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Evolution & Ecology
Biology 3133
Instructor: C. Ray Chandler

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If you would like to learn more about genetics, evolution, and ecology the old-fashioned way, here are some books that will help you get started.


Cavalli-Sforza, L., P. Menozzi, and A. Piazza. 1996. The history and geography of human genes (abridged). Princeton University Press. 428 pp.

Henig, R. M. 2001. The monk in the garden: the lost and found genius of of Gregor Mendel. Mariner Books. 292 pp.

Keller, E. F. 2000. The century of the gene. Harvard University Press. 186 pp.

Marks, J. 2002. What it means to be 98% chimpanzee. University of California Press. 325 pp.

Reilly, P. R. 2000. Abraham Lincoln's DNA and other adventures in genetics. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. 358 pp.

Ridley, M. 2000. Genome: the autobiography of a species in 23 chapters. Harper Collins. 352 pp.

Ridley, M. 2003. Nature via nurture: genes, experience and what makes us human. Harper Collins. 320 pp.

Sykes, B. 2001. The seven daughters of eve: the science that reveals our genetic ancestry. W. W. Norton. 320 pp.

Watson, J.D., and A. Berry. 2003. DNA: the secret of life. Alfred Knopf. 416 pp.


Alters, B.J., and S. Alters. 2001. Defending evolution: a guide to the evolution/creation controversy. Jones and Bartlett. 262 pp.

Barber, N. 2002. The science of romance:secrets of the sexual brain. Prometheus Books.

Cavalli-Sforza, L. L. 2000. Genes, peoples, and languages. North Point Press. 228 pp.

Courtillot, V. 1999. Evolutionary catastrophes. Cambridge University Press. 200 pp.

Dawkins, R. 2004. The ancestor's tale: a pilgrimage to the dawn of evolution. Houghton Mifflin. 688 pp.

Diamond, J. 1992. The third chimpanzee: the evolution and future of the human animal. Harper Collins. 407 pp.

Eldredge, N. 2000. The triumph of evolution and the failure of creationsim. W. H. Freeman. 224 pp.

Etcoff, N. L. 1999. Survival of the prettiest: the science of beauty. Doubleday. 288 pp.

Fortey, R. 1999. A natural history of the first four billion years of life on earth. Vintage Books. 400 pp.

Gould, S. J., ed. 2001. The book of life: an illustrated history of the evolution of life on earth. W. W. Norton. 256 pp.

Hrdy, S. B. 1981. The woman that never evolved. Harvard University Press. 256 pp.

Jones, S. 2000. Darwin's ghost: the origin of species updated. Random House. 377 pp.

Klein, R. 1989. The human career. University of Chicago Press.

Knoll, J.H. 2003. Life on a young planet. Princeton University Press.

Leakey, R., and R. Lewin. 1996. The sixth extinction: patterns of life and the future of humankind. Anchor Books.

Mayr, E. 2001. What evolution is. Basic Books. 336 pp.

Miller, J. 1982. Darwin for beginners. Pantheon Books.

Mindell, D.P. 2006. The evolving world: evolution in everyday life. Harvard University Press. 270 pp.

Moore, J. 2004. The puzzling origin of AIDS. American Scientist 92(6):540-547.

Palumbi, S. R. 2001. The evolution explosion: how humans cause rapid evolutionary change. W. W. Norton.

Pigliucci, M. 2002. Denying evolution: creationism, scientism, and the nature of science. Sinauer. 338 pp.

Rodgers, J.E. 2001. Sex: a natural history. W.H. Freeman.

Ruse, M. 1982. Darwinism defended: a guide to the evolution controversies. Addison-Wesley.

Ruse, M. 2000. Can a Darwinian be a Christian? The relationship between science and religion. Cambridge University Press. 272 pp.

Ruse, M. 2005. The evolution-creation struggle. Harvard University Press. 336 pp.

Schilthuizen, M. 2001. Frogs, flies and dandelions: the making of species. Oxford University Press, New York.

Southwood, T.R.E. 2003. The story of life. Oxford University Press. 272 pp.

Weiner, J. 1995. Beak of the finch. Vintage Books. 332 pp.

Zuk, M. 2002. Sexual selections: what we can and can't learn about sex from animals. University of California Press. 250 pp.


Buckman, R. 2003. Human wildlife: the life that lives on us. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Crosby, A. W. 1986. Ecological imperialism: the biological expansion of Europe, 900-1900. Cambridge University Press. 368 pp.

Dodson, S. I., and K. Elliot. 1999. Readings in ecology. Oxford University Press. 461 pp.

Flannery, T. 2001. The eternal frontier: an ecological history of North America and its people. Atlantic Monthly Press. 368 pp.

Krebs, C. J., S. Boutin, and R. Boonstra, eds. 2001. Ecosystem dynamics of the boreal forest: the Kluane project. Oxford Univ. Press. 544 pp.

Leigh, E.G., Jr., and C. Ziegler. 2003. A magic web. Oxford Univ. Press. 292 pp.

Leopold, A. 1949. A Sand County almanac. Oxford University Press.

McFarlane, R. W. 1992. A stillness in the pines: the ecology of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker. W. W. Norton. 270 pp.

Pimm, S. L. 2001. The world according to Pimm: a scientist audits the earth. McGraw-Hill. 285 pp.

Quammen, D. 1997. The song of the dodo. Touchstone Books. 704 pp.

Ray, J. 1999. Ecology of a cracker childhood. Milkweed Editions. 285 pp.

Ricklefs, R. E. 2001. The economy of nature, 5th ed. W. H. Freeman. 550 pp.

Spielman, A., and M. D'Antonio. 2001. Mosquito: a natural history of our most persistent and deadly foe. Hyperion.

Wilson, E. O. 1992. The diversity of life. Belknap Press. 424 pp.

Wison, E. O. 2002. The future of life. Alfred Knopf. 256 pp.

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