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Cayley and son: the life and art of Neville Henry Cayley and Neville William Cayley.Artist/Author: Olsen, Penny.
The first monograph on the Cayleys. This skillfully researched and handsomely produced book charts the lives and works of this Australian father-and-son pair of bird artists. Neville Henry, peripatetic, often impecunious and with a reputation for hard drinking, was nevertheless a highly talented artist. His son Neville William, buoyant in personality, sometimes outspoken and argumentative, was a pioneer of the surf lifesaving movement before turning his attention to the painting of birds. With a superbly written Foreword by Andrew Isles who has handled more Neville Cayley paintings than any other person.
Penny Olsen is a research scientist and natural history writer. Based at the Australian National University in Canberra, she is the author of numerous publications including Glimpses of Paradise: The Quest for the Beautiful Parrakeet (2007), A Brush with Birds: Bird Art in the National Library of Australia (2008) and Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australias Curious Animals (2010).
The black rhinos of Namibia: searching for survivors in the African desert.Artist/Author: Bass, Rick.
WAS $32. Follow Bass on his far-flung adventure in southwest Africa on the trail of a fascinating and vulnerable species. Driven to the brink of extinction by poaching and war, human intervention and cutting-edge conservation has saved the black rhinos, for now. Against the backdrop of one of the most ancient and harshest terrains on earth, Bass, with his characteristic insight and grace, probes the complex relationship between humans and nature and meditates on our role as both destroyer and saviour.
Lichen Biology (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Nash, Thomas H.
Lichens are symbiotic organisms in which fungi and algae and/or cyanobacteria form an intimate biological union. This diverse group is found in almost all terrestrial habitats from the tropics to polar regions. In this second edition, four completely new chapters cover recent developments in the study of these fascinating organisms, including lichen genetics and sexual reproduction, stress physiology and symbiosis, and the carbon economy and environmental role of lichens. The whole text has been fully updated, with chapters covering anatomical, morphological and developmental aspects; the contribution of the unique secondary metabolites produced by lichens to medicine and the pharmaceutical industry; patterns of lichen photosynthesis and respiration in relation to different environmental conditions; the role of lichens in nitrogen fixation and mineral cycling; and the use of lichens as indicators of air pollution. This is a valuable reference for both students and researchers interested in lichenology.
- Contains new chapters on sexual reproduction; stress physiology and symbiosis; the carbon economy of lichens; and the environmental role of lichens
- Carefully selected team of chapter authors ensures authoritative and even coverage
- Comprehensive coverage (including anatomy, morphology, physiology, ecology, systematics), and fully updated throughout
Parasites, people, and places: essays of field parasitology.Artist/Author: Esch, Gerald W.
Professor Gerald W. Esch is one of the world’s leading ecological parasitologists. Here, he presents a series of essays on classic examples of field parasitology. The essays focus on the significance of the work and its contribution to the field but also on the people and particularly the sites at which the work took place. Taken together, the essays represent a beautifully written account of the development of an entire field of scientific endeavour spanning a period of 50 years or more. The essays are not meant to be academic in a scientific sense, but there is a great deal of science in them. The book will be of great value to all parasitologists and ecologists, but also to anyone interested in how biological field work is carried out and how it contributes to greater understanding of the natural world.
The evolution of agency and other essays.Artist/Author: Sterelny, Kim.
A collection of linked essays on the topic of biological evolution. The first half of the book explores most of the main theoretical controversies about evolution and selection, while the second half applies some of these ideas in considering cognitive evolution. Together, the essays form a coherent whole that defends not just an overall conception of evolution, but also a distinctive take on cognitive evolution.
The ends of the earth an anthology of the finest writing on: the Arctic: and the Antarctic.Artist/Author: Kolbert, Elizabeth and Francis Spufford, editors.
WAS $55. Two books in one. The Arctic is edited by Elizabeth Kolbert. The Antarctic is edited by Francis Spufford. This outstanding anthology includes writing by legendary polar explorers as well as by such contemporary writers as Jon Krakauer, Jack London, Diane Ackerman, Barry Lopez, and Ursula K. LeGuin.
Darwin’s legacy: what evolution means today.Artist/Author: Dupre, John A.
WAS $35. Demonstrates that though aspects of evolutionary theory remain controversial, and issues remain to be settled, there can no longer be any doubt that the basis of the theory is true. Dupre examines the consequences of this for our view of human nature, religion, and non-human animals. He also investigates the appropriation of evolutionary biology by psychologists, finding their claims to be largely spurious.
The tree: a natural history of what trees are, how they live, and why they matter.Artist/Author: Tudge, Colin.
WAS $50. One of Britain’s most highly regarded science writers looks at trees in exquisite, comprehensive detail: what they are, how they live, how they came into being, and the communities known as forests where they live.
Conserving marine environments: out of sight, out of mind.Artist/Author: Hutchings, Pat and Daniel Lunney, editors.
WAS $60. Transactions of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. A series of papers resulting from a one day forum held in October 2002 by the Royal Zoological Society. This book is a high water mark in capturing the range of skills that are needed to see and conserve out marine environments.
Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act?Artist/Author: Hutchings, Pat.
WAS $60. Transactions of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. A collection of papers from the 2003 Royal Zoological Society forum in which speakers addressed different aspects of threatened species legislation, from the question of assessing the certainty of the scientists on the committees which decide which species should be on the lists, to the impact on various affected parties, including government agencies, consultants and community groups. A centerpiece is the view from those who look at the effectiveness of the law, whether from the legal angle or from the biologist coming to grips with the law as an instrument to conserve biodiversity.
Conservation of Australia’s forest fauna.Artist/Author: Lunney, Daniel, editor.
WAS $60. Transactions of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. An all new, fully revised and outstanding series of papers on current issues in the conservation of forest fauna. The book contains over 1000 pages and more than 60 articles from Australia’s leading forest ecologists. This volume is essential for anyone interested in the management of our forest wildlife.
Animals of arid Australia: out on their own?Artist/Author: Dickman, Chris, Daniel Lunney and Shelley Burgin, editors.
WAS $75. Transactions of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. This book records an RZS forum that discussed whether the animals of arid Australia are ‘out on their own’ in terms of their unique adaptations for desert life, our distant view of them, and their prospects for the future. The arid zone of Australia is simply too large, too diverse and covered by too many jurisdictions to be encompassed by a single view. It was therefore appropriate that the forum drew together a wide range of skills and outlooks on the history, fauna and management of the arid lands of Australia. As editors, we were dazzled by wonderful photos in scientific presentations. We are delighted to be able to show the arid zone, and the animals in particular, in all their gorgeous colours, as well as to present images of how work is carried out by various researchers. All of this visual material contributes to our grasp of this vast stretch of Australia that is the home to so few Australians. We look forward to a blooming of interest in arid Australia, its diverse fauna and its diverse players.