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.
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.
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.