New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

October 16, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Path of the puma : the remarkable resilience of the mountain lion

October 15, 2018
Williams, Jim, author.
Ventura, CA : Patagonia, [2018]
311 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Maps on endpapers.
The chase -- Finding the wild -- The front -- Gene flow: cats on the move -- Connectivity benefits bighorns and big cats -- The crown of the continent -- Following fragmentation -- Locals only -- Suburban lions -- Down south, way down south -- Austral wild -- Altered Andean landscapes -- Ranching for wildlife -- Pumas below Aconcagua -- Pumas and penguins -- Kodkods and other South American cats -- Rewilding Patagonia -- The Carretera Austral -- Arcilio the puma tracker -- A trophic cascade in Patagonia -- Conserving cats in both hemispheres -- Epilogue -- What you can do -- When pumas meet people.
During a time when most wild animals are experiencing decline in the face of development and climate change, the intrepid mountain lion -- also known as a puma, a cougar, and by many other names - has experienced reinvigoration as well as expansion of territory. What makes this cat, the fourth carnivore in the food chain -- just ahead of humans - so resilient and resourceful? And what can conservationists and wild life managers learn from them about the web of biodiversity that is in desperate need of protection? Their story is fascinating for the lessons it can afford the protection of all species in times of dire challenge and decline. -- Publisher's description.

How to be a good creature : a memoir in thirteen animals

September 27, 2018
Montgomery, Sy, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
200 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
A naturalist and adventurer discusses the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals who have profoundly affected her, exploring themes of learning to become empathetic, creating families, coping with loss, and the otherness and sameness of people and animals.

Snakebite! : antivenom and a global health crisis

September 27, 2018
Hofer, Charles, author.
©2019
104 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: a deadly bite -- A gathering storm -- A world of venomous snakes -- Venom: a toxic brew -- Antivenom: the lifesaver -- Into the snake pit: a closer look at healthcare in america -- The same, but different -- Reversing the vicious circle -- The world is watching.
Examines the biology of venomous snakes, the pharmacology and biochemistry of antivenom, its use in treating disease, and the politics of bringing life-saving antivenom drugs to market.

When the last lion roars

September 11, 2018
Evans, Sara (Travel writer), author.
©2018
304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm
The rise of the lion empire -- The fall of the lion empire -- People hate lions. Part 1 -- People hate lions. Part 2 -- People love lions. Part 1 -- People love lions. Part 2 -- Beyond Cecil -- Beyond gold.

The revolutionary genius of plants : a new understanding of plant intelligence and behavior

August 27, 2018
Mancuso, Stefano, author.
©2018
xii, 225 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Memories without a brain -- Moving without muscles -- The sublime art of mimesis -- Green democracies -- The capsicophagous and other slaves of plants -- Archiplants -- Living without freshwater -- From plants to plantoids -- Space plants.
Do plants have intelligence? Do they have memory? Are they better problem solvers than people? The Revolutionary Genius of Plants--a fascinating, paradigm-shifting work that upends everything you thought you knew about plants--makes a compelling scientific case that these and other astonishing ideas are all true. Plants make up eighty percent of the weight of all living things on earth, and yet it is easy to forget that these innocuous, beautiful organisms are responsible for not only the air that lets us survive, but for many of our modern comforts: our medicine, food supply, even our fossil fuels. On the forefront of uncovering the essential truths about plants, world-renowned scientist Stefano Mancuso reveals the surprisingly sophisticated ability of plants to innovate, to remember, and to learn, offering us creative solutions to the most vexing technological and ecological problems that face us today. Despite not having brains or central nervous systems, plants perceive their surroundings with an even greater sensitivity than animals. They efficiently explore and react promptly to potentially damaging external events thanks to their cooperative, shared systems; without any central command centers, they are able to remember prior catastrophic events and to actively adapt to new ones. Every page of The Revolutionary Genius of Plants bubbles over with Stefano Mancuso's infectious love for plants and for the eye-opening research that makes it more and more clear how remarkable our fellow inhabitants on this planet really are. In his hands, complicated science is wonderfully accessible, and he has loaded the book with gorgeous photographs that make for an unforgettable reading experience. The Revolutionary Genius of Plants opens the doors to a new understanding of life on earth.

American Serengeti : the last big animals of the Great Plains

August 21, 2018
Flores, Dan L. (Dan Louie), 1948-
©2016
213 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction: American Serengeti -- Empires of the sun : big history and the Great Plains -- Pronghorns : survivors from a lost world -- Coyote : the American jackal -- Bringing home all the pretty horses : the horse trade and the American Great Plains -- The most dangerous beast : the Grizzly, the Great Plains, the West -- A dream of bison -- Wolfsong redux -- Loving the plains, hating the plains, re-wilding the Plains.
"Bison. Horses. Coyotes. Wolves. Grizzly Bears. Pronghorns. A la John McPhee and Edward Hoagland, noted Western and environmental historian Flores dazzles with his vivid, informed, and richly detailed essays on six iconic animals of the American Great Plains. Diving into their genetic past as far back as the Pleistocene epoch and on up to restoration efforts in recent times, Flores is especially evocative and illuminating about the lives of these animals (and their interactions with humans) in the several centuries running from the dawn of the Age of Exploration through the end of the Indian Wars"--Provided by publisher.

Underbug : an obsessive tale of termites and technology

August 20, 2018
Margonelli, Lisa, author.
New York : Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I. A termite safari -- Part II. Riddles in the dirt ; An inconvenient insect ; Into the mound ; Complexity is the essence ; Because they are so sweet ; A black box with six legs ; Waiting for Carnot -- Part III. The second termite safari ; Life in the firehose ; Jazz in the metagenome ; Burning very slowly ; Restless streams -- Part IV. Crossing the abstraction barrier ; Influential individuals ; The robot apocalypse -- Part V. Darwin's termites ; The soul of the soil ; The math of fairy circles ; The soul of the cell ; Empathy and the drone ; White ants -- Part VI. Them and us.
"Are we more like termites than we ever imagined? In Underbug, the award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli introduces us to the enigmatic creatures that collectively outweigh human beings ten to one and consume $40 billion worth of valuable stuff annually. Over the course of a decade-long obsession with one of nature's most influential but least understood bugs, Margonelli pokes around termite mounds and high-tech research facilities, closely watching biologists, roboticists, and geneticists. What begins as a natural history of the termite becomes a personal exploration of the unnatural future we're building, with darker observations on power, technology, historical trauma, and the limits of human cognition. Her globe-trotting journey veers into uncharted territory, from evolutionary theory to Edwardian science literature to the military-industrial complex. Whether in Namibia or Cambridge, Arizona or Australia, Margonelli turns up astounding facts and raises provocative questions. Is a termite an individual or a unit of a superorganism? Can we harness the termite's properties to change the world? If we build termite-like swarming robots, will they inevitably destroy us? Is it possible to think without having a mind? Underbug burrows into these questions and many others--unearthing disquieting answers about the world's most underrated insect and what it means to be human."--Dust jacket.

The tangled tree : a radical new history of life

August 17, 2018
Quammen, David, 1948- author.
©2018
xvi, 461 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Three surprises: an introduction -- Darwin's little sketch -- A separate form of life -- Mergers and acquisitions -- Big tree -- Infective reality -- Topiary -- E pluribus unum.
"Nonpareil science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and life's history, with powerful implications for human health and even our own human nature." -- Publisher annotation.

Lamarck's revenge : how epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of evolution's past and present

August 16, 2018
Ward, Peter D. (Peter Douglas), 1949- author.
©2018
273 pages ; 24 cm
"In the 1700s, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck first described epigenetics to explain the inheritance of acquired characteristics; however, his theory was supplanted in the 1800s by Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection through heritable genetic mutations. But natural selection could not adequately explain how rapidly species re-diversified and repopulated after mass extinctions. Now advances in the study of DNA and RNA have resurrected epigenetics, which can create radical physical and physiological changes in subsequent generations by the simple addition of a single small molecule, thus passing along a propensity for molecules to attach in the same places in the next generation. Epigenetics is a complex process, but paleontologist and astrobiologist Peter Ward breaks it down for general readers, using the epigenetic paradigm to reexamine how the history of our species--from deep time to the outbreak of the Black Plague and into the present--has left its mark on our physiology, behavior, and intelligence. Most alarming are chapters about epigenetic changes we are undergoing now triggered by toxins, environmental pollutants, famine, poor nutrition, and overexposure to violence. Lamarck's Revenge is an eye-opening and provocative exploration of how traits are inherited, and how outside influences drive what we pass along to our progeny."--Page [2] of cover.

Bugs rule! : an introduction to the world of insects

August 16, 2018
Cranshaw, Whitney, author.
©2013
xi, 480 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Introduction to the arthropods -- What one sees on the outside : external features of insects -- The internal organization -- Growth and metamorphosis -- The arachnids : spiders, scorpions, mites, and other eight-legged wonders -- The "other" arthropods -- Oldies but goodies -- Insects fly! -- Jumpers and strollers : grasshoppers, crickets, and walkingsticks -- Variety is the spice of life : some minor, but interesting, insect orders -- Roach cities and assassin cousins -- Lousy nitpickers -- Life on an all-fluid diet -- Insect bruisers and their lacewinged cousins -- City builders that rule -- Scale-winged beauties and custom homebuilders -- "Gift" bearers of plague : or a plump insect wedding present -- Marvels of the air : two-winged wonders.
Provides a lively introduction to the biology and natural history of insects and their noninsect cousins, such as spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. This richly illustrated textbook features more than 830 color photos, a concise overview of the basics of entomology, and numerous sidebars that highlight and explain key points. Detailed chapters cover each of the major insect groups, describing their physiology, behaviors, feeding habits, reproduction, human interactions, and more.

Cracking the AP biology exam.

August 2, 2018
New York : Random House, Inc., c1997-
v. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Shark quest : protecting the ocean's top predators

July 30, 2018
Young, Karen Romano, author.
©2019
128 pages : illustrations (mostly color), maps ; 24 cm
The trouble with sharks -- What's a shark? -- Feeding the beast -- Chain of life -- Swimming with sharks -- What do shark researchers do at sea? -- What do shark researchers do on shore? -- For the sharks, citizen science.
"Readers will learn all about sharks and the human relationship with sharks, including how researchers study sharks at sea and how students can get involved in learning more about sharks and helping to protect these incredible creatures"-- Provided by publisher.

The truth about animals : stoned sloths, lovelorn hippos, and other tales from the wild side of wildlife

July 26, 2018
Cooke, Lucy, 1970- author.
©2018
336 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Originally published under title: The unexpected truth about animals : a menagerie of the misunderstood. London : Transworld Publishers, 2017.
Introduction -- Eel -- Beaver -- Sloth -- Hyena -- Vulture -- Bat -- Frog -- Stork -- Hippopotamus -- Moose -- Panda -- Penguin -- Chimpanzee -- Conclusion.
When seeking to understand animals, context is key. Humans have a habit of viewing the animal kingdom through the prism of our own narrow existence. Zoologist and documentary filmmaker Lucy Cooke is fascinated by the myths people create about animals to fill in the gaps in our understanding, and how much they reveal about the mechanics of discovery and the people doing the discovering. In this book she has gathered together the biggest misconceptions and mistakes made about the animal kingdom, and recounts the experiences that have opened her eyes to many surprising realities about animals and the progress of animal science.

Soul healing with our animal companions : the hidden keys to a deeper animal-human connection

July 23, 2018
Billups, Tammy, author.
©2016
xiii, 177 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Originally published in 2016 by Booklogix under the title Beyond the Fur: Discover the Hidden Keys to Understanding Your Animals' Behaviors and Physical Issues."
The origin: My pathway to animals ; Energy and emotions -- The reflection: The looking glass ; Symbolic messages -- The connection: Their emotional wounds -- The knowing: The love bind ; Projection happens ; Perfection is overrated -- The reason: Higher purpose -- The way: Big decisions ; Easing though change ; Imagining the positive ; Reaping the rewards -- Epilogue: their love letter to you.
Learn to explore and deepen your relationship with your animals. Also shows how you can co-evolve along with your animal companions, experience unconditional love, and, ultimately, enact healing for both animal and caregiver.

The spiritual nature of animals : a country vet explores the wisdom, compassion, and souls of animals

July 23, 2018
Stange, Karlene, 1954- author.
©2017
291 pages ; 23 cm
Ambulatory horse doctor -- The beginning: creation and the garden paradise -- The hunter-gatherer: shamanism -- Mother Nature: the great transformer -- Hinduism: escape from samsara -- Buddhism: finding peace of mind -- Islam, Judaism, and Christianity: the God of Abraham -- Science: seeking evidence -- Spirituality: mystics, clairvoyants, channels, and animal communicators -- A happy ending,
"Karlene Stange's spiritual journey began as she drove her pickup loaded with medical supplies to attend to animals throughout southwestern Colorado, where the Animas River carves the landscape. As an ambulatory veterinarian, she has experienced the challenges, sorrows, and joys of working with creatures great and small and feels a powerful kinship with these beautiful beings, a bond that goes beyond flesh and fur and feathers. The Spiritual Nature of Animals chronicles her amazing exploration through the teachings of various religious and cultural traditions, as well as her encounters with the magnificent Rocky Mountain terrain and the quirky characters -- both animal and human -- who inhabit it."--Back cover.

Staying with the trouble : making kin in the Chthulucene

July 18, 2018
Haraway, Donna Jeanne, author.
Durham : Duke University Press, 2016.
xv, 296 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Playing string figures with companion species -- Tentacular thinking : Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene -- Sympoiesis : symbiogenesis and the lively arts of staying with the trouble -- Making kin : Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene -- Awash in urine : DES and premarin in multispecies response-ability -- Sowing worlds : a seed bag for terraforming with earth others -- A curious practice -- The Camille stories : children of compost.
"In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants. She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthropocene, preferring to conceptualize it as what she calls the Chthulucene, as it more aptly and fully describes our epoch as one in which the human and nonhuman are inextricably linked in tentacular practices. The Chthulucene, Haraway explains, requires sym-poiesis, or making-with, rather than auto-poiesis, or self-making. Learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying together on a damaged earth will prove more conducive to the kind of thinking that would provide the means to building more livable futures. Theoretically and methodologically driven by the signifier SF--string figures, science fact, science fiction, speculative feminism, speculative fabulation, so far--Staying with the Trouble further cements Haraway's reputation as one of the most daring and original thinkers of our time."--Publisher's description.

Wildebeest migration

July 18, 2018
Hansen, Grace, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Abdo Kids, [2018]
24 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 x 29 cm
Includes index.
Readers will learn about the impressive migration of wildebeest living in the Serengeti in Tanzania, Africa. The title will cover information like why and when they migrate, how far they migrate, and where they migrate. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Abdo Kids Jumbo is an imprint of Abdo Kids, a division of ABDO.

The wonderful Mr Willughby : the first true ornithologist

July 11, 2018
Birkhead, T. R.
©2018
xii, 353 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bitten by the snake of learning -- John Ray and the cunning craftsmanship of nature -- A momentous decision -- Continental journey: the low countries -- Images of central Europe -- Italian sophistication and Spanish desolation -- Back at Middleton -- Curious about birds: illness and death -- Into the light: publication -- A sustained finale: Willughby's buzzard takes flight.
Francis Willughby lived and thrived in the midst of the rapidly accelerating scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. Traveling with his Cambridge tutor John Ray, they decided to overhaul the whole of natural history by imposing order on its messiness and complexity. It was exhilarating, exacting, and exhausting work. Yet before their first book, Ornithology , could be completed, Willughby died in 1672. Since then, Ray's reputation has grown, obscuring that of his collaborator. Now, for the first time, Willughby's story and genius are given the attention they deserve. In his too-short life, Francis Willughby helped found the Royal Society, differentiated birds through identification of their distinguishing features, and asked questions that were, in some cases, centuries ahead of their time.

Adventures of a young naturalist : the zoo quest expeditions

July 10, 2018
Attenborough, David, 1926- author.
©2017
xvi, 393 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Book one: Zoo quest to Guyana. To Guyana ; Tiny McTurk and cannibal fish ; The painted cliff ; Sloths and snakes ; Spirits in the night ; Shanties on the Mazaruni ; Vampires and Gertie ; Mr. King and the mermaid ; Return -- Book two: Zoo quest for a dragon. To Indonesia ; The faithful Jeep ; Bali ; The animals of Bali ; Volcanoes and pickpockets ; Arrival in Borneo ; Charlie, the orangutan ; A perilous journey ; The Island of Komodo ; The dragons ; Postscript -- Book three: Zoo quest to Paraguay. To Paraguay ; The decline of a luxury cruise ; Butterflies and birds ; Nests on the camp ; Beasts in the bathroom ; Chasing a giant ; Ranch in the Chaco ; Chaco journey ; A second search ; Moving a menagerie.
"In 1954, David Attenborough, a young television presenter was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for London Zoo's collection, and to film the expedition for the BBC for a new show called Zoo Quest"-- Provided by publisher.

Essential native trees and shrubs for the eastern United States : the guide to creating a sustainable landscape

July 10, 2018
Dove, Tony, author.
©2018
xviii, 312 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Part I. Site conditions and plant attributes. Trees ; Shrubs. A cross-referenced listing of select trees and shrubs by cultural and aesthetic uses in the landscape -- Part II. Primary trees and shrubs. Select plant profiles; each entry has aesthetic and cultural information, companion plants, wildlife interest and, where appropriate, selected varieties -- Part III. Secondary plants. A list of native plants with desirable landscape features but limitations that may outweigh their desirable traits.

Eye of the shoal : a fish-watcher's guide to life, the ocean and everything

July 9, 2018
Scales, Helen, author.
©2018
320 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series numbering from dust jacket.
Prologue: The wandering ichthyologist -- Ichthyo-curiosities : Sedna the sea goddess -- A view from the deep : introducing the fish. How the flounder lost its smile -- Outrageous acts of colour. The salmon of knowledge -- Illuminations. O-namazu -- Anatomy of a shoal. Osiris and the elephantfish -- Fish food. Vatnagedda -- Toxic fish. Chipfalamfula -- How fish used to be. The doctor of the sea -- Fish symphonies. The fish and the golden shoe -- (Re)thinking fish -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Illustration species list.
Seventy per cent of the earth's surface is covered by water and reigning supreme among its creatures are the fish. Their mesmerizing and complex lives remain largely unseen, hidden beneath the waterline, out of sight and out of mind. Scales helps readers fathom the depths and watch these animals going about the glorious business of being fish. She inspires readers to think again about these animals and the seas they inhabit, and to go out and appreciate the wonders of fish.-- adapted from jacket.

Pasta for nightingales : a 17th-century handbook of bird-care and folklore

July 9, 2018
Olina, Giovanni Pietro, active 1622, author.
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2018. ©2018
ix, 133 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm
Simultaneously published: London : Royal Collection Trust.
"Translation from the original Italian by Kate Clayton in association with First Edition Cambridge, UK. Edited by Sarah Kane"--Colophon.
"Cassiano dal Pozzo, (1588-1657) now celebrated as one of the most important art patrons in Italy of the seventeenth century, commissioned a number of exquisite studies of birds as part of his famous "Paper Museum." In 1622 the lawyer and ornithologist Giovanni Pietro Olina used these drawings, which are now kept in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, as the basis for the illustrations in his Uccelliera. Pasta for Nightingales combines Cassiano's original artwork with selections from the first modern translation of Olina's text. It includes such enchanting insights as the idea that robins suffered from dizziness and that the hoopoe overindulged in grapes until it became "dazed and halfdrunk." However, it also includes much fascinating early natural history and ornithological observation--as well as the secret recipe for pasta to keep your nightingale happy and encourage it to sing. A historic and delightful gift book, which is bound to appeal to every bird-lover."--Dust jacket.

Buzz : the nature and necessity of bees

July 2, 2018
Hanson, Thor, author.
New York, NY : Basic Books, 2018.
283 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Becoming bees: A vegetarian wasp ; The living vibrato ; Alone together -- Bees and flowers: A special relationship ;Where flowers bloom -- Bees and people: Of honeyguides and hominins ; Keeping Dumbledores ; Every third bite -- The future of bees: Empty nests ; A day in the sun -- The bee-loud glade.
Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing. As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.

Spying on whales : the past, present, and future of earth's most awesome creatures

June 27, 2018
Pyenson, Nick, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2018]
xii, 322 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Part I: Past. How to know a whale ; Mammals like no other ; The stories bones tell ; Time travel on the fossil whale highway ; The afterlife of a whale ; Rock picks and lasers ; Cracking the case Of Cerro Ballena -- Part II: Present. The age of giants ; The ocean's utmost bones ; A discovery at Hvalfjörður ; Physics and flensing knives ; The limits of living things -- Part III: Future. Arctic time machines ; Shifting baselines ; All the ways to go extinct ; Evolution in the Anthropocene ; Whalebone Junction.
"A leading scientist dives into the secret lives of whales, from their evolutionary past to today's cutting edge of science. Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-sized creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live two hundred years, and travel entire ocean basins. Whales fill us with terror, awe, and affection--yet there is still so much we don't know about them. Why did it take whales over fifty million years to evolve to such big sizes, and how do they eat enough to stay that big? How did their ancestors return to the sea from land--and what can their lives tell us about evolution as a whole? Importantly, in the sweepstakes of human-driven habitat and climate change, will whales survive? Nick Pyenson's research has given us the answers to some of our biggest questions about whales. He takes us deep inside the Smithsonian's unparalleled fossil collections, to frigid Antarctic waters, and to the arid desert in Chile, where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whale site ever found. Full of rich storytelling and scientific discovery, Spying on Whales spans the ancient past to an uncertain future--all to better understand the most enigmatic creatures on Earth."--Dust jacket.

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