders, revealing how Asia's secret forest culture may offer a way to save the endangered species.

Symphony in C : carbon and the evolution of (almost) everything

June 3, 2019
Hazen, Robert M., 1948- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
xviii, 282 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Silence -- Movement 1, Earth : carbon, the element of crystals -- Movement 2, Air : carbon, the element of cycles -- Movement 3, Fire : carbon, the element of stuff -- Movement 4, Water : carbon, the element of life -- Finale : earth, air, fire, and water.

Temperate garden plant families : the essential guide to identification and classification

May 31, 2019
Goldblatt, Peter, 1943- author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2019.
315 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

Family foraging : a fun guide to gathering and eating wild plants

May 23, 2019
Hamilton, Dave, 1974- author.
Boulder, CO : Roost Books, 2019.
143 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"More than ever before, we need to find tangible ways for our children to experience the natural world on a regular basis. Foraging for wild food is one of the most exciting ways to get kids interested in the world around them--a day gathering wild blackberries and dandelion greens gets their hands dirty and uses all of their senses. This accessible, engaging guide gives families the tools they need to accurately describe each plant and how to tell it apart from any harmful lookalikes. This book also includes simple, seasonal recipes that readers of all ages can make with their delicious wild edibles: Pink lemonade made from staghorn sumac Toffee apples made from squeezed hawthorn berries Yummy chestnut and chocolate sauce Nettle and cream-cheese savory pancakes"-- Provided by publisher.

The beak of the finch : a story of evolution in our time

April 25, 2019
Weiner, Jonathan.
New York : Vintage Books, ©2014.
xv, 332 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Originally published: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.
Evolution in the flesh: Daphne major; What Darwin saw; Infinite variety; Darwin's beaks; A special providence; Darwin's forces; Twenty-five thousand Darwins -- New beings on this earth: Princeton; Creation by variation; The ever-turning sword; Invisible coasts; Cosmic partings; Fusion or fission?; New beings -- G.O.D.: Invisible characters; The gigantic experiment; The stranger's power; The resistance movement; A partner in the process; The metaphysical crossbeak -- Epilogue : God and the Galápagos.
On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not know the strength of his own theory. For among the finches of Daphne Major, natural selection is neither rare nor slow: it is taking place by the hour, and we can watch. In this dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research, Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself.--From publisher description.

Advanced genetic genealogy : techniques and case studies

April 19, 2019
Wayne, Debbie Parker. editor.
Cushing, Texas : Wayne Research ; 2019.
382 pages : illustrations, color charts ; 28 cm
Lessons learned from triangulating a genome / Jim Bartlett, PE -- Visual phasing methodology and techniques / Blaine T. Bettinger, JD, PhD -- X-DNA techniques and limitations / Kathryn J. Johnston, MD -- Y-DNA analysis for a family search / James M. Owston, EdD -- Unknown and misattributed parentage research / Melissa A. Johnson, CG -- The challenge of endogamy and pedigree collapse / Kimberly T. Powell -- Parker study: combining atDNA & Y-DNA / Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL -- Would you like your data raw or cooked? / Ann Turner, MD -- Drowning in DNA? The genealogical proof standard tosses a lifeline / Karen Stanbary, CG -- Correlating documentary and DNA evidence to identify an unknown ancestor / Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG -- Writing about, documenting, and publishing DNA test results / Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS -- Ethical underpinnings of genetic genealogy / Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL -- Uncovering family secrets: the human side of DNA testing / Michael D. Lacopo, DVM -- The promise and limitations of genetic genealogy / Debbie Kennett, MCG.
Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies is a textbook for an advanced DNA course for genealogist. It takes those with an intermediate-level understanding of genetic genealogy to the next level. Case studies demonstrate how to analyze the DNA test results, correlate with documentary evidence, and write about findings.

Down from the mountain : the life and death of a grizzly bear

April 18, 2019
Andrews, Bryce, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
274 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The valley -- Newcomers -- Field and fence -- High summer -- The edge of the stand -- Seeing -- Reaping -- Fallow -- Visiting -- Hunters -- Millie's place -- The exhibit -- Near the woods.
"The story of a bear named Millie: her life, death, and cubs, and what they reveal about the changing wilds of the American West"-- Provided by publisher.

The sakura obsession : the incredible story of the plant hunter who saved Japan's cherry blossoms

April 16, 2019
Abe, Naoko, author.
xix, 380 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm
"Translated by the author"--Dust jacket.
"Originally published in Japan in different form as 'Cherry Ingram : the English saviour of Japan's cherry blossoms' by Iwanami Shoten, Tokyo, in 2016. This translation simultaneously published as '"Cherry" Ingram: the Englishman who saved Japan's blossoms' in Great Britain by Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Vintage Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House Ltd., London"--Title page verso.
part 1. The birth of a dream: Family ties ; Mayfair-by-the-Sea ; Triumphs and tragedies ; Enforced seclusion ; Japan beckons ; The rising sun ; The birds and the bees ; Ingram's war ; Birth of a dream -- part 2. Creation and collection: Twin quests ; The Dejima doctors ; Hunting plants ; Creation and collection ; The Hokusai Collection -- part 3. Saving the sakura: Pilgrimage ; Twin pines ; Cherry Meccas ; Guardian of the cherries ; Wild-cherry hunting ; Saving the sakura ; Ingram's warning -- part 4. Taihaku's homecoming: The restoration quest ; Taihaku's homecoming ; Gambling with success ; A fairy-tale garden ; "Obscene" kanzan ; The cherry evangelist ; Darwin versus the Church ; The sounds of war -- part 5. Falling blossoms: Cherry blossom brothers ; Flowers of mass destruction ; Emperor worship ; The sakura ideology ; The Somei-yoshino invasion ; 100 million people, one spirit ; The cherry and the kamikaze ; Falling blossoms ; Tome's story -- part 6. Dark shadows: Children at war ; Black Christmas ; Protecting Benenden ; Ornamental cherries ; Dark shadows ; Cherries of a "traitor" ; Britain's cherry boom ; Ingram's "royal" cherries ; The Somei-yoshino renaissance -- part 7. Cherries of reconciliation: A garden of memories ; A peaceful death ; The Grange after Ingram ; Home and abroad ; The next generation of sakuramori -- Cherries of reconciliation -- Epilogue: Millennia trees ; The great wall of cherry blossoms -- Appendices: A: Key cherry varieties and wild cherry names ; B: Cherry blossom viewing locations.
"Collingwood 'Cherry' Ingram first fell in love with the sakura, or cherry tree, when he visited Japan on his honeymoon in 1907. So taken with the plant, he brought back hundreds of cuttings with him to England, where he created a garden of cherry varieties. In 1926, he learned that the Great White Cherry had become extinct in Japan. Six years later, he buried a living cutting from his own collection in a potato and repatriated it via the Trans-Siberian Express. In the years that followed, Ingram sent more than 100 varieties of cherry tree to new homes around the globe, from Auckland to Washington. As much a history of the cherry blossom in Japan as it is the story of one remarkable man, the narrative follows the flower from its adoption as a national symbol in 794, through its use as an emblem of imperialism in the 1930s, to the present-day worldwide obsession with forecasting the exact moment of the trees' flowering"-- Publisher's description.

An introduction to botany

April 16, 2019
Lindley, John, 1799-1865.
London : Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1848.
volumes <1> : illustrations ; 22 cm
Nolan Room Collection.
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has brown boards with gilt lettering and floral pattern on spine. Marbled endpapers with gilt edges. John Sheepshanks ex-libris plate affixed on inside front cover. Volume 1 front cover loose.

An introduction to entomology, or, Elements of the natural history of insects ; with plates

April 16, 2019
Kirby, William, 1759-1850.
London : Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1818-
volumes <1> : illustrations, plates (some color) ; 22 cm
Nolan Room Collection.
Color engravings of insects are signed J. Curtis.

Becoming a marine biologist

April 15, 2019
Morell, Virginia, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
193 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"Masters at work"--Cover.

The ecology book

April 15, 2019
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2019.
352 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The story of evolution -- Ecological processes -- Ordering the natural world -- The variety of life -- Ecosystems -- Organisms in a changing environment -- The living earth -- The human factor -- Environmentalism and conservation.
Using a bold, graphic-led approach, The Ecology Book explores and explains over 85 of the key ideas, movements, and acts that have defined ecology and ecological thought. The book has a simple chronological structure, with early chapters ranging from the ideas of classical thinkers to attempts by Enlightenment thinkers to systematically order the natural world. Later chapters trace the evolution of modern thinking, from the ideas of Thomas Malthus, Henry Thoreau, and others, all the way through to the political and scientific developments of the modern era, including the birth of the environmental movement and the Paris Agreement. The ideal introduction to one of the most important subjects of our time.

Panda love : the secret lives of pandas

April 12, 2019
Vitale, Ami, 1971- author, photographer.
157 pages : colour illustrations ; 22 cm
Photographs taken at Liziping Nature Reserve and The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP). (Introduction)
Panda Love is a collection of incredible images of these gentle giants. Ami Vitale's stunning photographs, taken on location in China, document the efforts to breed pandas and release them back into the wild. Ami was given unprecedented access to the pandas and her photos give an amazing insight into the bears' lives in both the sanctuaries and their natural habitat. Fluffy panda cubs tumble out of baskets and play hide-and-seek with their carers, while the adult pandas curiously explore the forest and climb trees.

Climate change : an encyclopedia of science, society, and solutions

April 11, 2019
Johansen, Bruce E. (Bruce Elliott), 1950- author.
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
3 volumes ; 26 cm
Volume 1. Land and oceans -- Volume 2. Weather and global warming -- Volume 3. Human impact and primary documents.

Humanimal : how Homo sapiens became nature's most paradoxical creature : a new evolutionary history

April 9, 2019
Rutherford, Adam, author.
New York, NY : The Experiment, LLC, 2019.
240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group Ltd., a Hachette UK company, in 2018"--ECIP galley.
Adam Rutherford explores the profound paradox of the "human animal." Looking for answers across the animal kingdom, he finds that many things once considered exclusively human are not: In Australia, raptors have been observed starting fires to scatter prey; in Zambia, a chimp named Julie even started a "fashion" of wearing grass in one ear. We aren't the only species that communicates, makes tools, or has sex for reasons other than procreation. But we have developed a culture far more complex than any other we've observed. Why has that happened, and what does it say about us? Humanimal is a new evolutionary history-a synthesis of the latest research on genetics, sex, migration, and much more. It reveals what unequivocally makes us animals-and also why we are truly extraordinary. - adapted from book jacket.

Costa Rica.

April 4, 2019
Northhampton, Mass. : Interlink Books, ©2005-
volumes : illustrations (some color), maps ; 22 cm.
Vols. for <2007-2010> by Les Beletsky.

Wings in the light : wild butterflies in North America

April 3, 2019
Myers, David Lee, author, photographer.
xx, 258 pages : color illustrations ; 20 x 27 cm
Includes index.

A season on the wind : inside the world of spring migration

April 2, 2019
Kaufman, Kenn, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
282 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Prologue: pilgrims at the gates of sunrise -- The first migration -- Wilderness and waterfowl -- A broken season -- An ill wind -- Turning point -- Wild march -- Creatures of light -- Sifting the mysterious sky -- Threading the needle -- This slice of sky -- Second wind -- Waiting for warblers -- Boardwalk people -- The first big wave -- The biggest week -- The impossible peak -- The parade's gone by -- Pagans of the sky.
"A close look at one season in one key site that reveals the amazing science and magic of spring bird migration, and the perils of human encroachment"-- Provided by publisher.

Blueprint : the evolutionary origins of a good society

March 20, 2019
Christakis, Nicholas A., author.
New York : Little, Brown Spark, 2019.
xxi, 520 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
An exploration of the biological roots of positive social behavior reveals how human genes have countered violence and self-interest with equally inherent, society-building tendencies toward friendship, cooperation, and learning.

Genesis : the deep origin of societies

March 15, 2019
Wilson, Edward O., author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
153 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Asserting that religious creeds and philosophical questions can be reduced to purely genetic and evolutionary components, and that the human body and mind have a physical base obedient to the laws of physics and chemistry, Genesis demonstrates that the only way for us to fully understand human behavior is to study the evolutionary histories of nonhuman species. Of these, Wilson demonstrates that at least seventeen―among them the African naked mole rat and the sponge- dwelling shrimp―have been found to have advanced societies based on altruism and cooperation."--Inside dust jacket.

Darwin's black box : the biochemical challenge to evolution

March 14, 2019
Behe, Michael J., 1952-
New York : Free Press, 2006.
xii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Lilliputian biology -- Nuts and bolts -- Row, row, row your boat -- Rube Goldberg in the blood -- From here to there -- A dangerous world -- Road kill -- Publish or perish -- Intelligent design -- Questions about design -- Science, philosophy, religion.
To the 19th century scientist, the cell was a complete mystery - a black box. Modern biochemists have unlocked the contents of the cell and discovered chemical machines of such beauty and complexity that, Behe argues, cannot have evolved by chance.

The botanist's guide through the counties of Northumberland and Durham

March 13, 2019
Winch, Nathaniel John.
Newcastle upon Tyne ; Gateshead : S. Hodgson, 1805-1807.
2 volumes in 1 (vii, 123; vii, 112 pages) ; 22 cm
Nolan Room Collection.
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has brown boards with gilt lettering and floral pattern on spine. Marbled endpapers and edges. John Sheepshanks ex-libris plate affixed on inside front cover.

Wildflowers and ferns of Red River Gorge and the Greater Red River Basin

March 11, 2019
Dourson, Dan, author.
478 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"With important contributions by Harlard Lescinsky (Geology), Adam Rollins (Myxomycetes-Slime molds), Alan Cornette (Cultural History), Tara Littlefield (Plant life of Red River Watershed), Julian Campbell (Species list)."
Prehistoric history -- Cultural history -- Geology -- Ecoregions -- Habitats of the Red River Basin (How to use the book) -- Non-flowering organisms (Terrestrial green algae, Fungi or mushroom, Slime molds, Lichens, Bryophytes) -- Plant life of Red River Basin -- Ferns, Club mosses, Spike mosses & Quillworts -- Grasses, sedges & rushes -- Wildflowers (Families of the Red River Basin, Color key to the wildflowers, Basic vegetative parts of flowering plants, Species accounts) -- Vines, shrubs and trees -- Expected or uncertain plants of RRB.
The Red River Gorge's intricate canyon system features an abundance of high sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, waterfalls, and natural bridges, making it one of the world's top rock-climbing destinations. While books about hiking, climbing, and other recreational activities in the area are readily available, this is the first book specifically devoted to the biodiversity of the Gorge and its watershed. Designed to be accessible to the casual hiker and the seasoned naturalist, this book contains over 1,000 color images and numerous illustrations covering over 1,500 species currently known to exist in the watershed. Rare and endangered species are highlighted, as well as a few other important, but often ignored, non-flowering plant groups, including green algae, fungi, slime molds, lichens, and mosses. In addition, a small section on flowering woody vines, shrubs, and trees is included, making the book the most comprehensive natural guide to one of Kentucky's most well-known natural recreational areas.

The rise of yeast : how the sugar fungus shaped civilization

March 7, 2019
Money, Nicholas P., author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
xi, 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction: Yeasty basics -- Yeast of Eden: drink -- The dough also rises: food -- Frankenyeast: cells -- The little yeast on the prairie: biotechnology -- Yeasts of the wild: yeast diversity -- Yeasts of wrath: health and disease.
"The great Victorian biologist Thomas Huxley once wrote, "I know of no familiar substance forming part of our every-day knowledge and experience, the examination of which, with a little care, tends to open up such very considerable issues as does yeast." Huxley was right. Beneath the very foundations of human civilization lies yeast--also known as the sugar fungus. Yeast is responsible for fermenting our alcohol and providing us with bread--the very staples of life. Moreover, it has proven instrumental in helping cell biologists and geneticists understand how living things work, manufacturing life-saving drugs, and producing biofuels that could help save the planet from global warming. In The Rise of Yeast, Nicholas P. Money--author of Mushroom and The Amoeba in the Room--argues that we cannot ascribe too much importance to yeast, and that its discovery and controlled use profoundly altered human history. Humans knew what yeast did long before they knew what it was. It was not until Louis Pasteur's experiments in the 1860s that scientists even acknowledged its classification as a fungus. A compelling blend of science, history, and sociology The Rise of Yeast explores the rich, strange, and utterly symbiotic relationship between people and yeast, a stunning and immensely readable account that takes us back to the roots of human history."--Publisher's description.


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