New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

March 25, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Traveling with ghosts : a memoir

March 24, 2017
Fowler, Shannon Leone, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2017]
294 pages : 24 cm
"From grief to reckoning to reflection to solace, a marine biologist shares the solo journey she took--through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Israel, and beyond--to find peace after her fiancé suffered a fatal attack by a box jellyfish in Thailand."

The death and life of the Great Lakes

March 21, 2017
Egan, Dan, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
xix, 364 pages : illustations, map ; 25 cm
The front door. Carving a fourth seacoast : dreams of a seaway ; Three fish : the story of lake trout, sea lampreys and alewives ; The world's great fishing hole : the introduction of coho and chinook salmon ; Noxious cargo : the invasion of zebra and quagga mussels -- The back door. Continental undivide : Asian carp and Chicago's backwards river ; Conquering a continent : the mussel infestation of the West ; North America's "dead" sea : toxic algae and the threat to Toledo's water supply -- The future. Plugging the drain : the never-ending threat to siphon away Great Lakes water ; A shaky balancing act : climate change and the fall and rise of the lakes ; A Great Lake revival : charting a course toward integrity, stability and balance.
"The Great Lakes--Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior--hold 20 percent of the world's supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan's compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come."--Jacket.

Honeybee democracy

March 21, 2017
Seeley, Thomas D.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
273 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Life in a honeybee colony -- Dream home for honeybees -- Scout bees' debate -- Agreement on best site -- Building a consensus -- Initiating the move to new home -- Steering the flying swarm -- Swarm as cognitive entity -- Swarm smarts.
"Honeybees make decisions collectively---and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees." "In the late spring and early summer, as a bee colony becomes overcrowded, a third of the hive stays behind and rears a new queen, while a swarm of thousands departs with the old queen to produce a daughter colony. Seeley describes how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together---as a swirling cloud of bees---to their new home. Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years, and he considers similarities between the ways that bee swarms and primate brains process information. He concludes that what works well for bees can also work well for people: any decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader's influence should be minimized, debate should be relied upon, diverse solutions should be sought, and the majority should be counted on for a dependable resolution." "An impressive exploration of animal behavior, Honeybee Democracy shows that decision-making groups, whether honeybee or human, can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them."--Jacket.

Birds of the Pacific Northwest

March 16, 2017
Shewey, John, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017.
559 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.

National Geographic backyard guide to insects & spiders of North America

March 9, 2017
Evans, Arthur V., author.
238 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"In this colorful beginner's guide, you'll meet the top 150 species of arthropods -- insects, spiders, and kin -- that you are most likely to encounter in everyday life." -- Back cover.

Beastly brains : exploring how animals think, talk, and feel

February 15, 2017
Castaldo, Nancy F. (Nancy Fusco), 1962- author.
© 2017
152 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
From machine to thinking animal -- Entering the lab -- Making decisions -- Emotions and empathy -- Fairness -- Communication -- Self-awareness -- Mental time travel -- Problem solving -- From thinking animals to protected animals.
"This fascinating nonfiction account reveals just what's going on inside the minds of animals, and through understanding animal intelligence we discover more about ourselves, including far more similarities than one might expect. Humans may have the biggest brains, but intelligence is not a quality exclusive to only us!"--Provided by publisher.

The wasp that brainwashed the caterpillar : evolution's most unbelievable solutions to life's biggest problems

February 9, 2017
Simon, Matt.
xii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
You absolutely must get laid. Antechinus ; Anglerfish ; Flatworm ; Mustache toad ; Toadfish -- You can't find a babysitter. Ant-decapitating fly ; Glyptapanteles wasp ; Asp caterpillar ; Ocean sunfish ; Lowland streaked tenrec ; Surinam toad -- You need a place to crash. Pearlfish ; Tongue-eating isopod ; Pistol shrimp ; Sociable weaver ; Hero ant -- You live in a crummy neighborhood. Water bear ; Diving bell spider ; Zombie ant ; Pink fairy armadillo ; Naked mole rat -- Turns out getting eaten is bad for survival. Hagfish ; Axolotl ; Cuttlefish ; Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ; Pangolin ; Crested rat -- It turns out not eating is also bad for survival. Giant African land snail ; Aye-aye ; Mantis shrimp ; Bone-eating worm ; Tiger beetle -- You can't let them get away that easily, can you?. Bolas spider ; Velvet worm ; Geography cone snail ; Lamprey ; Assassin bug -- A few parting words.
"On a barren seafloor, the pearlfish swims into the safety of a sea cucumber&#x;s anus. To find a meal, the female bolas spider releases pheromones that mimic a female moth, luring male moths into her sticky lasso web. The Glyptapanteles wasp injects a caterpillar with her young, which feed on the victim, erupt out of it, then mind-control the poor (and somehow still living) schmuck into protecting them from predators. These are among the curious critters of The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar, a jaunt through evolution's most unbelievable, most ingenious solutions to the problems of everyday life, from trying to get laid to finding food. Join Wired science writer Matt Simon as he introduces you to the creatures that have it figured out, the ones that joust with their mustaches or choke sharks to death with snot, all in a wild struggle to survive and, of course, find true love."

De-extinction : the science of bringing lost species back to life

February 9, 2017
Hirsch, Rebecca E., author.
Minneapolis, MN : Twenty-First Century Books, [2017]
120 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The last bucardo -- Resurrecting the mammoth -- Mammoth 2.0 -- From billions to zero -- The great passenger pigeon comeback -- Hopes and fears -- The frozen zoo.

The book that changed America : how Darwin's theory of evolution ignited a nation

February 1, 2017
Fuller, Randall, 1963- author.
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
x, 294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I: Origins -- The Book from Across the Atlantic -- Gray's Botany -- Beetles, Birds, Theories -- Word of Mouth -- Making a Stir -- A Night at the Lyceum -- The Nick of Time -- Part II: Struggles -- Bones of Contention -- Agassiz -- The What-Is-It? -- A Spirited Conflict -- Into the Vortex -- Tree of Life -- A Jolt of Recognition -- Wildfires -- Part III: Adaptations -- Discord in Concord -- Moods -- Meditations in a Garden -- The Succession of Forest Trees -- Races of the Old World -- A Cold Shudder -- Part IV: Transformations -- At Down House -- The Ghost of John Brown -- In the Transcendental Graveyard.
Traces the impact of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" on a diverse group of writers, abolitionists, and social reformers, including Henry David Thoreau and Bronson Alcott, against a backdrop of growing tensions and transcendental idealism in 1860 America.

Invasive insects and diseases

January 30, 2017
Duling, Kaitlyn, author.
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Invasion of the tree snatchers -- The ants have landed -- You're invited -- Aliens are everywhere.

Ninja plants : survival and adaptation in the plant world

January 27, 2017
Blevins, Wiley, author.
Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, [2016]
96 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
P.U., you stink! (No, seriously dude. . . take a bath) -- Feed me! -- Kung fu and a tree, too -- I'm a bug (wink-wink), so buzz on over -- If a possum can play dead, so can I -- Rock, paper, . . . plant? -- Let's get a move on -- Firefighting hunks -- No way, Jose! -- Plant-pourri.

Bird watcher's digest butterflies backyard guide : identify, watch, attract, nurture, save

January 26, 2017
Gettler, Erin, 1982- author.
Minneapolis, MN : Cool Springs Press, 2017.
160 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Includes index.

Lesser spotted animals : the coolest creatures you've never heard of

January 12, 2017
Brown, Martin, 1959- author, illustrator.
New York : Scholastic Inc., 2017.
52 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
Find out all about the amazing animals you need to know but never get to see, from the numbat to the zorilla, and everything in between.

Ancient skies, ancient trees

January 6, 2017
Moon, Beth, photographer.
New York : Abbeville Press Publishers, 2016.
114 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.

Peterson field guide to birds of northern Central America : Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

January 5, 2017
Fagan, Jesse, author.
ix, 438 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 19 cm

Goldilocks and the water bears : the search for life in the universe

January 4, 2017
Preston, Louisa, author.
288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Includes index.
A brave new world -- Life as we know it -- How to create a planet fit for life -- The story of life -- Alien worlds on our doorstep -- Everything is relative! -- Searching the solar system -- Extraterrestrial worlds : life not as we know it -- Is the truth really out there? -- The next generation.
Ultimately, we need to figure out what is next for humanity. Our logical move is to break free of the confines of the Earth and colonise another body in the Solar System, such as the Moon or Mars. How and when will we do this? Or is it all just science fiction? These questions, in a nutshell, make up the core of astrobiology--the study of the origins and evolution and biology of life elsewhere in the universe, and the search for it. This book is an accessible introduction to this most fascinating of all the astro-sciences--are we alone in the Universe?

Bird brain : an exploration of avian intelligence

January 4, 2017
Emery, Nathan, 1971- author.
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 26 cm
Simultaneously published by Ivy Press, Lewes, East Sussex, UK.
"This book was conceived, designed and produced by Ivy Press"--Title page verso.
Foreword -- Introduction -- From birdbrain to feathered ape -- Where did I hide that worm? -- Getting the message across -- Feathered friends (and enemies) -- The right tool for the job -- Know thyself and others -- No longer birdbrains.

Gods, wasps, and stranglers : the secret history and redemptive future of fig trees

January 4, 2017
Shanahan, Mike, author.
White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016.
196 pages ; 23 cm
Snakes and ladders & tantalising figs -- Trees of life, trees of knowledge -- A long seduction -- banyans and the birth of botany -- Botanical monkeys -- Sex & violence in the hanging gardens -- Struggles for existence -- Goodbye to the gardeners, hello to the heat -- From dependence to domination -- The war of the trees -- The testimony of volcanoes -- Once destroyed, forever lost? -- A wedding invitation.

The telomere effect : a revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer

December 27, 2016
Blackburn, Elizabeth H. (Elizabeth Helen), 1948- author.
398 pages : illustrations , 24 cm
Telomeres : a pathway to living younger -- How prematurely aging cells make you look, feel, and act old -- The power of long telomeres -- Telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres -- Unraveling : how stress gets into your cells -- Mind your telomeres : negative thinking, resilient thinking -- When blue turns to gray : depression and anxiety -- Training your telomeres : how much exercise is enough? -- Tired telomeres : from exhaustion to restoration -- Telomeres weigh in : a healthy metabolism -- Treating your telomeres : foods for optimal cell health -- The places and faces that support our telomeres -- Pregnancy : cellular aging begins in the womb -- Childhood matters for life : how the early years shape telomeres.
"A groundbreaking book coauthored by the Nobel Prize winner who discovered telomerase and telomeres' role in the aging process and the health psychologist who has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life."--Provided by publisher.

The wood for the trees : one man's long view of nature

December 21, 2016
Fortey, Richard A., author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
xii, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
April -- May -- June -- July -- August -- September -- October -- November -- December -- January -- February -- March.
Scientist Richard Fortey chronicles what he found on his four acres of woodland in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England over the course of one year.

100 plants to feed the bees : provide a healthy habitat to help pollinators thrive

December 20, 2016
Xerces Society, author.
239 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm

My family and other animals

December 15, 2016
Durrell, Gerald, 1925-1995.
New York : Penguin Books, 2004.
xiii, 273 pages ; 20 cm
"As seen on Masterpiece PBS" --Cover.
When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but ended up as a delightful account of Durrell's family's experiences, from the many eccentric hangers-on to the ceaseless procession of puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies into their home.

Evolution : a visual record

December 14, 2016
Clark, Robert, 1961- photographer.
London ; New York, NY : Phaidon Press, 2016.
239 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
These views of life / David Quammen -- Darwin, Wallace, and the birth of a theory / Joseph Wallace -- Ancient history -- Birds : selection, natural and artificial -- Diversity in cold blood -- Plants : evolution blooms -- Insects : adaptation in abundance -- Mammals : a web of connection -- Human origins -- The evolution of evolution.
Through 200 revelatory images, award-winning photographer Robert Clark makes one of the most important foundations of science clear and exciting to everyone. Evolution: A Visual Record transports readers from the near-mystical (human ancestors) to the historic (the famous 'finches' Darwin collected on the Galápagos Islands that spurred his theory); the recently understood (the link between dinosaurs and modern birds) to the simply astonishing.

The hidden lives of owls : the science and spirit of nature's most elusive birds

November 30, 2016
Calvez, Leigh, author.
Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, [2016]
xvi, 205 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
A comparison of owls by size -- Introduction -- Neighbors : northern saw-whet owls -- Flames of the forest : flammulated owls -- Ukpik : snowy owls -- Rarely spotted : northern spotted owls -- Opportunistic : barred owls -- Underground : burrowing owls -- Synchronicity : northern pygmy owls -- The long and short of Eide Road : long-eared and short-eared owls -- Thinking like an owl : great gray owls with great horned owls -- Notes from the field : insights from an owl -- Acknowledgments -- Owl resources.

The aliens are coming! : the extraordinary science behind our search for life in the universe

November 22, 2016
Miller, Ben, 1966- author.
293 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom by Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group"--Title-page verso.
Extremophiles -- SETI -- Planets -- Universes -- Life -- Humans -- Aliens -- Messages.
"The Aliens Are Coming! is a refreshingly clear, hugely entertaining guide to the search for alien life. Miller looks everywhere for insight, from the Big Bang's sea of energy that somehow became living matter, to the equations that tell us Earth is not so rare, to the clues bacteria hold to how life started. And he makes the case that our growing understanding of life itself will help us predict whether it exists elsewhere, what it might look like, and when we might find it"--


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