Further Reading on Biodiversity & Extinction

This morning, the UN published an extensive report on the decline of biodiversity around the globe, and how this will impact humanity. The report, which was prepared by thousands of experts and included information from thousands of scientific studies, found that native plant and animal life has fallen by 20 percent or more, mainly over the past century. 

We’ve put together a reading list for anyone interested in better understanding biodiversity, extinction, and what needs to be done down to bring our planet back from the brink: 

The Last Butterflies: A Scientist’s Quest to Save a Rare and Vanishing Creature
By Nick Haddad

A first-hand account of studying and striving to save the world’s rarest butterflies that details how global changes threaten their existence, and how we can begin to bring them back from near-extinction. 


The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild
By Thomas D. Seeley

A manifesto for studying the lives of wild honey bees as a means of saving one of the natural world’s most important pollinators. 

The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters
By Sean Carroll

How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna, or fish in the ocean? In The Serengeti Rules, Sean B. Carroll shows how answers to questions like these matter for our health and the health of the planet on which we depend.

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction
By Beth Shapiro

In How to Clone a Mammoth, evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro investigates the technical, ethical, and ecological challenges in bringing extinct species back, and how advances in these areas will redefine conservation. 


The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene
By Oswald J. Schmitz

Our species is single-handedly transforming the entire planet to suit its own needs. Because of this, ecologists have begun to think differently about the interdependence of humans and the natural world. This concise and accessible book provides the best available introduction to what this new ecology is really all about. 


Ecological Forecasting 
By Michael C. Dietze 

In Ecological Forecasting, Michael C. Dietze presents a new way of doing ecology that uses a closer connection between data and models to help project our current understanding of ecological processes into new places and times.