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Reading a good book is an important piece in the foundation of any education. What better way to learn than from those who have done the research for you and have made it available to you? This is a selection of our favorite books and we'd like to share them with you!

 

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Sex in the SeaSex in the Sea
Marah J. Hardt, 2016
A staggering exploration of the way life begets life beneath the waves while connecting the issues of sustainable oceans.
Feathers: Displays of Brilliant PlumageFeathers: Displays of Brilliant Plumage
Robert Clark, Carl Zimmer, 2016
A captivating perspective of the vast beauty of a seemingly simple thing: the feather.
Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for LifeHalf-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life
Edward O. Wilson, 2016
A provocative and urgent call to save the planet and its species.
Pollination PowerPollination Power
Heather Angel, 2016
From the wings of moths to the feet of hoverflies and the head feathers of nectar-seeking birds, the process of pollination is a natural marvel.
Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of DolphinsVoices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins
Susan Casey, 2015
Exploring a watery world of intriguing creatures and the people they captivate.
Beyond Words: What Animals Think and FeelBeyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
Carl Safina, 2015
An intimate view of animal behavior that challenges fixed boundaries between humans and animals.
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New WorldThe Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf, 2015
A look at a visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world and created modern environmentalism.
The Story of Life in 25 FossilsThe Story of Life in 25 Fossils
Donald R. Prothero, 2015
The twenty-five fossils portrayed in this book show animals in their evolutional splendor-every fossil tells a story.
BiophiliaBiophilia
Christopher Marely, 2015
A passionate engagement with the beautiful forms in nature. This is a must-have for nature lovers.
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of ConsciousnessThe Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
Sy Montgomery, 2015
An emotional and physical exploration into the complex and intelligent world of the octopus.
Bee Time: Lessons from the HiveBee Time: Lessons from the Hive
Mark L. Winston , 2014
The experience of an apiary comes alive with lessons from three decades spent studying bees.
The Birds of PandemoniumThe Birds of Pandemonium
Michele Raffin, 2014
Amazing stories make up the heart of this book teaching us volumes about humans and animals.
Book of eggsThe Book of Eggs
Mark E. Hauber, 2014
A fabulous reference book full of facts and details with every image in lovely color. See what inspired countless biologists, ecologists, ornithologists and artists. On every page, it's spring!
sixth extinctionThe Sixth Extinction
Elizabeth Kolbert, 2014
A major book about the future blending intellectual and natural history with field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.
BonoboThe Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism among the Primates
Frans de Waal, 2013
Primatologist de Waal shows evidence that social primates, like humans, are essentially good and motivated by survival benefits of living within the group.
GinkoGinkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot
Peter Crane, 2013
The ginkgo tree has remained unchanged since the age of the dinosaurs. Botanist Crane reminds us that plants, like people, can hide surprising life stories.
World of InsectsA World of Insects: The Harvard University Press Reader (2012)
Ring T. Carde & Vincent H. Resh
This is an excellent anthology of groundbreaking studies in entomology. If you're at all interested in insects or have children who are into nature, this book is for you.
Evolurtion Making Sense ofEvolution: Making Sense of Life (2012)
Carl Zimmer & Douglas Emlen
This book will inspire students and develop a solid foundation in evolutionary biology while showing why evolution makes such brilliant sense.
Now That's Wild Horseshoe CrabsHorseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind (2011)
Richard Fortey
From one of the world's leading natural scientists comes a wonderful chronicle of organisms that have survived almost unchanged throughout time.
Now That's Wild What A Plant KnowsWhat A Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses (2012)
Daniel Chamovitz
Director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University, Mr. Chamovitz provides a fascinating explanation of how plants survive.
The Greatest Show on EarthThe Greatest Show On Earth (2010)
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins presents a straight forward explanation of the evidence of evolution.
Why Evolution is TrueWhy Evolution Is True (2009)
Jerry A. Coyne,
University of Chicago Evolutionary Geneticist
Jerry Coyne delivers a clear scientific explanation of evolution.
Your Inner FishYour Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (2008)
Neil Shubin
A compelling account of the vestiges of evolution present in the anatomy of humans.
Deep AncestryDeep Ancestry (2006)
Spencer Wells
A landmark DNA quest to decipher our human distant past.
Endless Forms Most BeautifulEndless Forms Most Beautiful (2005)
Sean B. Carroll
Sean Carroll is very good at explaining the invisible rules for building animals and humans. An excellent introduction to evolution through developmental mechanisms and gives non-specialists a good view of regulatory genes.
The Ancestor's TaleThe Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life (2004)
Richard Dawkins
This is a fantastic walk backwards through time to meet each of our ancestors. No one does a clear explanation of evolutionary biology like Professor Richard Dawkins.
Evolution: The Triumph of an IdeaEvolution: The Triumph of an Idea (2001)
Carl Zimmer
This pick is a well-written volume to the critically acclaimed PBS NOVA mini-series and a mesmerizing introduction to contemporary evolutionary biology.
Genome: The Autobiography of a SpeciesGenome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters (1999)
Matt Ridley
A former science writer for the Economist, Mr. Ridley, inspired by Primo Levi's memoir using the periodic table, delivers a wonderful explanation of how traits that make us human are a product of our DNA. Ridley explores each of our 23 chromosomes that speak to different aspects of our humanity.
The Evolutionary Biology of PlantsThe Evolutionary Biology of Plants (1997)
Karl J. Niklas
A comprehensive synthesis of modern evolutionary biology as it relates to plants. This is a great book for undergraduates investigating how plants evolved.
Darwin's Dangerous IdeaDarwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life (1995)
Daniel Dennett
A true work of academia. This book requires most careful attention especially for those without a scientific or philosophical background but is a fantastic read.
The Private Life of PlantsThe Private Life of Plants (1995)
David Attenborough
Based on an immensely popular BBC program this book offers an intimate view of the private life of plants and will please any reader exploring the natural world.
The Diversity of LifeThe Diversity of Life (1992)
Edward O. Wilson
Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Wilson explores the rising of biodiversity.
Wonderful LifeWonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History (1989)
Stephen Jay Gould
A wonderful work examining the "Cambrian explosion". Although many of Gould's points have been questioned the point remains that fluke and serendipity have profoundly influenced the history of life.
On the Origin of SpeciesOn The Origin of Species (1859)
Charles Darwin
Despite being published before the discovery of DNA this classic remains a robust description of evolution.
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