Book cover of Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet by Ben Goldfarb
Biological Sciences

Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet

Some 40 million miles of roadways encircle the earth, yet we tend to regard them only as infrastructure for human convenience. While roads are so ubiquitous they’re practically invisible to us, wild animals experience them as entirely alien forces of death and disruption. In Crossings, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb travels throughout the United States and around the world to investigate how roads have transformed our planet. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Creative Lives of Animals by Carol Gigliotti
Biological Sciences

The Creative Lives of Animals

The surprising, fascinating, and remarkable ways that animals use creativity to thrive in their habitats

Most of us view animals through a very narrow lens, seeing only bits and pieces of beings that seem mostly peripheral to our lives. However, whether animals are building a shelter, seducing a mate, or inventing a new game, animals’ creative choices affect their social, cultural, and environmental worlds. […Learn More]

Book cover of Koala: The Extraordinary Life of an Enigmatic Animal by Danielle Clode
Biological Sciences

Koala: The Extraordinary Life of an Enigmatic Animal

An Australian biologist delves into the extraordinary world of koalas, from their ancient ancestors to the current threats to their survival.

Koalas regularly appeared in Australian biologist Danielle Clode’s backyard, but it was only when a bushfire threatened that she truly paid them attention. She soon realized how much she had to learn about these complex and mysterious animals. […Learn More]

Book cover of Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change by Thor Hanson
Biological Sciences

Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change

A beloved natural historian explores how climate change is driving evolution  

In Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid, biologist Thor Hanson tells the remarkable story of how plants and animals are responding to climate change: adjusting, evolving, and sometimes dying out. Anole lizards have grown larger toe pads, to grip more tightly in frequent hurricanes.  […Learn More]

Book cover of The Jewel Box: How Moths Illuminate Nature’s Hidden Rules by Tim Blackburn
Biological Sciences

The Jewel Box: How Moths Illuminate Nature’s Hidden Rules

A plastic box with a lightbulb attached may seem like an odd birthday present. But for ecologist Tim Blackburn, a moth trap is a captivating window into the world beyond the roof terrace of his London flat. Whether gaudy or drab, rare or common, each moth ensnared by the trap is a treasure with a story to tell. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Devil's Element: Phosphorus and a World Out of Balance by Dan Egan

The Devil’s Element: Phosphorus and a World Out of Balance

Phosphorus has played a critical role in some of the most lethal substances on earth: firebombs, rat poison, nerve gas. But it’s also the key component of one of the most vital: fertilizer, which has sustained life for billions of people. In this major work of explanatory science and environmental journalism, Pulitzer Prize finalist Dan Egan investigates the past, present, and future of what has been called “the oil of our time.” […Learn More]

Book cover of Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains by Bethany Brookshire
Biological Sciences

Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains

An engrossing and revealing study of why we deem certain animals “pests” and others not—from cats to rats, elephants to pigeons—and what this tells us about our own perceptions, beliefs, and actions, as well as our place in the natural world

A squirrel in the garden. A rat in the wall. A pigeon on the street. Humans have spent so much of our history drawing a hard line between human spaces and wild places. When animals pop up where we don’t expect or want them, we respond with fear, rage, or simple annoyance. It’s no longer an animal. It’s a pest. […Learn More]

Book cover of Wild New World: The Epic Story of Animals and People in America by Dan Flores
Biological Sciences

Wild New World: The Epic Story of Animals and People in America 

A deep-time history of animals and humans in North America, by the best-selling and award-winning author of Coyote America.

In 1908, near Folsom, New Mexico, a cowboy discovered the remains of a herd of extinct giant bison. By examining flint points embedded in the bones, archeologists later determined that a band of humans had killed and butchered the animals 12,450 years ago. […Learn More]