Editorial Director, Science
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.
Can we bring extinct species back?
Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, an evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ancient DNA research, addresses this intriguing question by walking readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction.
Listen in: A Series of Fortunate Events
A Series of Fortunate Events tells the story of the awesome power of chance and how it is the surprising source of all the beauty and diversity in the living world. Enjoy listening to this free audio sample, recorded by the author himself.
Sean B. Carroll on The Serengeti Rules
“The Serengeti Rules” won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Documentary during the 41st annual News and Documentary Awards ceremony on September 22 and was nominated as a finalist for best cinematography. In the fields of biological and environmental studies, Sean B. Carroll has made a name for himself not only as a scientist, writer, and educator, but as a storyteller.
A Series of Fortunate Events book trailer
Like every other species, we humans are here by accident. But it is shocking just how many things—any of which might never have occurred—had to happen in certain ways for any of us to exist.
Rethinking how we view and manage cancer
When we think of the forces driving cancer, we don’t necessarily think of evolution. But evolution and cancer are closely linked, for the historical processes that created life also created cancer.
In Dialogue with Susan Mattern and Richard Bribiescas: Reframing how we think about aging
Are we looking at male/female aging all wrong? Susan Mattern and Richard Bribiescas discuss.