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Southeastern Naturalist, Volume 13, Issue 2 (2014): B6–B7

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Noteworthy Books 2013 Southeastern Naturalist Vol. 13, No. 2 B6 Hiking North Carolina’s National Forests. Johnny Molloy. 2014. The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC. 264 pp. $22, softcover. ISBN 9781469611679. North Carolina's 1.2 million acres of national forestland are some of the state’s most distinctive and botanically diverse areas. Veteran nature writer Johnny Molloy welcomes you to enjoy these beautiful and often surprising wild areas, guiding you safely there and back again. Molloy renders the sometimes primitive trails accessible to both beginner and more intrepid hikers, from families with small children to dedicated wilderness wanderers. Spotlighting the best hikes in all four of North Carolina’s national forests—Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan, ranging from the mountains to the coast—this book includes some of the state’s most heralded destinations and invites you to explore many lesser-known gems. Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee: The Complete Winter Guide to Their Identification and Use. Ronald L. Jones and B. Eugene Wofford. 2013. University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. 224 pp. $45.00, hardcover. ISBN 9780813142500. For centuries people have used trees, shrubs, and woody vines for food, clothing, ritual, construction, scientific study, and more. However, these important plants are easy to overlook during the winter months, when the absence of leaves, fruit, and other distinguishing characteristics makes them difficult to recognize. This comprehensive volume is the essential guide to woody plants in Kentucky, Tennessee, and surrounding states during the winter season. Featuring color images of more than four hundred species, this detailed botanical resource provides keys to the genera and species, as well as descriptions of the genera. The species accounts include useful information on Latin meanings, common names, habitats and distributions, and notes on toxicity, nativity, rarity, and wetland status. In addition, authors Ronald L. Jones and B. Eugene Wofford provide notes on practical uses for the plants, including food, medicine, fiber, and weapons. Winter identification of woody plants can be a daunting exercise, but Jones and Wofford present clear and authoritative information that can help anyone spot these species in the wild. Whether taken into the field or enjoyed at home, Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee: The Complete Winter Guide to Their Identification and Use is a comprehensive and accessible resource for professional and amateur botanists, students, commercial landscapers, homeowners, and outdoor enthusiasts. Darwin and His Children: His Other Legacy. Tim M. Berra. 2013. Oxford University Press New York, NY. 272 pp. $29.95, hardcover. ISBN 9780199309443. While much has been written about the life and works of Charles Darwin, the lives of his ten children remain largely unexamined. Most “Darwin books” consider his children as footnotes to the life of their famous father and close with the death of Charles Darwin. This is the only book that deals substantially with the lives of his children from their birth to their death, each in his or her own chapter. Tim Berra’s Darwin and His Children: His Other Legacy explores Darwin’s marriage to his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood, a devout Unitarian, who worried that her husband’s lack of faith would keep them apart in eternity, and describes the early death of three children of this consanguineous marriage. Many of the other children rose to prominence in their own fields. William Darwin became a banker and tended the Darwin family’s substantial wealth. Henrietta Darwin edited Charles’ books and wrote a biography of her mother. Three of Darwin’s sons were knighted and elected Fellows of the Royal Society: Sir George Darwin was the world's expert on tides, Sir Francis Darwin developed the new field of plant physiology, and Sir Horace Darwin founded the world-class Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company. Major Leonard Darwin was a military man, Member of Parliament, and patron of early genetic research. This book, richly illustrated with photographs of the Darwin family, demonstrates the intellectual atmosphere whirling about the Darwin household, portrays loving family relationships, and explores entertaining vignettes from their lives. The Physiology of Fishes, Fourth Edition. David H. Evans, James B. Claiborne, and Suzanne Currie (Eds.). 2013. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 491 pp. $119.95, hardcover. ISBN 9781439880302. Following the success of the bestselling third edition, this newly updated and completely revised fourth edition of The Physiology of Fishes provides comprehensive coverage of the most important aspects of the form and function of fishes. It covers the most recent advances as well as fundamental subjects such as cardiovascular physiology, intestinal transport, Noteworthy Books Received by the Southeastern Naturalist, Issue 13/2, 2014 B7 Noteworthy Books 2013 Southeastern Naturalist Vol. 13, No. 2 and gill ion uptake. Written by an international group of experts, this book contains fresh approaches, with completely new treatment of the original topics and the addition of new chapters. Two decades after the publication of the first edition, this book remains the only published single-volume work on fish physiology. Each chapter contains an extensive bibliography, providing readers with the best sources from the primary literature. This fourth edition provides an important reference for aquatic biologists, ichthyologists, fisheries scientists, and comparative physiologists. Marine Ecology in a Changing World. Andrés Hugo Arias and María Clara Menendez (Eds.). 2013. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 270 pp. $119.00, hardcover. ISBN 9781466590076. With contributions from an impressive group of Argentinean and German oceanographers, this book examines classical ecological issues relating to marine ecosystems in the context of climate change. It paints a picture of marine ecology at the crossroads of global warming. The book examines the fundamentals of marine ecology: ecosystem stability, water quality, and biodiversity in the context of the changes taking place globally. It then reviews the major marine ecosystems in the same context, from the primary producers to the big marine mammals. The chapters cover primary consumers, benthic communities, seaweed assemblages and wetlands ecology, fisheries, and seabirds. The Princeton Guide to Evolution. Jonathan B. Losos, David A. Baum, Douglas J. Futuyma, Hopi E. Hoekstra, Richard E. Lenski, Allen J. Moore, Catherine L. Peichel, Dolph Schluter, and Michael C. Whitlock (Eds.). 2013. Princeton University Press Princeton, NJ. 880 pp. $99.00, hardcover. ISBN 9780691149776. This volume is a comprehensive, concise, and authoritative reference to the major subjects and key concepts in evolutionary biology, from genes to mass extinctions. Edited by a distinguished team of evolutionary biologists, with contributions from leading researchers, the guide contains more than 100 clear, accurate, and up-to-date articles on the most important topics in seven major areas: phylogenetics and the history of life; selection and adaptation; evolutionary processes; genes, genomes, and phenotypes; speciation and macroevolution; evolution of behavior, society, and humans; and evolution and modern society. Complete with more than 100 illustrations (including eight pages in color), glossaries of key terms, suggestions for further reading on each topic, and an index, this is an essential volume for undergraduate and graduate students, scientists in related fields, and anyone else with a serious interest in evolution. Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin. Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny, and Bob Montgomerie. 2014. Princeton University Press Princeton, NJ. 544 pp. $45.00, hardcover. ISBN 9781400848836. This book provides a thoroughly engaging and authoritative history of modern ornithology, tracing how the study of birds has been shaped by a succession of visionary and often-controversial personalities, and by the unique social and scientific contexts in which these extraordinary individuals worked. This beautifully illustrated volume opens in the middle of the nineteenth century when ornithology was a museum-based discipline focused almost exclusively on the anatomy, taxonomy, and classification of dead birds. It describes how in the early 1900s pioneering individuals such as Erwin Stresemann, Ernst Mayr, and Julian Huxley recognized the importance of studying live birds in the field, and how this shift thrust ornithology into the mainstream of the biological sciences. The authors tell the stories of eccentrics like Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, a pathological liar who stole specimens from museums and quite likely murdered his wife, and describe the breathtaking insights and discoveries of ambitious and influential figures such as David Lack, Niko Tinbergen, Robert MacArthur, and others who through their studies of birds transformed entire fields of biology. Ten Thousand Birds brings this history vividly to life through the work and achievements of those who advanced the field. Drawing on a wealth of archival material and indepth interviews, this fascinating book reveals how research on birds has contributed more to our understanding of animal biology than the study of just about any other group of organisms. The Southeastern Naturalist welcomes submissions of review copies of books that publishers or authors would like to recommend to the journal’s readership and are relevant to the journal’s mission of publishing information about the natural history of the southeastern US. Accompanying short, descriptive summaries of the text are also welcome.