The biology list publishes books on topics that range across the life sciences. It has historic and core strengths in ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavioral biology alongside emerging strengths in biological anthropology, microbiome science, global change biology, and computational and mathematical biology. We publish across genres, from monographs and textbooks to works of popular science that introduce nonexperts to exciting, relevant ideas in biology.
Whenever possible, the list foregrounds books that take a broad and integrative approach and that cross traditional divides, such as those between theory and empiricism, molecular and organismal topics, and biology and other fields.
Kathryn Paige Harden on The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality
In recent years, scientists like Kathryn Paige Harden have shown that DNA makes us different, in our personalities and in our health—and in ways that matter for educational and economic success in our current society.
Listen in: The Secret Body
Imagine knowing years in advance whether you are likely to get cancer or having a personalized understanding of your individual genes, organs, and cells. Imagine being able to monitor your body’s well-being, or have a diet tailored to your microbiome.
The birth of biology
It is impossible to pinpoint the precise moment when the first notions of our modern understanding of biology emerged. Our interest in the natural world is not a new phenomenon—a preoccupation with reproduction, birth, and the nature of disease, as well as descriptions of animal and plant species, can be traced back to ancient times.
Listen in: Delicious
Start listening to Chapter 1 of Delicious by Rob Dunn and Monica Sanchez—a savory account of how the pursuit of delicious foods shaped human evolution.
A cordial invitation to explore the science and history of flavor
Nature, it has been said, invites us to eat by appetite and rewards by flavor. But what exactly are flavors? Why are some so pleasing while others are not?
Jeremy DeSilva on A Most Interesting Problem
On February 24, 1871 Charles Darwin published The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, a follow-up to his most famous book On the Origin of Species.