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Recommended books


Looking for something fun and educational to read?  Below is a list of good science books, compiled mostly by graduate students in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  Enjoy!  


                See also the Nature Conservancy's suggestions.



Conservation-related books:

General conservation Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring
McPhee, John.  The Control of Nature
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden
Ehrlich, Paul R. The Betrayal of Science and Reason
Ehrlich, Paul R., Anne H. Ehrlich, and Gretchen C. Daily. The Stork and the Plow
Palumbi, Stephen. The Evolution Explosion
Levin, Simon A. Fragile Dominion: complexity and the commons
Biodiversity/endangered species Quammen, David. The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions
Wilson, E.O.  The Diversity of Life
Adams, Douglas, and Mark Carwardine. Last Chance to See
Buchmann, Stephen, Gary Paul Nabhan, and Paul Mirocha. The Forgotten Pollinators
Strier, Karen. Faces in the Forest
Wildlife conservation Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac
Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire
Ocean conservation Kurlansky, Mark. Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
Steinbeck, John. The Log from the Sea of Cortez
Safina, Carl. Song for the Blue Ocean
Earle, Sylvia. Sea Change
Conservation and economics Daily, Gretchen C.
Nature’s Services: Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems
The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable
Hawken, Paul. The Ecology of Commerce
Hawken, Paul, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins. Natural Capitalism
Friedman, Thomas L. The Lexus and the Olive Tree: understanding globalization
Climate change Flannery, Tim. The Weather Makers: how man is changing the climate and what it means for life on Earth
Kolbert, Elizabeth. Fieldnotes from a Catastrophe
Gore, Al.  An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
Sustainable food and agriculture Pollan, Michael.
The Botany of Desire
An Omnivore’s Dilemma
Nabhan, Gary.
Conserving Migratory Pollinators and Nectar Corridors in Western North America
Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food
Jackson, Wes.
New Roots for Agriculture
Altars of Unhewn Stone
Jones, Stephen R. The Last Prairie: A Sandhills Journal
Berry, Wendell.  Enduring Seeds: Native American agriculture and wild plant conservation
Wuerthner, George. Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West
Manning, Richard. Food’s Frontier: The Next Green Revolution
Shiva, Vandana. Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply
Conway, Gordon. The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for All in the Twenty-First Century
Lappe, F.M. Diet for a Small Planet
Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: the dark side of the all-American meal
Lyman, Howard F. Mad Cowboy: plain truth from the cattle rancher who won’t eat meat
Sustainable development Diamond, Jared. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Reisner, Marc. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
McDonough, William and Michael Braungart. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
Nabhan, Gary and Stephen Trimble. The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places
Mcgirr, Lisa. Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right
Chouinard, Yvon.  Let My People Go Surfing
While not a book, the Just the Tips, Man for Protecting the Environment is a great collection of ideas on living sustainably.  




Other science books that may be of interest:

Misc. biology Wilson, E.O.
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge.
Biophilia
Vogel, Steven. Cats’ paws and catapults: mechanical worlds of nature and people
Judson, Olivia. Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation
Colinaux, Paul A. Why Big Fierce Animals are Rare: An Ecologist’s Perspective
Evolution Weiner, Jonathan.
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior
Gould, Stephen Jay.
The Mismeasure of Man
Wonderful Life
Dawkins, Richard.
The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
The Selfish Gene
Darwin, Charles. The Various Contrivances by Which Orchids Are Fertilized by Insects
Carroll, Sean B. Endless Forms Most Beautiful: the new science of Evo Devo and the making of the animal kingdom
Mayr, Ernst. What Evolution Is
Roughgarden, Joan. Evolution’s Rainbow
Ridley, Matt. Genome
Wilson, David Sloan. Darwin’s Cathedral
Natural history Quammen, David. Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Nature and Science
Wilson, E.O. Naturalist
Corson, Trevor. Secret Life of Lobsters
Nabhan, Gary.
Gathering the Desert
The Desert Smells Like Rain: a naturalist in O’Odham Country
Cultures of Habitat: on nature, culture and story
Chu, Miyoko. Songbird Journeys: four seasons in the lives of migratory birds
Heinrich, Bernd.
Mind of the Raven: investigations and adventures with wolf-birds
Winter World: the ingenuity of animal survival
The Hot-Blooded Insects: strategies and mechanisms of thermoregulation
Bumblebee Economics
Why We Run: a natural history
A Year in the Maine Woods
Nabhan, Gary.
Gathering the Desert
The Desert Smells Like Rain: a naturalist in O’Odham Country
Cultures of Habitat: on nature, culture and story
Exploration Flannery, Tim.
The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples 
The Future Eaters: an ecological history of the Australian lands and people
McPhee, John.  
Assembling California
Basin and Range
Rising from the Plains
Oranges
The Pine Barrens
The Survival of the Birch Bark Canoe
Lopez, Barry. Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape
Stegner, Wallace.   
Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West
Dillard, Annie. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Berry, Wendell.  
The Unsettling of America
The Gift of Good Land: further essays cultural & agricultural
Home Economics
Another Turn of the Crank
Ehrlich, Gretel
The Solace of Open Spaces
The Future of Ice: A Journey into Cold
Knight, Richard L. Ranching West of the 100th Meridian: Culture, Ecology and Economics
Kummer, Hans. In Quest of the Sacred Baboon: A scientist’s journey
Limerick, Patricia N.
The Legacy of Conquest: the unbroken past of the American West
Something in the Soil: legacies and reckonings in the New West
Sagebrush Country: Land and the American West
White, Richard and Patricia N. Limerick. The Frontier in American Culture
White, Richard. “It’s Your Misfortune and None of My Own”: a new history of the American West
Lawson, John. A New Voyage to Carolina
Cronon, William. Changes in the Land
Ambrose, Stephen. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West
Davis, Wade. One River
Mann, Charles. 1491
Human nature and biology Sapolsky, Robert.
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
A Primate’s Memoir: a neuroscientist’s unconventional life among the baboons
The Trouble with Testosterone: And Other Essays on the Biology of the Human Predicament
Wilson, E.O. On Human Nature
Diamond, Jared.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
de Waal, Frans B. M.
Our Inner Ape
Good Natured: The origins of right and wrong in humans and other animals
Peacemaking Among Primates
Chimpanzee Politics
Ehrlich, Paul R. 
Human Natures: Genes, Cultures and the Human Prospect
Williams, Terry Tempest.
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
The Open Space of Democracy
Griffin, Donald R.
Animal Minds: beyond cognition to consciousness
The Question of Animal Awareness
Davis, Mike. Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the imagination of disaster
Sober, Eliot and David Sloan Wilson. Unto Others: the evolution and psychology of morality
Misc. science (and more) Gleick, James.
Chaos: The Making of a New Science
Genius: the life and science of Richard Feynman
Gell-Mann, Murray. The Quark and the Jaguar: adventures in the simple and the complex
Strogatz, Steven. Sync: the emerging science of spontaneous order
Wolke, Robert. What Einstein Told His Cook
Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States
Bryson, Bill. A Short History of Nearly Everything