Whats On My Nightstand-Biodiversity

Posted on March 22, 2018. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , |

Biodiversity is the variety of life in a particular place or ecosystem. It is the study of how all plants, animals, and microbes in an area interact and are dependent on each other.
Often what affects one species effects all the species. Why not check out one of these books to learn more?

9781631492525_p0_v4_s550x406Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life
by Edward O. Wilson

In his most urgent book to date, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and world-renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson states that in order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet.  Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature. Identifying actual regions of the planet that can still be reclaimed–such as the California redwood forest, the Amazon River basin, and grasslands of the Serengeti” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Noah Berlatsky, book editor.

Humankind has made terrific accomplishments on this Earth, but we have also been detrimental to other species who share their space with us. Our existence has caused extinction and biodiversity loss of epic proportions. It is essential that teens learn all they can about biodiversity, but this collection of essays takes it one step further; it introduces teens to the global community and its viewpoints on biodiversity. This gives them essential 21st century understanding of what is happening and what can be done about it. Readers will evaluate biodiversity and its relationship to economic development, wildlife, agriculture, and climate change. Countries and places explored include Myanmar, Palestine, the Galapagos Islands, Africa, Canada, Iraq, Japan, Taiwan, and Jamaica” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781101948330_p0_v1_s550x406What on Earth?: 100 of Our Planet’s Most Amazing New Species
by Quentin Wheeler and Sarah Pennak

A chameleon so tiny it can fit on your thumbnail? A spider named after David Bowie? A fungus that turns ants into zombies? What on Earth? is a compendium of the hundred coolest, weirdest, and most intriguing new species of this century as determined by the International Institute for Species Exploration. From animals to plants, fossils to bacteria, What on Earth? is an accessible, informative, and offbeat look at the creatures that also call our planet home, including- A dangerous cobra that can spit its venom almost ten feet A miniscule orchid that is less than a half-inch wide A rain-forest mushroom named after the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants A beautiful seahorse that changes colors to protect itself from predators A stick insect that is as long as a man’s arm Featuring visually striking images alongside surprising facts about each new species, What on Earth? is a testament to the incredible and ever-evolving diversity of our planet” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780226500829_p0_v1_s550x406What is biodiversity?
by James Maclaurin and Kim Sterelny.

In the life sciences, there is wide-ranging debate about biodiversity. While nearly everyone is in favor of biodiversity and its conservation, methods for its assessment vary enormously. So what exactly is biodiversity? Most theoretical work on the subject assumes it has something to do with species richness—with the number of species in a particular region—but in reality, it is much more than that. Arguing that we cannot make rational decisions about what it is to be protected without knowing what biodiversity is, James Maclaurin and Kim Sterelny offer in What Is Biodiversity? a theoretical and conceptual exploration of the biological world and how diversity is valued.
Here, Maclaurin and Sterelny explore not only the origins of the concept of biodiversity, but also how that concept has been shaped by ecology and more recently by conservation biology. They explain the different types of biodiversity important in evolutionary theory, developmental biology, ecology, morphology and taxonomy and conclude that biological heritage is rich in not just one biodiversity but many. Maclaurin and Sterelny also explore the case for the conservation of these biodiversities using option value theory, a tool borrowed from economics.
An erudite, provocative, timely, and creative attempt to answer a fundamental question, What Is Biodiversity? will become a foundational text in the life sciences and studies thereof” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780226481234_p0_v1_s550x406A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits in Biodiversity
by David Liittschwager ; foreword by E.O. Wilson.

Twelve inches by twelve inches by twelve inches, the cubic foot is a relatively tiny unit of measure compared to the whole world. With every step, we disturb and move through cubic foot after cubic foot. But behold the cubic foot in nature–from coral reefs to cloud forests to tidal pools–even in that finite space you can see the multitude of creatures that make up a vibrant ecosystem” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-Posted by Kevin Purtell


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