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2019 Vol. 18, No. 2
Amphibians and Reptiles of Florida. Kenneth
L. Krysko, Kevin M. Enge, and Paul E.
Moler. 2019. University Press of Florida, Gainesville,
FL. 728 pp. $80.00, hardcover. ISBN
978163400448. Florida is home to a more diverse
variety of amphibians and reptiles than any other
state due to its wide array of ecosystems and its
large number of established nonnative species.
This volume is a comprehensive account of the
219 species known to exist in the state. Chapters
are organized into families and species including
both native and non-indigenous species. A final
chapter addresses nonnative species found but
not proven to be established in the state. Each
species is presented with color photographs, an
up-to-date distribution map, and detailed information
about its appearance, current taxonomy,
geographic distribution and habitat, reproduction
and development, diet, behavior, and conservation
status. As parts of Florida are experiencing
degradation of natural habitats at record rates,
species that cannot adapt will disappear. This
volume will be a touchstone for future efforts to
study and protect the extraordinary biodiversity
of Florida’s native amphibians and reptiles.
Grasses of Florida. David W. Hall. 2019. University
Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 368
pp. $80.00, hardcover. ISBN 9780813056050.
Grasses are the fourth-largest family of flowering
plants worldwide. In Florida, grasses occur in
every habitat and are the dominant ground cover
across many regions. Grasses of Florida is the
first complete systematic account of the grasses
that occur in the wild throughout the state. This
volume presents taxonomic descriptions of 118
genera and 463 species of the grass family, classified
scientifically as Poaceae. Supplemented
by over 500 illustrations, these accounts feature
details on grass habitats, distribution both in-state
and worldwide, frequencies of occurrence, and
months of flowering. The up-to-date information
in this book is necessary knowledge for anyone
involved in agricultural and livestock production,
weed control, erosion management, aesthetic
landscaping, or conservation of Florida’s native
plant communities. Due to the extensive uses and
tremendous diversity of grasses, this book is an essential
Flora of Florida, Volume VI: Dicotyledons,
Convolvulaceae through Paulowniaceae. Richard
P. Wunderlin, Bruce F. Hansen, and Alan
R. Franck. 2019. University Press of Florida,
Gainesville, FL. 372 pp. $70.00, hardcover.
ISBN 9780813056135. This sixth volume of the
Flora of Florida collection continues the definitive
and comprehensive identification manual to
the Sunshine State’s 4000 kinds of native and
non-native ferns and fern allies and flowering
and non-flowering seed plants. Volume VI contains
the taxonomic treatments of 19 families of
Florida’s dicotyledons. Florida has the third most
diverse vascular plant flora in the United States,
and the Flora of Florida volumes include all
indigenous and naturalized taxa currently known
to occur within its borders. With keys to family,
genus, and species, and with genera and species
within each family arranged alphabetically for
easy reference, these volumes are the standard
reference for botanists, researchers, consultants,
and students alike.
Drying Up: The Fresh Water Crisis in Florida.
John M. Dunn. 2019. University Press of Florida,
Gainesville, FL. 304 pp. $24.95, hardcover.
ISBN 9780813056203. Florida, America’s wettest
state, is facing a drinking-water crisis.
Journalist and educator John Dunn untangles the
many causes of the state’s freshwater problems.
Drainage projects, construction, and urbanization
have changed and shrunk natural water systems.
Pollution, failing infrastructure, increasing
outbreaks of toxic algae blooms, and pharmaceutical
contamination are worsening water quality.
Climate change, sea-level rise, and groundwater
pumping are spoiling freshwater resources with
saltwater intrusion. Dunn explains that soon
there will not be enough water to meet demand if
“business as usual” prevails. He investigates previous
and current restoration efforts, examines
proposed solutions, and challenges readers to
rethink their relationship with water and adopt a
new philosophy that compels them to protect the
planet’s most precious resource.
The Water Paradox: Overcoming the Global
Crisis in Water Management. Edward B.
Barbier. 2019. Yale University Press, New
Haven, CT. 296 pp. $30.00, hardcover. ISBN
9780300224436. This book proposes “a radical
new approach to tackling the growing threat
of water scarcity”. For millennia, we have perceived
water as abundant and easily accessible.
But water shortages are fast becoming a persistent
reality for all nations, rich and poor. With
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demand outstripping supply, a global water crisis
is imminent. In this trenchant critique of current
water policies and practices, Edward Barbier
argues that our water crisis is as much a failure
of water management as it is a result of scarcity.
Outdated governance structures and institutions,
combined with continual under pricing, have perpetuated
the overuse and undervaluation of water
and disincentivized much-needed technological
innovation. As a result “water grabbing” is on the
rise, and cooperation to resolve these disputes is
increasingly fraught. Barbier draws on evidence
from countries across the globe to show the scale
of the problem, and outlines the policy and management
solutions needed to avert this crisis.
Lizards and Snakes of Alabama. Craig Guyer,
Mark A. Bailey, and Robert H. Mount. 2018. University
of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, AL. 416
pp. $39.95, hardcover. ISBN 9780817359164.
Alabama possesses one of the most species-rich
biotas in north temperate areas, and this richness
is reflected in some groups of lizards, such as
skinks, and especially in snakes. The authors examine
all known species and describe important
regional variation. Significant field studies, especially
of Alabama’s threatened and endangered
species, have been performed and are used to inform
discussion of each account. The life-history
entry for each species is comprised of scientific
and common names, full-color photographs, a
morphological description, discussion of habits
and life cycle, and a distribution map depicting
the species range throughout the state, as well as
notes on conservation and management practices.
The illustrated taxonomic keys provided for families,
genera, species, and subspecies are of particular
value to herpetologists. Accessible to all,
this volume is valuable to both the professional
herpetologist and the general reader interested in
snakes and lizards.
Southeastern Grasslands: Biodiversity, Ecology,
and Management. JoVonn G. Hill and John
A. Barone (Eds.). 2018. University of Alabama
Press, Tuscaloosa, AL. 344 pp. $54.95, hardcover.
ISBN 9780817319885. Two centuries ago the
southeastern United States contained hundreds
of thousands of acres of natural grasslands that
stretched from Florida to Texas. Now more than
99 percent of these prairies, glades, and savannas
have been plowed up or paved over. The few
remaining sites are complex ecosystems, home
to hundreds of distinct plant and animal species.
This volume brings together the latest research on
southeastern prairie systems and species, provides
a complete picture of an increasingly rare biome,
and offers solutions to many conservation biology
queries. The editors have gathered renowned
experts in their fields from across the region who
address questions related to the diversity, ecology,
and management of southeastern grasslands,
along with discussions of how to restore sites
that have been damaged by human activity. Written
with a broad audience in mind, this book will
serve as a valuable introduction and reference for
nature enthusiasts, scientists, and land managers.
Coasts and Estuaries: The Future. Eric Wolanski,
John W. Day, Michael Elliott, and Ramesh
Ramachandran (Eds.). 2019. Elsevier, Amsterdam,
The Netherlands. 726 pp. $144.50, softcover.
ISBN 9780128140031. Coasts and Estuaries: The
Future provides valuable information on how
we can protect and maintain natural ecological
structures while also allowing estuaries to deliver
services that produce societal goods and benefits.
These issues are addressed through chapters detailing
case studies from estuaries and coastal waters
worldwide, presenting a full range of natural
variability and human pressures. Following this,
a series of chapters written by scientific leaders
synthesizes the problems and offers solutions for
specific issues graded within the framework of
the socio-economic-environmental mosaic. The
targeted readership includes researchers, scientists,
engineers, and students of estuarine, coastal
and shelf processes along with resource managers
with a special interest in coastal ecosystems,
hydrologists, natural resource managers, and
professionals focusing on sustainable use of our
coasts, estuaries, and ecosystem services.
Reptiles of South Carolina. Jeffrey D. Camper.
2019. University of South Carolina Press, Columbia,
SC. 288 pp. $29.99, softcover. ISBN
978611179484. South Carolina’s varied landscapes
and habitats are home to a fascinating
and mysterious assortment of alligators, turtles,
lizards, and snakes. The Reptiles of South Carolina,
a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the
Palmetto State, is designed to enlighten readers
about this misunderstood and often-maligned
group of secretive and ecologically important
animals. Camper begins with a discussion of the
state’s mild climate and wide variety of natural
habitats. The entry for each species provides a
color picture, detailed descriptions of external
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appearance, variations in size and color, taxonomic
keys, comparisons to similar species to
aid in identification, and natural history. Camper
also assesses the conservation status of each species
and offers a detailed range map of where
that species is known to occur in the state and
another map showing its entire geographic range
in the continental United States. This authoritative
reference will prove invaluable to students,
professional herpetologists, conservationists,
ecologists, biologists, land managers, and amateur
Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Signs, and
Behavior of Eastern Wildlife. Janet Pesaturo.
2018. Stackpole Books, Guilford, CT. 282 pp.
$29.95, softcover. ISBN 9780811719063. Using
a specially made, inexpensive, rugged, heat- and
motion-detecting camera, you can view wildlife
up close. Camera Trapping Guide gives you the
techniques and knowledge of animal behaviors
so you can get the best possible photos and videos.
The guide includes 41 species common to
the eastern US including large and small mammals,
birds, and even alligators. With photos and
range maps, each entry gives details on physical
characteristics, tracks and sign, diet, habitat, and
breeding. Also included are specific camera trapping
techniques pertinent to each animal. You'll
learn the characteristics of various cameras,
where and when to place the camera to capture
specific behaviors, and how to minimize impact
on the animals.
Advances in Marine Biology, Volume 79.
Charles Sheppard (Serial Editor). 2018. Academic
Press, London, UK. 252 pp. $140.70,
hardcover. ISBN 9780128151013. Advances in
Marine Biology, Volume 79 is the latest release
in a series that has been providing in-depth and
up-to-date reviews on all aspects of marine biology
since 1963. Included is a review of patterns
of multiple paternity across sea turtle rookeries,
parasites and pathogens in seabirds, progress in
marine genomics and bioinformatics, the rise of
sea turtle research and conservation, and the potential
impacts of offshore oil and gas activities
on deep-sea sponges and the habitats they form.
The targeted readership includes postgraduates
and researchers in marine biology, fisheries science,
ecology, zoology, oceanography.