Notes from William Brewster: American Robin


“It is sunset and as I sit in my study in the Museum a Robin is singing in an elm in the garden. What a hopeful, earnest strain! It always cheers and encourages me. Our Robin must have a brave heart and a pure conscience.”

– William Brewster, in correspondence to his friend, ornithologist Frank Michler Chapman. March 26, 1893. Cambridge, Mass.

William Brewster (1851-1919) grew up in a Cambridge of farm fields filled with singing Eastern Blue Birds and large flocks of Snow Buntings where we now have introduced House Sparrows. As a teen, he collected birds and practiced taxidermy, and carefully noted the dates when his family ate the year’s first lettuce and strawberries. If you’ve browsed the galleries at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History, then you’ve passed by some of his life’s work; after working as an animal specimen curator at the museum for many years, he bequeathed his collection of birds and other animals to the museum.

Brewster’s fascination for birds and his observant note-taking laid the groundwork for his career as a prominent North American amateur ornithologist. He was the first president of the Massachusetts Audubon Society and a president of the American Ornithologists’ Union.

An ongoing project at the the Ernst Mayr Library has been the digitization and transcription of Brewster’s diaries, field journals, and correspondences. Some of these journals and diaries are available to read on the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and we are working toward making all his notes accessible for study.

I joined the library a year ago as an assistant for this project, and I’ve spent this time immersed in Brewster’s world. As a Boston-area native, I’ve found some of it surprisingly familiar. Brewster watched the landscape and ecology change dramatically over the course of his life, yet some of his favorite local haunts still draw bird-watchers and dog-walkers today: Fresh Pond and Mt. Auburn in Cambridge, Walden Pond in Concord, and Ponkapoag Pond in the Blue Hills, to name just a few. His notes are an enormously valuable resource for scientists interested in studying ecological and climatological change, but they’re also sprinkled with amusing observations, beautiful scenes, intriguing facts and bizarre stories that I’d like to share with you in a series of short blog posts.

Roger Tory Peterson’s original field guide called the American Robin “the one bird that everyone knows.” The Robin that Brewster heard on that March evening seems a perfect place to begin this series. Not only does the passage express a beautiful sentiment, but the familiarity of Robins and their sounds can make it feel quite comfortable for us to sit at an unfamiliar desk in Brewster’s museum office, watching the sun set in 1893. His comment on the “brave heart and a pure conscience” of the bird certainly isn’t objective science, but it connects us to a moment that I think we’ve all experienced before: an animal encounter that punctures our daily routine to remind us, briefly, of how wide the world is.  

Play the video below to hear a Robin’s “hopeful, earnest strain” similar to the one that uplifted Brewster’s spirits in March of 1893. Those of us who are feeling winter-weary sure could do with the brave winter Robin’s encouragement.

American Robins are so ubiquitous that you might never have thought to learn about them. Check out the Peterson Field Guide video below to see how much you know. 

See you again soon!

– Elizabeth Meyer

New book list, January 27, 2016


Annotated bibliography of Egyptian vertebrate fossils up to the end of 1980.
By Baher El Khashab, Elwyn L. Simons, John G. Fleagle. Cairo: Geological Survey of Egypt, 1983. HOLLIS# 014561520
Z6033.P2 E38 1983

Auge in Auge mit der Natur: Senckenberg Naturmuseum Frankfurt.
Herausgeber: Volker Mosbrugger, Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung. Frankfurt am Main: Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014580725
QL71.G42 F72 2015x

The biology and identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of marsupials of the world.
By Donald W. Duszynski, Professor Emeritus of Biology, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA. London; San Diego, CA: Academic Press/Elsevier, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014561533
QL368.C59 D867 2015x

Bird relics: grief and vitalism in Thoreau.
By Branka Arsić. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2016. HOLLIS# 014381640
B931.T44 A77 2016

Carabidae of Vermont and New Hampshire.
By Ross T. Bell. First Edition. Manchester Center, VT: Shires Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014561574
QL596.C2 B45 2015x

Catalogue of archaeological remains in the Department of Archaeology of Western Asia. Pt. 10. Potsherds and clay objects from Tall-i Qaleh and Tall-i Shogha, Fars, Southwest Iran.
Tokyo: University Museum, University of Tokyo, 1981- . HOLLIS# 001047375
DS69.T65 T65 1981x pt. 10

Cerambycidae sul-americanos (Coleoptera): taxonomia: subfamília Cerambycinae. Volume 14.
Ubirajara R. Martins, organizador. São Paulo: Sociedade Brasileira de Entomologia, 1997-. HOLLIS# 012107944
QL596.C4 C47 1997 v. 14

Changing climates, ecosystems, and environments within arid southern Africa and adjoining regions.
Editors, Jürgen Runge; in collaboration with Marion K. Bamford. London, UK: CRC Press/Balkema, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014523752
QC903.2.A35 C47 2015

Climate change and insect pests.
Editors, Christer Björkman and Pekka Niemelä. Wallingford, Oxfordshire: CAB International,[2015]
QL469.C55 2015

Danmarks netvinger.
By Ole Fogh Nielsen. Vester Skerninge [Denmark]: Apollo Booksellers, 2015. HOLLIS# 014561529
QL512.4.D4 N54 2015x

Fishers’ knowledge and the ecosystem approach to fisheries: applications, experiences and lessons in Latin America.

Edited by Johanne Fischer, John Jorgensen, Helga Josupeit, Daniela Kalikoski and Christine M. Lucas. Rome, Italy: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2015. HOLLIS# 014561535
SH234.F57 2015x

Fotoatlas der Amphibienlarven Deutschlands.
[By] Burkhard Thiesmeier. Bielefeld [Germany]: Laurenti-Verlag, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014566795
QL658.G3 T34 2014x

GigaSaurier: die Riesen Argentiniens.
Autoren, Oscar Alcober [and five others]; Übersetzung und Edition, Ilona Hauser, Bernd Herkner. Venedig [Italy]: Cubo Srl; Frankfurt am Main: Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum, [2010]. HOLLIS# 014561601
QE861.9.A7 G55 2010x

A history of sockeye salmon research, Karluk River system, Alaska, 1880-2010.
By Richard Gard and Richard Lee Bottorff. [Silver Spring, Md.]: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014580872
QL638.S2 G37 2014x

Longicornios de Cuba: (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
[By] Sergio Devesa, Elier Fonseca, Alejandro Barro. Lleida [Spain]: Greta Editores, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014546740
QL596.C4 D49 2015x

Mahale chimpanzees: 50 years of research.
Edited by Michio Nakamura, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University, Japan; Kazuhiko Hosaka, Kamakura Women’s University, Japan; Noriko Itoh, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University, Japan; Koichiro Zamma, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies and Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University, Japan. Cambridge, United Kingdom; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014561596
QL737.P94 M34 2015

The Myriapoda. Volume 2.
Edited by Alessandro Minelli. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2011- . HOLLIS# 012784492
QL449.M97 2011 v. 2

Organism and environment: ecological development, niche construction, and adaption.
By Sonia E. Sultan, Department of Biology and Program in Environmental Studies Wesleyan Studies. First edition. New York, NY, United States of America: Oxford University Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014561510
QH541.S83 2015

The secret lives of bats: my adventures with the world’s most misunderstood mammals.
By Merlin Tuttle. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. HOLLIS# 014580771
QL737.C5 T896 2015

The society of genes.
By Itai Yanai and Martin Lercher. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2016. HOLLIS# 014381621

QH437.Y36 2016

Vertebrate palaeontology. [E-book]
By Michael J. Benton, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. Fourth edition. Chichester, West Sussex; Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell, 2015. HOLLIS# 014577922
QE841.B44 2015

Witmer Stone: the fascination of nature.
By Scott McConnell. [Place of publication not identified]: Scott McConnell, 2014. HOLLIS# 014579992
QL31.S7 M33 2014

Love Bugs


The Bronx Zoo offers you the opportunity to give your Valentine a special gift:

New book list, December 16, 2015


Among the bone eaters: encounters with hyenas in Harar.
By Marcus Baynes-Rock; with a foreword by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014546040
QL737.C24 B39 2015

As far as the eye could reach: accounts of animals along the Santa Fe Trail, 1821-1880.
By Phyllis S. Morgan; foreword by Marc Simmons; illustrations by Ronald Kil.Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014546026
QL157.S69 M67 2015

Biology and ecology of carp.
Editors: Constanze Pietsch, Zurich University of Applied Scinces (ZHAW), Institute of Natural Resources (IUNR), Waedenswil, Switzerland, Philipp E. Hirsch, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014546013
QL638.C94 B53 2015

The conservation biology of molluscs: proceedings of a symposium held at the 9th International Malacological Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1986.
Edited by E. Alison Kay ; including a status report on molluscan diversity, written by E. Alison Kay ; IUCN/SSC Mollusc Specialist Group. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN, ©1995. HOLLIS# 014555859
QL403.C66 1995

Dam builders: the natural history of beavers and their ponds.
By Michael Runtz. Markham, ON; Brighton, Massachusetts: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014546050
QL737.R632 R86 2015x

Elephant house.
By Dick Blau and Nigel Rothfels; foreword, Mike Keele. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014550740
SF408.6.E44 B53 2015

Editors, C. David Allis, The Rockefeller University, New York, Marie-Laure Caparros, London, Thomas Jenuwein, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Danny Reinberg, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, New York University School of Medicine-Smilow Research Center; associate editor, Monika Lachner, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg. Second edition. Cold Spring Harbor, New York: CSH Press, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014546043
QH450.E655 2015

Epizootic ulcerative fish disease syndrome.
By Devashish Kar. London: Academic Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014535046

The evolution of sex determination.
By Leo W. Beukeboom, Nicolas Perrin. First edition. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 014522104
QP278.5.B48 2014x

Evolutionary biology of the Atlantic salmon.
Editors, Tomislav Vladić, Erik Petersson. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2016]. HOLLIS# 014546016
QL638.S2 E975 2016

Eye of newt and toe of frog, adder’s fork and lizard’s leg: the lore and mythology of amphibians and reptiles.
Marty Crump; in collaboration with Danté B. Fenolio. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014549318
QL644.C73 2015

Federal ecosystem management: its rise, fall, and afterlife.
By James R. Skillen. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014513633
QH76.5.W34 S55 2015

A guide to the dragonflies & damselflies of South Africa: covering all dragonfly & damselfly species found in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.
By Warwick and Michèle Tarboton. Cape Town: Random House Struik, 2015. HOLLIS# 014546009
QL520.26.S6 T37 2015x

Jahresbericht: Projekte und Aktionen 2012/2013.
Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart. Stuttgart: Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, 2013. HOLLIS# 014558428
QH70.G3 S72 2013x

Jahresbericht: Projekte und Aktionen 2011/2012.
Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart. Stuttgart: Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, 2012. HOLLIS# 014558429
QH70.G3 S72 2012x

Jahresbericht: Projekte und Aktionen 2010/2011.
Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart. Stuttgart: Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, 2011. HOLLIS# 014558440
QH70.G3 S72 2011x

Jahresbericht: Projekte und Aktionen 2009/2010.
Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart. Stuttgart: Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, 2010. HOLLIS# 014558443
QH70.G3 S72 2010x

Kaufman’s atlas of mouse development supplement: with coronal sections.

Edited by Richard Baldock, Jonathan Bard, Duncan R. Davidson and Gillian Morriss-Kay. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2016. HOLLIS# 014535047

The laboratory mouse.
By Peggy Danneman, Mark A. Suckow, Cory F. Brayton. 2nd ed. Boca Raton : Taylor & Francis, 2013. HOLLIS# 014394102
SF407.M5 S83 2013

Nonlinear physics of ecosystems.
By Ehud Meron. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014546027
QH541.15.M3 M46 2015x

Physiology of elasmobranch fishes: internal processes.
Edited by Robert E. Shadwick, Anthony P. Farrell, Colin J. Brauner. Amsterdam: Elsevier, [2016]. HOLLIS# 014546069
QL639.1.H6 v. 34B

Physiology of elasmobranch fishes: structure and interaction with environment.
Edited by Robert E. Shadwick, Anthony P. Farrell, Colin J. Brauner. Amsterdam: Elsevier, [2016]. HOLLIS# 014546063
QL639.1.H6 v. 34A

Resurrection science: conservation, de-extinction and the precarious future of wild things.
By M.R. O’Connor. First edition. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014546033
QL82.O26 2015

Snakes of the Southeast.
By Whit Gibbons and Mike Dorcas. Revised edition. Athens, GA: University Of Georgia Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014546038
QL666.O6 G533 2015x

Taxonomy of Australian mammals.
By Stephen Jackson and Colin Groves. Clayton South, VIC: CSIRO Publishing, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014546052
QL733.J33 2015

Threatened birds of Uttar Pradesh.
By Asad R. Rahmani and Sanjay Kumar ; with major contributions by Neeraj Srivastav, Rajat Bhargava, and Noor I. Khan ; maps prepared by Mohit Kalra and Noor I. Khan ; layout and design by V. Gopi Naidu ; sponsored by Rajan Overseas Inc. [and four others]. Mumbai: Bombay Natural History Society; Oxford: Oxford University Press, [2013]. HOLLIS# 014546020
QL676.57.I4 R337 2013x

Three lectures.
By Cori Bargmann (The Rockefeller University). [Cambridge, Massachusetts]: Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, [2011]. HOLLIS# 014461179
QH457.B37 2011x [3 dvd’s]

Vultures: their evolution, ecology, and conservation.
By Michael O’Neal Campbell. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014533392
QL696.F32 C35 2015

Webs: a guide to the spiders of Tasmania.
By John C. Douglas.[Launceston?], Tasmania: [The author], [2014?]. HOLLIS# 014531210
QL458.4.D68 2014x

New book list, November 19, 2015


American zoo: a sociological safari.
By David Grazian. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014522950
QL76.5.U6 G73 2015x

Apidae.2, Colletes, Dufourea, Hylaeus, Nomia, Nomioides, Rhophitoides, Rophites, Sphecodes, Systropha.
By Felix Amiet, Andreas Müller, Rainer Neumeyer. Neuchâtel (Suisse): Centre suisse de cartographie de la faune, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014530285
QL568.A6 A65 2014x

Beiträge zur Geschichte der Zoogeographie. Vol. 2.
[By] Michael Wallaschek. Halle (Saale): Michael Wallaschek, 2015- . HOLLIS# 014474803
QL101.W255 2015x v. 2

Biogeochemistry of marine dissolved organic matter.
Edited by Dennis A. Hansell and Craig A.Carlson. Second edition. Amsterdam; Boston: Academic Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014487719
014487719 [E-book]

Biology and ecology of bluefin tuna.
Editors, Takashi Kitagawa, Atmosphere & Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan, Shingo Kimura, Atmosphere & Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan.Boca Raton :CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group,[2016]. HOLLIS# 014499665
QL638.S35 B56 2016

Biology of perch.
Editors, Patrice Couture, Greg Pyle. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2016]. HOLLIS# 014499666
QL638.P4 B575 2016

The Braconid and Ichneumonid Parasitoid Wasps: Biology, Systematics, Evolution and Ecology.
By Donald L.J. Quicke. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2015. HOLLIS# 014513820
QL496.12.Q55 2015 [E-book]

Britain’s hoverflies: a field guide.
By Stuart Ball and Roger Morris. Second edition. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014513821
QL537.S9 B75 2015 [E-book]

Burning buried sunshine: yesterday’s energy changing tomorrow’s ecosystems.
By Jeffrey Dukes. [Cambridge, Massachusetts]: Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, [2008]. HOLLIS# 014454552
TD887.F69 D85 2008x [DVD]

Bushmaster: Raymond Ditmars and the hunt for the world’s largest viper.
By Dan Eatherley. New York: Arcade Publishing, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014499667
QL31.D5 E37 2015

Changing climates, ecosystems, and environments within arid southern Africa and adjoining regions.
Editors, Jürgen Runge, in collaboration with Marion K. Bamford, Linda Basson, Joachim Eisenberg, London, UK: CRC Press/Balkema, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014523752
QC903.2.A35 C47 2015

Checklisten der Fauna Österreichs. No. 8, Tardigrada.
Herausgegeben von Reinhart Schuster ; Serienherausgeber Hans Winkler & Tod Stuessy. Wien: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2004- HOLLIS# 009696223
QL261.C44 2004 no. 8

Cuvier’s history of the natural sciences: nineteen lessons on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries = L’histoire des sciences naturelles de Cuvier: dix-neuf leçons sur les seizième et dix-septième siècles.
[By] Georges Cuvier; edited by Théodore W. Pietsch; translated by Béatrice Marx foreword by Jean-Pierre Gasc. Paris: Publications scientifiques du Muséum, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014525231
Q125.2.C88 2015x

Es begann am Heeseberg: Stromatolithe und der Ursprung des Lebens.
[By] Urs Hochsprung [and six others]. München: Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, [2011]. HOLLIS# 014523535
QE955.H63 2011x

Evolution of parasitism in the Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera).
By Zofia Adelajda (Ada) Kaliszewska. August 2015. Ph. D.Harvard University (O.E.B.). 2015. HOLLIS# 014523537
QL496.12.K35 2015x

Evolutionary developmental biology of invertebrates. Volumes 1, 5, 6.
Andreas Wanninger, editor. Wien; New York: Springer, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014473843
QL362.75.E86 2015x

An eye for nature: the life and art of William T. Cooper.
Penny Olsen; foreword by David Attenborough. Canberra, ACT: National Library of Australia, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014427095
ND1105.C546 O47 2014

Genetic connectivity in deep-sea island ecosystems.
By Amy Baco-Taylor (Florida State University). [Cambridge, Massachusetts]: Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, [2010]. HOLLIS# 014454515
QH541.5.I8 B33 2010x [DVD]

A glimpse into the pelagic abyss: discovery, observation, and evolution of midwater animals.
By Karen Osborn (Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego). [Cambridge, Massachusetts]: Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University,[2010].
HOLLIS# 014461214
QL125.5.O73 2010x [DVD]

By F. Harvey Pough (Rochester Institute of Technology, emeritus), Robin M. Andrews (Virginia Tech, emerita), Martha L. Crump (Utah State University), Alan H. Savitzky (Utah State University), Kentwood D. Wells (University of Connecticut), Matthew C. Brandley (University of Sydney). Fourth edition. Sunderland, Massachusetts, U.S.A: Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers, [2016]. HOLLIS# 014499668
QL641.H47 2016

Marine bivalve molluscs.
By Elizabeth Gosling. Second edition. Chichester, West Sussex, UK; Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell, 2015. HOLLIS# 014523550
QL430.6.G68 2015

Molluscan communities of the Florida Keys and adjacent areas: their ecology and biodiversity.
By Edward J. Petuch and Robert F. Myers. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014499669

Neglected invertebrates: using integrative systematics to elucidate patterns in biodiversity from land to the deep sea.
By Elizabeth Borda (Scripps Institute of Oceanography). [Cambridge, Massachusetts] :Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University,[2010]. HOLLIS# 014454520
QL362.B67 2010x [DVD]

Nests, eggs, and incubation: new ideas about avian reproduction.
Edited by D.C. Deeming and S.J. Reynolds. First edition. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014514270
QL675.D4 2015x

New perspectives on the development and evolution of eyes and photoreceptors.
By Walter Gehring (University of Basel). [Cambridge, Massachusetts]: Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, [2008]. HOLLIS# 014461231
QL949.G34 2008x [DVD]

New perspectives on the evolution of functional specialization in Siphonophora (Cnidaria).
By Casey Dunn (Brown University).[Cambridge, Massachusetts]: Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, [2010]. HOLLIS# 014454561
QL377.H9D85 2010x [DVD]

Ni vu ni connu: le camouflage au regard de l’objectif.
[By] Hanna Rose Shell; traduit de l’anglais (États-Unis) par Jean-François Caro. [Bruxelles]: Zones sensibles; Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France: Les Belles Lettres, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014530298
TR148.S54 2014x

The origins of complexity: mechanisms of functional evolution in the steroid human receptors.
By Joe Thornton (University of Oregon).[Cambridge, Massachusetts]: Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, [2007]. HOLLIS# 014461126
QH450.T46 2007x [DVD]

The ornithological and other publications (1973-2014) of William Edwin Davis, Jr.
North Billerica, Massachusetts: Privately published by Accent Printing, 2015. HOLLIS# 014525169
QL682.D38 2015x

Our sea turtles: a practical guide for the Atlantic and Gulf, from Canada to Mexico.
By Blair and Dawn Witherington. Sarasota, Florida: Pineapple Press, Inc., [2015]. HOLLIS# 014523553
QL666.C536 W568 2015

Pigeons and doves in Australia.
By Joseph M. Forshaw; illustrations by William T. Cooper. Collingwood, Vic.: CSIRO Publishing, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014525238
QL696.C63 F67 2015x

Peixes do Brasil: subordem Characoidei : bacia do rio Mogí Guassú (volume 1-4).
[By] M.P. de Godoy. Primeira edição. Piracicaba: Editora Franciscana, 1975. HOLLIS# 014510005
QL632.B8 G636 1975x

The rarest of the rare: stories behind the treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Introduction by Edward O. Wilson; text by Nancy Pick; photographs by Mark Sloan. Third edition. New York: Scala Arts Publishers, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014514169
QH70.U6 P53 2015x [Special Collections Reference]

Respiratory adaptation of zoobenthos to access to oxygen and habitat structure in dimictic eutrophic lakes affecting vertical distribution.
By Pétur M. Jónasson [and five others]. [Copenhagen]: Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, 2015. HOLLIS# 014523534
QH91.8.B4 J65 2015x

Révision du genre Pedaria Laporte, 1832.
Par Jean-François Josso & Patrick Prévost. Conflans Ste Honorine [France]: Magellanes, 2015. HOLLIS# 014514267
QL596.S3 J678 2015x

The role of geographic range and species richness in recoveries from mass extinctions.
By Michael Foote (University of Chicago). [Cambridge, Massachusetts]: Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University,[2011]. HOLLIS# 014461104

QE721.2.E97 F66 2011x [DVD]

Sponges and the early evolution of developmental signaling.
By Scott Nichols (University of California, Berkeley). [Cambridge, Massachusetts]: Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, [2010]. HOLLIS# 014461260
QL371.N43 2010x [DVD]

Stadtnatur im Wandel: Artenvielfalt in Frankfurt am Main.
By Indra Starke-Ottich [and five others]; mit Beiträgen von: Nicole Frölich [and ten others].Stuttgart: E. Schweizerbart’sche Velagsbuchhandlung, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014510037
QH149.S73 2015x

New book list, October 21, 2015


La Brea and beyond: the paleontology of asphalt-preserved biotas.

Edited by John M. Harris. Los Angeles: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 2015. HOLLIS# 014498526

QE841.L32 2015x

The Brewster story: a definitive history of Brewster Academy.

By Robert and Shirley Richardson. [Wolfeboro, N.H.]: Brewster Academy, c2011. HOLLIS# 014498542

LD7501.W65 R53 2011x

Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska.

Revised second edition. Yves Bousquet, Patrice Bouchard, Anthony E. Davies, Derek S. Sikes. Sofia: Pensoft, 2013. HOLLIS# 014502162

QL585.C48 2013

Danmarks bredtæger, randtæger og ildtæger.

By Ole Fogh Nielsen, Lars Skipper. Ollerup, Denmark: Apollo Booksellers, 2015. HOLLIS# 014498555

QL522.4.D3 N54 2015x

Evolutionary developmental biology of invertebrates. Vols. 2-4.

Andreas Wanninger, editor. Wien; New York: Springer, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014473843

QL362.75.E86 2015x

Fossil ecosystems of North America: a guide to the sites and their extraordinary biotas.

By John R. Nudds (University of Manchester, Manchester, UK), Paul A. Selden (University of Kansas, Kansas, USA).London: Manson Publishing, [2008]. HOLLIS# 014499159

QE720.2.N5 N8 2008x

Haeckel’s embryos: images, evolution, and fraud.

By Nick Hopwood. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014460544

QH361.H67 2015

Handbook of paleoherpetology. Part 3A1, Basal tetrapoda.

Stuttgart: G. Fischer,1969-1998- : München: Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil. HOLLIS# 000676119

REF. QE861.H3

Human-wildlife conflict: complexity in the marine environment.

Edited by Megan M. Draheim, Francine Madden, Julie-Beth McCarthy, E.C.M. Parsons. First Edition. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014502120

TD194.6.H86 2015x

Illustrated identification guide to adults and larvae of northeastern North American ground beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae).

By Yves Bousquet. Sofia: Pensoft, 2010. HOLLIS# 014502159

QL596.C2 B686 2010x

Laboratory studies in earth history.

By Harold L. Levin, Michael S. Smith.9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, c2008. HOLLIS# 014499162

QE41.L47 2008

Naturalists on the isthmus of Panama: a hundred years of natural history on the biological bridge of the Americas.

By Stanley Heckadon-Moreno. First English edition. Panama: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, 2004. HOLLIS# 014499149

QH108.P3 H4313 2004x

Nudibranch & Sea Slug identification: Indo-Pacific.

By Terrence M. Gosliner, Ángel Valdéz, David W. Behrens. First edition. Jacksonville, FL: New World Publications, September 2015. HOLLIS# 014492914

QL430.4.G67 2015x

Ornitologia Cuneese: indagine bibliografica e dati inediti.

By Bruno Caula, Pier Luigi Beraudo. Cuneo, Italy: Primalpe Constanzo Martini, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014500537

QL690.I8 C38 2014x

Selvas entre dos mares: expediciones científicas al Istmo de Panamá, siglos XVIII-XX.

By Stanley Heckadon-Moreno. Panamá: Instituto Smithsonian de Investigaciones Tropicales, 2006. HOLLIS# 014499147

QH108.P3 H446 2006x

Pforzheimer Fellow Deirdre Moore at the Ernst Mayr Library


Deirdre Moore, a graduate student in Harvard’s History of Science Department, spent the summer of 2015  working with the Ernst Mayr Library’s lantern slide collection.   Harvard entomologists William Morton Wheeler (1865-1937),  Charles T. Brues (1879-1955) ,  Frank M. Carpenter(1902-1994) and Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus Edward O. Wilson (1929- ) were primary contributors of the images. Because of the research interests of the contributors, many of the images were of ants, fossil ants, and illustrations of biogeography such as island landscapes.  Support for the project was generously provided by the Harvard Library Pforzheimer Fellowship program.

Before the project began, the number of lantern slides was estimated to be 1800, with several hundred additional photographic slides and transparencies. In spring 2015, more lantern slides were transferred from the Entomology Dept. of the Museum of Comparative Zoology to the Library, bringing the total to nearly 3000. Under the direction of librarians Robert Young and Joseph DeVeer, Moore has recorded data from 2885 lantern slides into spreadsheets, transcribing the text on them and identifying the contributor, location and date as possible. Handling such a large number of objects, Moore became very familiar with Wheeler’s handwriting, among others. In addition to cataloging, Moore cleaned over 1000 slides, and housed approximately 800 in numbered envelopes. Library staff will produce a finding aid for the collection based on her work.

For the scholarly context of the slides, Moore consulted with faculty and staff in the Entomology Dept., which led to the discovery of significant correspondence and other archival materials. Entomologist Philip Darlington  (1904-1983) was in Colombia in 1928-29 during the “Banana Massacre”.  Aware of the violence and fires being set locally, Darlington buried his notes and slides underground, so that his materials are some of the only surviving records of that era. Present day militias such as the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) are seen as a legacy of the brutal response of the Colombian military to the banana growers’ labor dispute with United Fruit in 1928.

Deirdre Moore was an ideal fit to work with the MCZ collections. A graduate of Kings College and Dalhousie University, Moore’s research interests concern the relationship of insects and cultures. Moore entered her 6th year of graduate study in September, and will continue her collaborations with Harvard libraries. In the 2015-16 academic year, she will be a Tyler Fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington, DC, where she will examine the insect-related materials in their collection and construct a pollinator garden on the grounds.

New book list, August 12, 2015


Abnormalities and other changes on woolly mammoth bones from central Europe 32,000 to 20,000 years ago: a monograph.
By Alina Krzemińska. Kraków: Instytut Systematyki i Ewolucji Zwierząt Polskiej Akademii Nauk, 2014. HOLLIS# 014449864
QE882.P8 K79 2014x

Atlas of early stage fishes in Japan.
Second edition. [Tokyo]: Tokai Daigaku Shuppankai,[2014]. HOLLIS# 014423659
QL634.J3 N45 2014x

Beetles: biodiversity, ecology and role in the environment.
Camilla Stack, editor. [Hauppauge], New York: Nova Publishers, [2015].
HOLLIS# 014449855
QL573.B438 2015

British soldierflies and their allies: an illustrated guide to their identification and ecology: covering all flies (Diptera) in the families Acroceridae, Asilidae, Athericidae, Bombyliidae, Rhagionidae, Scenopinidae, Stratiomyidae, Tabanidae, Therevidae, Xylomyidae and Xylophagidae.
By Alan E. Stubbs and Martin Drake; with photographic colour plates by David Wilson. Second edition. Reading, Berkshire: British Entomological and Natural History Society, 2014. HOLLIS# 014427378
QL535.4.G7 S79 2014x

Catalogue of shell collection by Mr. Hiroshi Takakuwa presented to Toyohashi Museum of Natural History. Vol. 2, pt. 11. Gastropoda (Part 11). Family Marginellidae – Family Turridae.
By Nobue Izawa and Keiji Matsuoka. Toyohashi-shi: Toyohashi-shi Shizenshi Hakubutsukan, 1993- . HOLLIS# 006296515
QL406.2.I92 1993 v. 2, pt. 11

Climate change adaptation plan for Australian birds.
Editors: Stephen T. Garnett and Donald C. Franklin. Collingwood, VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014427094
QL698.95.C55 2014

The Greenland entomofauna: an identification manual of insects, spiders and their allies.
Edited by Jens Böcher, Niels P. Kristensen, Thomas Pape and Lars Vilhelmsen. Leiden; Boston: Brill, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014448466
QL482.G83 G73 2015

Kamus lengkap flora-fauna Indonesia.
Penyusun, Drs. Budi Suhono. Matraman, Jakarta: PT Kaisar Ilmu, 2013. HOLLIS# 013826320
QH186.B83 2013 vol. 1-4

Letting go of legacy services: library case studies.
Edited by Mary Evangeliste and Katherine Furlong. Chicago: ALA Editions, An imprint of the American Library Association, 2014. HOLLIS# 014436829
Z678.L43 2014

Mammalogy: adaptation, diversity, ecology.
Edited by George A. Feldhamer [and four others]. Fourth edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014425793
QL703.M36 2015

Murder at Harvard [videorecording].
A Spy Pond Productions film for American Experience; produced by Melissa Banta & Eric Stange; directed by Eric Stange; written by Eric Stange, Melissa Banta, Simon Schama.[Alexandria, Va.]: PBS Home Video, [2003]. HOLLIS# 009775888
RA1123 .M8 2003

The population biology of tuberculosis.
By Christopher Dye. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014438249
RA644.T7 D94 2015x

Pristionchus pacificus: a nematode model for comparative and evolutionary biology.
Edited by Ralf J. Sommer. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2015. HOLLIS# 014449858
QL391.N4 P75 2015

By Kenneth J. Boss. Collected works of Kenneth J. Boss, 1959-1999.
HOLLIS# 014453192
QL402.B67x (v. 1-7)

Salamanders of the Old World: the salamanders of Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
By Max Sparreboom. First edition. Zeist: KNNV Publishing, 2014. HOLLIS# 014427096
QL668.C2 S67 2014

Sequel to “The Life Histories of Asian Butterflies Vols. I & II”.
By Suguru Igarashi and Motohiro Harada. Tokyo: Yoshiko Igarashi, 2015. HOLLIS# 014423609
Ref. QL556.A1 I43 2015x

The sixth extinction: an unnatural history.
By Elizabeth Kolbert. First edition. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2014. HOLLIS# 013949878
QE721.2.E97 K65 2014

16th International Conference of the International Bryozoological Association.
A cura di Antonietta Rosso, Patrick N. Wyse Jackson & Jo Porter. Trento, Italia: MUSE – Museo delle Scienze, 2014. HOLLIS# 014428455
QL396.I58 2013x

Traditional ecological knowledge: practical roles in climate change adaptation and conservation.
Jerome M. Harrington, editor. New York: Nova Publishers, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014449852
QH541.T733 2015x

Found on librarian travels



Dorothy Barr was visiting the Field Museum in Chicago when who should appear in a video …

New book list, July 23, 2015


The Aerobic endospore-forming bacteria: classification and identification.
Edited by R.C.W. Berkeley and M. Goodfellow. London; New York: Published for the Society for General Microbiology by Academic Press, 1981. HOLLIS# 000933195
QR81.A43 1981

Beneath the surface: killer whales, SeaWorld, and the truth beyond Blackfish.
By John Hargrove with Howard Chua-Eoan. First edition. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. HOLLIS# 014331134
QL737.C432 H3675 2015

Bibliography of Balthazar Hacquet (1739-1815) and his contribution to natural sciences: (obituary on 200th anniversary of Hacquetʼs death). 

By Stanislav Južnič & Andrej Kranjc. Ljubljana: Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti, 2013. HOLLIS# 014402730
QH31.H18 J89 2013x

Biodiversity conservation and environmental change: using palaeoecology to manage dynamic landscapes in the Anthropocene.
By Lindsey Gillson (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town). First edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014428434
QH75.G545 2015x

Biodiversity values on selected Kimberly islands, Australia.
Edited by L.A. Gibson, S. Yates and P. Doughty. Perth, Western Australia: Western Australian Museum, [2012-2014]. HOLLIS# 014412488
QH197.B475 2012x

Bright paradise: Victorian scientific travelers.
By Peter Raby. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1997. HOLLIS# 007860175
Q115.R18 1997

A buzz in the meadow: the natural history of a French farm.
By Dave Goulson. First U.S. edition. New York: Picador, May 2015. HOLLIS# 014428414
QL467.G68 2015x

Chtenii͡a pami͡ati N.V. Timofeeva-Resovskogo.
Otvetstvennyĭ redaktor R.R. Atai͡an. Erevan: Izdatelʹstvo AN Armi͡anskoĭ SSR, 1983. HOLLIS# 014357497
QH426.5.C44 1983

Describing the behavior and effects of pesticides in urban and agricultural settings.
Russell L. Jones, editor (Bayer CropScience. Research Triangle Park, North Carolina), Mah Shamim, editor (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC), Scott H. Jackson, editor (BASF Research Triangle Park, North Carolina); sponsored by the ACS Division of Agrochemicals. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society, 2014.HOLLIS# 014428382
QH545.P4 D47 2014

Diving seals and meditating yogis: strategic metabolic retreats.
By Robert Elsner. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014428412
QL737.P6 E58 2015

Domestic animal behaviour and welfare.
By Donald M. Broom (Department of Veterinary Medicine and St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, UK) and Andrew F. Fraser (formerly Memorial University of Newfoundland Canada).5th edition. Wallingford, UK; Boston, MA: CABI, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014428446
SF756.7.B76 2015

Ducks, geese, and swans of North America.
By Guy Baldassarre; with assistance from Susan Sheaffer. Revised and updated edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, [2014].
HOLLIS# 014428403
QL696.A52 B3348 2014 (v. 1-2 + 1 CD-ROM)

Ecology of fishes on coral reefs.
Edited by Camilo Mora (Department of Geography, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, USA). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014428378
QL620.45.E26 2015

Elephant sense and sensibility: behavior and cognition.
By Michael Garstang; photographers: Wynand du Plessis and Claudia du Plessis. London, UK; San Diego, CA: Academic Press/Elsevier, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014428375
QL737.P98 G387 2015x

The emergence of zoonotic diseases: understanding the impact on animal and human health: workshop summary.
Tom Burroughs, Stacey Knobler, and Joshua Lederberg, editors; Forum on Emerging Infections, Board on Global Health, Institute of Medicine. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, c2002. HOLLIS# 008904903
RA639.E46 2002

Eucosma Hübner of the contiguous United States and Canada : (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Eucosmini).
By Donald J. Wright, Todd M. Gilligan. Alamogordo, N.M.: The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, 2015. HOLLIS# 014404118
QL545.2.W75 2015x

Gotham unbound: the ecological history of greater New York.
By Ted Steinberg. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. New York: Simon & Schuster, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014118210
QH105.N7 S77 2014

Hippotherium primigenium (Equidae, Mammalia) from the Late Miocene of Höwenegg (Hegau, Germany).
By Brenor, Tobien, Hayek & Mittmann. Karlsruhe: Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, [1997]. HOLLIS# 014403636
QE882.U6 B47 1997x

House guests, house pests: a natural history of animals in the home.
By Richard Jones. London; New York: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015.
HOLLIS# 014428421
TX325.J665 2015x

Insect fauna of Korea. V. 12, no. 15: Arthropoda, Insecta, Coleoptera, Scarabaeoidea, Lucanidae and Passalidae : Lucanidae and Passalidae.
Incheon : National Institute of Biological Resources, c2011- . HOLLIS# 014412435
QL483.K8 I54 2011x v. 12, no. 15

Institut okeanologii im. P.P. Shirshova: polveka izuchenii︠a︡ Mirovogo okeana.
Pod redakt︠s︡ieĭ M.E. Vinogradova, S.S. Lappo. Moskva: “Nauka”, 1999. HOLLIS# 008385280
GC59.55.P65 1999

Die Köcherfliegen: Trichoptera.
By Wilfried Wichard, Rüdiger Wagner. 4., vollständig überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage. Magdeburg: VerlagsKG Wolf, 2015. HOLLIS# 014402734
QL516.W54 2015x

Late Miocene Suidae from Eurasia: the Hippopotamodon and Microstonyx problem revisited.
By Martin Pickford. München: Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014412399
QE882.U3 P53 2015x

Lifestyles and feeding biology.
Edited by Martin Thiel and Les Watling. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014428371
QL435.L54 2015

Mammalian toxicology.
Edited by Mohamed B. Abou-Donia. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley, 2015. HOLLIS# 014428399
QL739.2.M356 2015

Marine mammals: evolutionary biology.
By Annalisa Berta (Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA); James L. Sumich (Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA); Kit M. Kovacs (Norwegian Polar Institute, FRAM Center, Tromsø, Norway; University Centre on Svalbard (UNIS), Svalbard, Norway). Third edition. London; San Diego, CA: Elsevier/Academic Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014428391
QL713.2.B47 2015x

Mind the gap II: new insights into the Irish postglacial.
By D. Paddy Sleeman, Jens Carlsson and Jeanette E.L. Carlsson [editors]. [Belfast]: Irish Naturalists’ Journal Ltd., 2014. HOLLIS#014404171
QE721.2.P24M56 2014x

The molecular biology of cadherins.
Edited by Frans Van Roy. 1st ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier/Academic Press, c2013.HOLLIS# 013636723
QP552.C42M65 2013

Nauchno-issledovatelʹskoe sudno “Dmitriĭ Mendeleev” i ego ėkspedit͡sii, 1969-1993.
[By] O.A. Kuznet͡sov, D.L. Aleĭnik. Moskva: GEOS, 2002. HOLLIS# 014359243
GC63.A2 K894 2002

Nauchno-issledovatelʹskoe sudno “Akademik Kurchatov” i ego ėkspedit︠s︡ii 1966-1991 = Scientific Research Vessel “Academik Kurchatov” and its Expeditions 1966-1991.
[By] O.A. Kuznet︠s︡ov, V.V. Burenin.Moskva, 2000. HOLLIS# 008726987
GC63.A2 K89 2000

Paleontologia de invertebrados o legado brasiliero.
Renato Pirani Ghilardi, Sandro Marcelo Scheffler (Editores). Porto Alegre, RS: SBP, 2014. HOLLIS# 014428499
QE770.P354 2014x

The sea among us: the amazing Strait of Georgia.Amazing Strait of Georgia.
Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd., [2014]. HOLLIS# 014378912
QH95.38.S32 2014

Studying captive animals: a workbook of methods in behaviour, welfare and ecology.
By Paul A. Rees (Senior Lecturer, School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford, UK). Hoboken, NJ, USA: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2015. HOLLIS# 014428450
SF408.R44 2015

Threatened birds of Jammu & Kashmir.
By Asad R. Rahmani, Intesar Suhail, Pankaj Chandan, Khursheed Ahmad, and Ashfaq Ahmed Zarri ; maps prepared by Mohit Kalra and Noor I. Khan ; layout and design by V. Gopi Naidu. Oxford: Oxford, 2014. HOLLIS# 014428386
QL676.57.I4 R34 2014x

Tōkyō Daigaku Sōgō Kenkyū Hakubutsukan shozō gensei Nihonjika zukotsu hyōhon dētabēsu: 1) Miyagi-ken Kinkasan-tō narabi ni Iwate-ken Goyōzan o nozoku Nihon zenkoku. Database of extant Sika deer skulls: 1) all over Japan (except for Kinkazan Island, Miyagi Prefecture & Mt. Goyo, Iwate Prefecture.
Kubo (Ozaki) Mugino, Takatsuki Seiki, Yamada Eisuke, Endō Hideki = / by Mugino Ozaki Kubo, Seiki Takatsuki, Eisuke Yamada, Hideki Endo. Tōkyō-to Bunkyō-ku: Tōkyō Daigaku Sōgō Kenkyū Hakubutsukan, 2015. HOLLIS# 014403332
QL737.U55 K85 2015x

TzinTzunTzan, el lugar de los colibries — otra vez = TzinTzunTzan, place of the hummingbirds – again.
[Editor], Brenda Brown; [essayists, Consuelo Bonfil … et al.]. Morelia: Museo de Arte Contempráneo, Alfredo Zalice: [Distributed outside of Mexico by University Press of Florida], 2015. HOLLIS# 014403915
QL676.57.M6 T95 2015

Wildlife habitat conservation: concepts, challenges, and solutions.

Edited by Michael L. Morrison & Heather A. Mathewson. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014428396
QH75.W529 2015

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