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Environmental Studies


Darwin's Fox and My Coyote


Holly Menino

A rare fox in the South American cordillera. A disappearing fox on an island off California. A common coyote in the Albany suburbs. How do these wild carnivores live? And what is it about the places they live that allows them to survive? Holly Menino joins up with three young scientists to find out... More


Earth Repair
A Transatlantic History of Environmental Restoration

Marcus Hall

Just as the restoration of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment sparked enormous controversy in the art world, so are environmental restorationists intensely divided when it comes to finding ways to rehabilitate damaged ecosystems. Although environmental restoration is quickly becoming a widespread pursuit... More


The Wild Within
Histories of a Landmark British Zoo

Andrew Flack

Established in 1836, the Bristol Zoo is the world’s oldest surviving zoo outside of a capital city and has frequently been at the vanguard of zoo innovation. In The Wild Within, Andrew Flack uses the experiences of the Bristol Zoo to explore the complex and ever-changing relationship between human... More


In Pursuit of Wild Edibles
A Forager's Tour

Jeffrey Greene

Today we care about the source of our food as much as the preparation, so it is no surprise that foodies have discovered wild edibles. From the most upscale restaurants in New York to humble farm stays in Europe, chefs and restaurant-goers alike are seeking pleasure in food found in the wild. In... More


Challenge of the Big Trees
The Updated History of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

William C. Tweed and Lary M. Dilsaver

Beginning in 1872 with the establishment of Yellowstone, national parks were set aside to preserve for future generations the most spectacular and inspirational features of the country. The best representative examples were sought out of major ecosystems, such as Yosemite, geologic forms, such as... More


Preserving the Desert
A History of Joshua Tree National Park

Lary M. Dilsaver

National parks are different from other federal lands in the United States. Beginning in 1872 with the establishment of Yellowstone, they were largely set aside to preserve for future generations the most spectacular and inspirational features of the country, seeking the best representative... More


Community-Based Collaboration
Bridging Socio-Ecological Research and Practice

edited by E. Franklin Dukes, Karen E. Firehock, and Juliana E. Birkhoff

The debate over the value of community-based environmental collaboration is one that dominates current discussions of the management of public lands and other resources. In Community-Based Collaboration: Bridging Socio-Ecological Research and Practice, the volume’s contributors offer an in-depth... More


Primates in the Real World
Escaping Primate Folklore and Creating Primate Science

Georgina M. Montgomery

The opening of this vital new book centers on a series of graves memorializing baboons killed near Amboseli National Park in Kenya in 2009--a stark image that emphasizes both the close emotional connection between primate researchers and their subjects and the intensely human qualities of the... More


At Home and Astray
The Domestic Dog in Victorian Britain

Philip Howell

Although the British consider themselves a nation of dog lovers, what we have come to know as the modern dog came into existence only after a profound, and relatively recent, transformation in that country’s social attitudes and practices. In At Home and Astray, Philip Howell focuses on Victorian... More


A Year in Rock Creek Park
The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC

Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Photographs by Susan Austin Roth

2015 IPPY Silver Medalist, Best Mid-Atlantic NonfictionTwice the size of Central Park, Rock Creek Park is the wild, wooded heart of Washington, DC, offering refuge from a frantic city pace to millions of visitors each year. Rock Creek Valley, which serves as the spine of the national park, has a... More


Mr. and Mrs. Dog
Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies

Donald McCaig

The New York Times–bestselling author Donald McCaig has established an expansive literary career, founded equally on books about working sheepdogs and the Civil War novels Jacob’s Ladder and Rhett Butler’s People, the official sequel to Gone with the Wind.In his new book, Mr. and Mrs. Dog, McCaig... More


The Golden-Bristled Boar
Last Ferocious Beast of the Forest

Jeffrey Greene

The wild boar appears to us as something straight out of a myth. But as Jeffrey Greene learned, these creatures are very real, living by night and, despite shrinking habitats and hordes of hunters, thriving on six continents. Greene purchased an eighteenth-century presbytery in a region of ponds... More


The Maximum of Wilderness
The Jungle in the American Imagination

Kelly Enright

Danger in the Congo! The unexplored Amazon! Long perceived as a place of mystery and danger, and more recently as a fragile system requiring our protection, the tropical forest captivated America for over a century. In The Maximum of Wilderness, Kelly Enright traces the representation of tropical... More


America's Wetland
An Environmental and Cultural History of Tidewater Virginia and North Carolina

Roy T. Sawyer

The geologically ancient Tidewater region of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina rests precariously atop millions of years of erosion from the nearby Appalachian Mountains. An immense wetland at near sea level, it is host to every conceivable body of fresh water, ranging from... More


Garbage In, Garbage Out
Solving the Problems with Long-Distance Trash Transport

Vivian E. Thomson

Your garbage is going places you’d never imagine. What used to be sent to the local dump now may move hundreds of miles by truck and barge to its final resting place. Virtually all forms of pollution migrate, subjected to natural forces such as wind and water currents. The movement of garbage,... More


The Barking Tree Frog and Other Curious Tales


Diane C. Tennant

Here’s something that doesn’t happen every millennium: Roughly 35 million years ago, a stray meteorite dropped out of the sky over Virginia and left an impact that helped shape one of the continent’s most distinctive coastlines. This scene of cataclysmic violence now lies beneath the calm waters of... More


What's Bugging You?
A Fond Look at the Animals We Love to Hate

Arthur V. Evans

We are told from the time we are children that insects and spiders are pests, when the truth is that most have little or no effect on us--although the few that do are often essential to our existence. Arthur Evans suggests we take a closer look at our slapped-at, stepped-on, and otherwise ignored... More


A Useful Dog


Donald McCaig

Alternately comical, melancholic, pragmatic, and poetic, Donald McCaig’s collection AUseful Dog offers a delightful exploration of the simple yet rich relationship between dogs and humans. Having cast aside urban life in the 1970s in favor of working and living on a sheep farm in Virginia, McCaig... More


Millipedes and Moon Tigers
Science and Policy in an Age of Extinction

Steve Nash

Millipedes and Moon Tigers explores those uneasy places where scientific research meets public policy-making--and the resulting human effect on our natural and historical landscapes. Steve Nash’s eye gravitates toward those specific, contemporary stories whose relevance does not diminish with a... More


Skinny Dipping
And Other Immersions in Water, Myth, and Being Human

Janet Lembke

The author of the acclaimed Dangerous Birds followed that success with a new collection of essays on the natural world, these connected by the theme of water: exploring issues as varied as the joy that water brings, the wistful rememberings it engenders, and its sacredness. As with all of Lembke’s... More


Shorewords
A Collection of American Women's Coastal Writings

Susan A. C. Rosen

Emily Dickinson, Lucille Clifton, Rachel Carson, and Gretel Ehrlich: They hail from different regions, employ widely divergent writing styles, and are not known primarily as nature writers. Yet in Shorewords, Susan A. C. Rosen has compiled an imaginative and beautifully balanced anthology of... More