Summer reading: Science books you NEED to read!

Just in time for summer!

The SBCC Bio-Club members, biology faculty and mentors have recommended some of their favorite reading for students who are passionate or curious about biology.  Enjoy!

If a book is owned by the library, a link to the title is provided. To search for books on your own, feel free to explore our full  catalog of books.

Blake Barron (Animal Biology, Biology of Sex)
The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution by Richard Dawkins
*A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
*How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn’t Have to be Forever by Jack Horner
On the Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley

Kris Burnell (Biology,  Animal Behavior)

*Omnivore’s Dilemma: a natural history of four meals by Michael Pollan

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley

Joe Connell (Bio Medical Science)

Foods and Nutrition Encyclopedia by Ensminger & Ensminger

Brett Leigh Dicks (Cell Biology)
Seen and Unseen: Discovering the Microbes of Yellowstone by Sheehan/Patterson/Dicks

Jim Doohan (Biology, Bio Medical Science)
The Best American Science Writing 2010 edited by Jerome Groupman

Kaniesia Evenson (Senior Lab Technician, Educator)
In Search of Nature by E.O. Wilson
The Diversity of Life by E. O. Wilson
The Origin: A Biographical Novel of Charles Darwin by Irving Stone
Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century by Howard Gardner
Darwin’s Orchestra: An Almanac of Nature in History and the Ants by Micheal Sims
Physiology Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit

Mike Masson (Bio Medical Science, Biology)
Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-billion-year history of the human body by Shubin
King Solomon’s Ring: New Light on Animal Ways by Lorenz
The Selfish Gene by Dawkins
*The Blind Watchmaker: The evolutionary ideas of Richard Dawkins by Dawkins

Christine Melvin (Tutor for Bio Medical Science and Biology)

Acquiring Genomes: A Theory of the Origins of the Species by Lynn Margulis & Dorion Sagan

(Kaplan Medical) Anatomy Coloring Book by McCann, Wise

Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab by Christine Montross
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Judy Meyer (Medical Microbiology)
Rats, Lice & History by Hans Zinssciz
The Gospel of Germs: men, women, and the microbe. by Nancy Tomes
Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases: The Neglected Tropical Diseases and Their Impact on Global Health and Development by Peter J. Hotez

Michelle Paddack (Marine Biology, Oceanography, Biology)
The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen
Log From the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck
Under the Sea Wind: A Naturalist’s Picture of Ocean Life by Rachel Carson
What is Natural? Coral Reef Crisis by Jan Sapp
The Enchanted Braid by Osha Gray Davidson
Any poetry by Mary Oliver

Kathleen Whitney
Parasite Rex: inside the bizarre world of nature’s most dangerous creatures. by Carl Zimmer
Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams
Hooked: Pirates Poaching and the Perfect Fish by Bruce Knecnt

*Means that more than one instructor/mentor recommended it.