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Happy 2015!!! 

Reserve Books

If you have an extra copy of the textbook(s) that you are using this semester, I would encourage you to put it/them "on reserve" for students.  The form to do so can be found at

Library Instruction Sessions

Please call me (x6093) if you would like to schedule a library instruction session for your students.  These sessions can be tailored for the paper or project that your students are working on.   

Book/DVD Orders

Ordering stops in March.  If there is an item that you would like to see made available in the library's collection, please send me the title and ISBN number.

New Databases

We have two new databases, The Cochrane Library and Cochrane Clinical Answers.  The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases in medicine and other healthcare areas that summarize and interpret results of medical research.  Clinical Answers are evidence-based answers to clinical questions that support health professionals in decision making. The databases can be found by using the Article Databases link found on the library's home page and searching by Title.


Selected New Books/DVDs



Call Number

American Alligator: Ancient Predator in the Modern World

Ouchley, Kelby

QL666.C925 O93 2013

American Plains Bison: Rewilding an Icon

Bailey, James A.


An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar

Rabinowitz, Alan

QL737.C23 R324 2014

Blue Hope: Exploring and Caring for Earth's Magnificent Ocean

Earle, Sylvia A.

QH541.5.S3 E18 2014

Carson's Silent Spring: A Reader's Guide

Seager, Joni

QH545.P4 C385 2014

Discordant Village Voices: A Zambian 'Community-based' Wildlife Programme

Marks, Stuart A.

QH77.Z33 M374 2014

Farming with Native Beneficial Insects: Ecological Pest Control Solutions

The Xerces Society

SB976.I56 F37 2014

Fish Identification Tools for Biodiversity and Fisheries Assessments

FAO of United Nations

QL615 .F575 2013

Foundations of Macroecology: Classic Papers with Commentaries

Smith, Felisa A. et al (eds)

QH541.15.M23 F68 2014

Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible

Stuppy, Wolfgang

QK660 .S98 2013

Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land: Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty

Nabhan, Gary Paul

S613 .N33 2013

Invasive Species and Global Climate Change

Ziska, Lewis H., et al

QH353 .I586 2014

Life According to Sam


RC580.P7 L54 2014

Life on the Rocks: A Portrait of the American Mountain Goat

Smith, Bruce L.

QL737.U53 S63 2014

Madness and Memory: The Discovery of Prions--A New Biological Principle of Disease

Prusiner, Stanley B.

R690 .P78 2014

Outsider Scientists: Routes to Innovation in Biology

Harmen, Oren et al (eds)

QH26 .O98 2013

Quantitative Genetics in the Wild

Charmantier, Anne et al (eds)

QH452.7 .Q36 2014

The Bee: A Natural History

Wilson-Rich, Noah

QL568.A6 W55 2014

The Fish in the Forest: Salmon and the Web of Life

Stokes, Dale

QL638.S2 S845 2014

The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us

Ackerman, Diane

GF13 .A35 2014

The Oldest Living Things in the World

Sussman, Rachel

QH528.5 .S87 2014

The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change

Henson, Robert

QC981.8.C5 H4688 2014

The World of Birds

Elphick, Jonathan

QL673 .E467 2014

Trees of Western North America

Spellenberg, Richard et al

QK133 .S648 2014

Zoo Animal and Wildlife Immobilization and Anesthesia

West, Gary, et al

SF914 .Z66 2014


Web Sites of Interest

In a time of instant information, many scientists wonder why the publishing process still functions at such a glacial pace, with the time between  submission and publication of articles sometimes taking half a year or  more. bioRxiv (pronounced “bio-archive”), a preprint server for biology  published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, seeks to remedy this situation  by posting preprints of studies. While these papers will not be  peer-reviewed, and it will therefore be up to the reader to judge their  validity, proponents of the new system argue that it could be a support to  the slower peer-reviewed process as it will at least allow scientists to  examine one another’s results quickly. The site is easily searchable by  subject area, date, author, keyword, and title. Equally easy and
straightforward is the submission process for those interested in adding to  the archive. [CNH]

Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections

The University of Wisconsin, the University of Michigan, and the National Museum of Health and Medicine have come together to assemble one of the world's largest collections of well-preserved mammalian brains. Now readers can access photographs of the brains of over 100 different species and view stained sections of a variety of brains, including those of humans, sea lions, and otters. Readers can scout the site by the List of Specimens, which is organized both by common name and scientific name or read selections about Brain Sections, Brain Evolution, and Brain Development, among other topics. This site will be of interest to biology teachers or anyone with an interest in the fascinating world of mammalian brains. [CNH]

Wolfram Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine

Previously covered by the Scout Report in 2009, Wolfram Alpha, “the computational knowledge engine” is more astonishing than ever. The interface is deceptively simple. Just type what you want to know into the text field. For instance, “How many Buddhists are there?” returns not only the number of Buddhists worldwide (369 million); it also breaks the numbers down by country and provides a colorful world map. Another example: “health care Germany vs U.S.” returns a range of facts, figures, and graphs, including the amount each nation spends per person on health ($3,577 vs. $7,274). These are just the shallowest examples of what Wolfram Alpha can do, so its worth exploring with your specific needs in mind. [CNH]

The Encyclopedia of Earth: Biodiversity

The Encyclopedia of Earth, a project by the National Council for Science  and the Environment, was launched in 2006 as a “free, fully searchable  online resource on the Earth, its natural environments, and their  interaction with society.” Over 1,400 scholars from around the world have  contributed to the site to make it one of the most reliable sources for  environmental and policy information on the web. This link to the  Biodiversity section of the Encyclopedia opens a small universe of insights  into the diversity of life on our planet. Featured Articles are forefront  on the site, with topics such as Coral Reefs, Crustacea, or Habitat  Fragmentation. Each category opens to dozens of loosely related articles.  The Recently Updated section is another great place to start for those daunted by the variety of conceivable subjects related to biodiversity.  [CNH]

500 Pound Kangaroos Didn’t Hop, Skip, or Jump

Stop the hop: for huge ancient kangaroos, hopping was dicey

Extinct giant kangaroos did not hop… they walked

Meet the Lumbering, Quarter-Ton, Extinct Kangaroo

Monster Kangaroo Was a Walker, Not a Hopper

Procoptodon goliah - Australian Museum

Locomotion in Extinct Giant Kangaroos: Were Sthenurines Hop-Less Monsters?

Modern kangaroos move at astonishing speeds. An average male can tear across the Australian Outback at 44 miles per hour at a dash, nearly twice  the speed of an Olympic runner in the 100 meter sprint. They move comfortably at long distances (13 to 16 miles per hour), and can sustain a gait of 25 miles per hour for well over a mile. But it wasn’t always so.  According to a new study released in PLOS ONE this week, the ancient kangaroo sub-family sthenurine, which weighed upwards of 500 pounds and  stood over six feet tall, most likely didn’t hop much at all. According to Brown University paleontologist and lead author Christine Janis, biomechanics and statistical analysis of fossil bones show that these “hop-less monsters” probably walked in an upright and bipedal stance, a lot like people. Coming into their own about 13 million years ago, sthenurine kangaroos seem to have thrived in their ancient Australian environs before being wiped out 30,000 years ago, perhaps by climate or environmental change, or by overhunting from the humans that moved into the area around that time. [CNH]

Follow the first link to the Reuters coverage of this groundbreaking discovery in paleontology. The second, third, and fourth links - from theTelegraph, Time Magazine, and Discovery News, respectively - fill out the story, with quotes from lead author Christine Janis, an artist’s representation of the ancient, rabbit-faced marsupial, and reactions from other paleontologists in the field. Click on the fifth link to navigate to the Australian Museum’s coverage of the Procoptodon goliah, considered “the most extreme of the sthenurines. Lastly, peruse the paper itself, available in full from the online open source science journal, PLOS ONE.


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