Guns, Germs, and Steel/Collapse- Book Reviews

Diamond, Jared. 2005. Collapse. Penguin Group, New York. 525 pp. Diamond, Jared. 1999. Guns, Germs, and Steel. W. W. Norton and Company, New York. 441 pp.   A major factor contributing to a society’s success or failure is its response to environmental problems. While some of these problems are determined geographically and escalate independently of... Continue Reading →


Microbe Hunters- Book Review

De Kruif, Paul. (1926). Microbe Hunters. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc. First published in 1926, Microbe Hunters follows the many adventures of the first scientists to discover and study microorganisms. Paul de Kruif starts off with Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), who biology students would recognize as a major contributor to the improvement of the microscope, and ends with Paul Ehrlich,... Continue Reading →

The Wolverine Way- Book Review

Chadwick, Douglas. (2010). The Wolverine Way. Ventura, CA: Patagonia Books. In 2004, Douglas Chadwick joined a 5-year wolverine study in Glacier National Park. In this book, he documents his time as part of this project. Chadwick documents the natural history of this remarkable animal and goes into detail about the experiment itself. While reading this book,... Continue Reading →

The Vital Question- Book Review

The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane Single-celled organisms like bacteria did (and still do) really well for two and a half billion years with very little change in form. Why did some bacteria then make the jump to complexity on just one occasion in four billion years?... Continue Reading →

A Planet of Viruses- Book Review

A Planet of Viruses by Carl Zimmer "Viruses are unseen but dynamic players in the ecology of Earth." Carl Zimmer originally wrote the essays contained in this book as an educational tool to help people understand more about viruses. This newly released second edition certainly educates. The Introduction traces the history of viruses as well... Continue Reading →

Interpreting Our Heritage- Book Review

Tilden, F. (2007). Interpreting Our Heritage, 4ed.  Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press. Freeman Tilden was an advocate of environmental education and is considered the originator of interpretation movement within national and state parks. This latest edition includes a new introduction section that gives a background of Tilden’s life and thought processes,... Continue Reading →

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