Birdbooker Report 29

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“One cannot have too many good bird books”
–Ralph Hoffmann, Birds of the Pacific States (1927).


The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of wide variety of science, nature and behavior books that are or soon will be available for purchase. This report is written by one of my Seattle bird pals, Ian “Birdbooker” Paulsen, and is published here for your enjoyment. Here’s this week’s issue of the Birdbooker Report by which lists ecology, environment, natural history and bird books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.


FEATURED TITLE:

  1. Cheke, Anthony and Julian Hume. Lost Land of the Dodo: The Ecological History of Mauritius, Reunion, and Rodrigues. 2008. Yale University Press. Hardbound: 464 pages. Price: $55.00 U.S. [Amazon: $43.03]. SUMMARY: Anyone interested in island biogeography will want this book! GrrlScientist comment: This book looks absolutely fascinating, I know I want a copy VERY much!

New and Recent Titles:

  1. Dawkins, Richard. The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution. 2004. Houghton Mifflin. Paperback: 673 pages. Price: $16.95 U.S. [Amazon: $11.53]. SUMMARY: Dawkins examines how life on Earth evolved.
  2. Price, Trevor. Speciation In Birds. 2007. Roberts and Company Publishers. Paperback: 470 pages. Price: $59.95 U.S. [Amazon: $53.95]. SUMMARY: An up to date review on the subject of bird speciation. GrrlScientist comment: I reviewed this book on my blog and highly recommend it.
  3. Whitlock, Michael C. and Dolph Schluter. The Analysis of Biological Data. 2008. Roberts and Company Publishers. Hardbound: 700 pages. Price: $99.50 U.S. [Amazon: $71.64]. SUMMARY: A textbook that teaches statistics to biologists. GrrlScientist comment: Even though I took a few stats courses as an undergrad, I still think this is a book I should read.
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About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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