New book list, February 25, 2015


Amphibians & reptiles of Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Florida.
By Charles LeBuff and Chris Lechowicz; featuring the photography of Bill Love & Daniel Parker ; foreword by C. Kenneth Dodd., Jr., Ph. D. Fort Myers, Fla.: Amber Publishing; Sanibel, Fla.: Ralph Curtis Publishing, [2013]. HOLLIS# 014293844
QL653.F6L32 2013

The animal mind: an introduction to the philosophy of animal cognition.
By Kristin Andrews. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2015. HOLLIS# 014281014
QL785.A69 2015

Animalele de apă dulce și răspîndirea lor.
[De] G.D. Vasiliu [și] P. Bănărescu. București: Editura științifica, 1960. HOLLIS# 014288425
QH541.5.F7V37 1960

The anoles of honduras: systematics, distribution, and conservation.
By James R. McCranie and Gunther Köhler. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology, 2015. HOLLIS# 014218390
QL666.L268M33 2015

An atlas of common nearshore marine fish larvae of the Hawaiian Islands.
By John M. Miller, William Watson, and Jeffrey M. Leis. Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, 1979. HOLLIS# 014288394
QL636.5.H3M54 1979

Australian high country raptors.
By Jerry Olsen. Collingwood, Vic.: CSIRO Publishing, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014281022
QL677.78.O57 2014

A biological survey of the Champlain watershed.Supplemental to Nineteenth annual report, 1929.
Albany, J.B. Lyon Co., printers, 1930. HOLLIS# 014288495
SH35.N7C4 1929

Catálogo de los moluscos continentales de Colombia.
[By] Edgar L. Linares & Mónica L. Vera.Bogotá: Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Facultad de Ciencias, Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, 2012. HOLLIS# 014285266
QL424.C6L56 2012

Catalogue of the Masayo Kato insect collection, the University Museum, the University of Tokyo.Part 1,Hymenoptera.
Hirohiko Nagase, Kazushi Harada, Hayato Ito & Masaya Yago. Tokyo: Tokyo daigaku sogo kenkyu hakubutsukan, 2014. HOLLIS# 014299987
QL468.2.T64 2014a

A colour guide to familiar freshwater fishes.
By Jir̆í C̆ihar̆; illustrated by Jir̆í Maly̆; translated [from the Czech] by Daniela Coxon. London: Octopus Books, 1976. HOLLIS# 014287738
QL633.A1 C44 1976

The dismal state of the Great Lakes: an ecologist’s analysis of why it happened, and how to fix the mess we have made.
By James P. Ludwig. [Bloomington, IN]: Xlibris LLC,2013. HOLLIS# 014284302
QH104.5.G7L82 2013

Dog behaviour, evolution, and cognition.
By Ádám Miklósi (Department of Ethology, Eötvös University, Budapest). Second edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014293947
QL795.D6 M44 2015

The Effects of power generation on some of the living marine resources of the Cape Cod Canal and approaches.
By W. Stephen Collings [and others].[Place of publication not identified] : Massachusetts Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Recreational Vehicles, Division of Marine Fisheries, 1981.HOLLIS# 014288484
TD195.E4E55 1981

Elephant – the lady boss: ecology and management.
Dr. C.H. Basappanavar. Revised edition. Bengaluru, India: Vanasuma Prakashana, 2012. HOLLIS# 014129538
QL737.P98 B373 2012

Estudo das populações portuguesas do gén. Barbus cuvier, 1817 (Pisces, Cyprinidae).
[By] Carlos A. S. Almaça. Lisboa: [publisher not identified], 1967. HOLLIS# 014287655
QL638.C94A55 1967

The fishes of Oklahoma.
By Rudolph J. Miller and Henry W. Robison. Stillwater, Okla., Oklahoma State University Press, 1973. HOLLIS# 014287736
QL628.O5M646 1973

Fishes of the Delaware estuaries: a guide to the early life histories.
By Johnson C.S. Wang & Ronnie J. Kernehan. Towson, Md.: E A Communications, ©1979. HOLLIS# 014288388
QL628.D3W35 1979

Minami Shinakai no gyorui = Fishes of the South China Sea.Fishes of the South China Sea
Tōkyō: Kaiyō Suisan Shigen Kaihatsu Sentā, 1982. HOLLIS# 014288491
QL623.56.M56 1982

Fishes of the world.
Illustrated by Will Nickless and George Thompson. Maps by John Smith. New York, Grosset & Dunlap [1971]. HOLLIS# 014287739
QL617.C63 1971

Flora illustrata: great works from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden.
Edited by Susan M. Fraser and Vanessa Bezemer Sellers; foreword by Gregory Long.Bronx, New York: New York Botanical Garden; New Haven : Yale University Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 014155396
QK98.3.N48 2014

Fundamentals of systems biology: from synthetic circuits to whole-cell models.
By Markus W. Covert. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2015] HOLLIS# 014293949
QH313.C83 2015

Guide to northeast Pacific rockfishes: genera Sebastes and Sebastolobus.
By Donald E. Kramer and Victoria M. O’Connell.Rev. Aug. 1988.Fairbanks, Alaska : Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska, [1988]. HOLLIS# 014287621
QL638.S42K71 1988

Important bird areas of Maharashtra: priority sites for conservation.
[Edited by] Asad R. Rahmani … [et al.] ; maps prepared by Mohit Kalra; layout and design by V. Gopi Naidu. Mumbai, India: BNHS, India ; Oxford; New York: Oxford, c2013. HOLLIS# 014293951
QL676.57.I4I47 2013

Indian snakes: a field guide.
By Neelimkumar Khaire. 1st ed. Pune: Jyotsna Prakashan, 2014. HOLLIS# 014132919
QL666.O6 K43 2014

Invasive species in a globalized world : ecological, social, and legal perspectives on policy.
Edited by Reuben P. Keller, Marc W. Cadotte, and Glenn Sandiford. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014281047
QH353.I593 2015

A life for reptiles and amphibians. Volume 1: A collection of 55 interviews on “How to become a herpetologist.”
By Fabrizio Li Vigni. Frankfurt am Main: Edition Chimaira, 2013- . HOLLIS# 014288500
QL641.L5 2013 v. 1

The map turtle and sawback atlas: ecology, evolution, distribution, and conservation.
By Peter V. Lindeman; foreword by Anders G.J. Rhodin. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2013]. HOLLIS# 014293974

Marine biodiversity, climatic variability and global change.
By Grégory Beaugrand. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2015. HOLLIS# 014281052
QH91.8.B6B427 2015

Marine faunal diversity in India: taxonomy, ecology and conservation.
Edited by Krishnamoorthy Venkataraman. London; San Diego, CA: Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014281059
QH183.M37 2014

Marine food and game fishes of California,
By John E. Fitch and Robert J. Lavenberg. Illus. by Evie Templeton. Photos. by Daniel W. Gotshall and Charles H. Turner. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1971.HOLLIS# 014287737
QL628.C2F47 1971

Naše ryby.
Josef Mihálik, František Reiser.Vyd. 3.V Praze: Státní zemědělské nakl., 1988. HOLLIS# 014288420
QL633.C95M54 1988

Nos ref di Koral=ons koraalrif = our coral reef.
By Dr. Bart A. de Boer. 2nd rev. ed. [Willemstad?]: Stichting Dierenbescherming Curaçao, 2010. HOLLIS# 014291860
QH92.4.D4 2010

Peces continentales neotropicales.
By Agustín Fernández-Yépez, [Caracas]: [publisher not identified], [19--?]. HOLLIS# 014287630
QL632.A1F36 v. 2

A primer in biological data analysis and visualization using R.
By Gregg Hartvigsen. New York: Columbia University Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014293981

Reptiles in research: investigations of ecology, physiology, and behavior from desert to sea.
Editor, William I. Lutterschmidt. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2013. HOLLIS# 014293985

Ryby Okhotskogo mori͡a [Fishes of the Sea of Okhotsk].
[By] P. I͡U. Shmidt. Moskva: Izd-vo Akademii nauk SSSR, 1950.HOLLIS# 014288498
QL623.S34 1950

Scientific results of the yacht Ara expeditions during the years 1926 to 1930, and yacht Alva world cruise, July 1931 to March 1932, and yacht Alva Mediterranean cruise, 1933, William K. Vanderbilt commanding. Fishes.
By N.A. Borodin. [Huntington, N.Y.]: Vanderbilt Oceanographic Museum, 1928-1934. HOLLIS# 014287670
QL618.15.B67 1928

Sea otters of Haida Gwaii: icons in human-ocean relations.
By N.A. Sloan & Dick Lyle. Queen Charlotte, BC: Archipelago Management Board; Skidgate, BC: Haida Gwaii Museum, c2012. HOLLIS# 014113082
HD9778.5.S4153 B8 2012

Studies on the sinistral flounders found in the waters around Japan: taxonomy, anatomy and phylogeny.
By Kunio Amaoka. Reprinted from the Journal of the Shomonoseki University of Fisheries, vol. 18, no. 2, November, 1969.HOLLIS# 014287678
QL638.P7 A48 1969

Theodore Thomson Flynn: not just Errol’s father.
By Tony & Vicki Harrison. Hobart, Tasmania: Anthony & Vicki Harrison, 2013. HOLLIS# 014284309
QH31.F59 H37 2013

Tropical aquariums, plants, and fishes.
[New and rev. ed.]. London, New York, Warne, [1954, ©1937]. HOLLIS# 014287740
SF457.W45 1954

Urban wildlife conservation: theory and practice.
By Robert A. McCleery, Christopher E. Moorman, M. Nils Peterson, editors. New York: Springer, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014281135
QH541.5.C6 U745 2014

Wild animal skins in Victorian Britain: zoos, collections, portraits, and maps.
By Ann C. Colley, State University College of New York at Buffalo, USA. Farnham, Surrey, England; Burlington, VT, USA : Ashgate, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014293989
QL67.C65 2014

New book list, Feb. 4, 2015


The amazing world of flyingfish.

By Steve N. G. Howell. Princeton: Princeton University Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014284295
QL638.E9H69 2014

Beneath cold seas: the underwater wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.

By David Hall; foreword by Christopher Newbert ; introduction by Sarika Cullis-Suzuki. Vancouver: Greystone Books; Seattle: University of Washington Press, c2011. HOLLIS# 014262915
TR800.H255 2011

The breeding birds of North-East Scotland: an atlas of the breeding birds of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, including part of the Cairngorms National Park.

Edited by Ian Francis and Martin Cook; photographic editor: Harry Scott. Aberdeen: Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, 2011. HOLLIS# 013395335
QL690.S4B74 2011

Chemoreception in fishes.

Edited by Toshiaki J. Hara. Amsterdam; New York: Elsevier Scientific Pub. Co.,1982. HOLLIS# 014287677
QL639.1.C48 1982

Conservation and management of ornamental fish resources of the Rio Negro Basin, Amazonia, Brasil: (project Piaba).

Edited by N.L. Chao, Paulo Petry [and others]. Manaus: Editora da Universidade do Amazonas, 2001. HOLLIS# 014288422
SH236.C66 2001

The cultural lives of whales and dolphins [e-book].

By Hal Whitehead and Luke Rendell. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014236860

Ecology, utilization, and management of marine fisheries.

By George A. Rounsefell. Saint Louis: Mosby, 1975. HOLLIS# 004494405
SH328.R68 1975

Encyclopedia of tropical fishes; with special emphasis on techniques of breeding.

By Herbert R. Axelrod and William Vorderwinkler. Jersey City: T.F.H. Publications; distributed by Sterling Pub. Co., New York, 1957. HOLLIS# 014288413
SF456.5.A94 1957

Exotic marine fishes.

By Herbert R. Axelrod, Cliff W. Emmens. Jersey City, N.J.: T.F.H. Publications; New York: Distributed by Crown Publishers, ©1969. HOLLIS# 014288410
SF457.1.A94 1969

A field guide to the larger mammals of Tanzania.

By Charles Foley, Lara Foley, Alex Lobora, Daniela De Luca, Maurus Msuha, Tim R.B. Davenport & Sarah Durant. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014284297
QL731.T35 F65 2014

The Fish book.

Lincoln: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, 1987. HOLLIS# 014288397
SH519.F47 1987

Fish food habits studies: 1st Pacific Northwest Technical Workshop, workshop proceedings, Astoria, Oregon, October 13-15, 1976.

Editors, Charles A. Simenstad and Sandy J. Lipovsky. Seattle: Washington Sea Grant [Program], Division of Marine Resources, University of Washington, [1977]. HOLLIS# 014288408
SH156.P33 1976

Fishes: a guide to their diversity.

By Philip Alan Hastings, H.J. Walker, and Grantly R. Galland. Oakland, California: University of California Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014238382
QL615.H37 2014

H.S. Pepoon, pioneer conservationist of northwest Illinois: essays on ecology 1904-1933.

Compiled and published by Cory Ritterbusch; foreword by William Handel; with an extensive introduction by the publisher. Galena, Illinois: Prairieworks, 2011. HOLLIS# 014284315
QH105.I3 P47 2011

Living Muricidae of the world: Muricinae – Murex, Promurex, Haustellum, Bolinus, Vokesimurex and Siratus.

By Roland Houart. Harxheim, Germany: ConchBooks, 2014. HOLLIS# 014288375
Moll. QL430.5.M9 H68 2014

PrIBES 2000: trabajos del 1er Taller Iberoamericano de Entomología Sistemática : Villa de Leyva (Colombia), 28 de junio a 5 de julio de 1999.

Fermín Martín-Piera, Juan José Morrone & Antonio Melic (eds.). 1. ed. Zaragoza [Spain]: Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa, 2000. HOLLIS# 014290693
QL476.5.T34 1999

The Role of potassium in agriculture.

Edited by V.J. Kilmer, S.E. Younts [and] N.C. Brady. Managing editor: Richard C. Dinauer. Assistant editor: David M. Kral.Madison, Wis.,American Society of Agronomy, 1968. HOLLIS# 014288382
S645.R64 1968

Safeguarding cultural properties: security for museums, libraries, parks, and zoos.

By Stevan P. Layne. Amsterdam; Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, is an imprint of Elsevier, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014281064
AM141.L23 2014

Sea fisheries research.

Edited by F.R. Harden Jones. New York, Wiley, [1974]. HOLLIS# 014288497
S331.2.S4 1974

Soil management in tropical America: Proceedings of a Seminar held at CIAT, Cali, Colombia, February 10-14, 1974.

Edited by Elemer Bornemisza and Alfredo Alvarado. Raleigh, N.C.: Published on behalf of the University Consortium on Soils of the Tropics by the Soil Science Dept., North Carolina State University, 1975. HOLLIS# 014288385
S599.23.S4 1974

Systems biology: an integrated platform for bioinformatics, systems synthetic biology and systems metabolic engineering.

By Bor-Sen Chen and Chia-Chou Wu. New York: Nova Publishers, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014281073
QH324.2.S9718 2014

Taiwan dan shui ji he kou yu lei zhi. The freshwater and estuarine fishes of Taiwan.

[By] I-Shiung Chen and Lee-Shing Fang. Taipei: National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium, Minguo 88 [1999]. HOLLIS# 014288393
QL634.T28C44 1999

The Utah prairie dog: life among the red rocks.

By Theodore G. Manno; photography by Elaine Miller Bond; foreword by John L. Hoogland. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 014281078
QL737.R68M3316 2014

Wildlife of the Caribbean.

By Herbert A. Raffaele and James W. Wiley. Princeton: Princeton University Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014284300
QH109.A1 R34 2014

A Bridge to the Past: The Writings of William Brewster


William Brewster was a self-educated ornithologist who lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From the mid-1800s until his death in 1919, he amassed a tremendous specimen collection and became one of the foremost experts on birds in the northeastern United States. In 1906, the Nuttall Ornithological Club published The Birds of the Cambridge Region of Massachusetts, Brewster’s exhaustive work on the avian fauna of his own backyard. While the book is a valuable historical resource, it is Brewster’s journals and diaries—spanning over 50 years of his life—that contain the goldmine of his recorded observations. Last year, the Ernst Mayr Library made these journals and diaries available on BHL.

Photo of William Brewster in The Auk, Volume 37, 1920

Photo of William Brewster in The Auk, Volume 37, 1920

Increasingly, researchers and conservationists rely on collections of data points to understand species’ habits, population decline, and migration patterns. One such collection is eBird, a website created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. eBird harnesses the contributions of bird-watchers around the world to create interactive maps that display individual observations as data points. These data points are integrated into systems such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), where they paint a rich picture of global environmental health that transcends individual, component snapshots of information.

Since eBird launched in 2002, it has captured millions of bird observations. Prior to the World Wide Web, however—and especially prior to the advent of bird-watching as a common recreational activity around 1900—the record is more spotty. This makes the existing historical data, such as William Brewster’s carefully recorded observations, all the more valuable.

A bird list from Brewster’s 1890 journal

A bird list from Brewster’s 1890 journal

Brewster saw the effects of urbanization and development on the Cambridge of his boyhood; more than the changed landscape, he lamented the loss of birds. In Birds of the Cambridge Region, he wrote of the Mt. Auburn area:

Knolls and ridges have been levelled, swamps and meadows drained or filled, and woods, groves, thickets and orchards swept away, to make place for settlements of houses…Most of the native birds have disappeared…So complete has been the transformation, that it is only by appealing to the imagination…that one can hope to reconstruct even the more prominent features of the landscape as it was twenty or thirty years ago.

In addition to the effects of development, Brewster witnessed the explosion of non-native House (English) Sparrows, the effects of 0ver-hunting, and the cost of human attitudes and ignorance. Brewster listed the Great Horned Owl as an “occasional or accidental” visitor to Cambridge and the Cooper’s Hawk as “expunged or doubtful”; at the time, people believed that these birds were a serious threat to domestic fowl, and they killed them at every opportunity. Wild Turkeys were totally extirpated from the region during Brewster’s lifetime.

Map of Fresh Pond, c.1866, from The Birds of the Cambridge Region of Massachusetts; image provided by Charles Sullivan, Cambridge Historical Commission

Map of Fresh Pond, c.1866, from The Birds of the Cambridge Region of Massachusetts; image provided by Charles Sullivan, Cambridge Historical Commission

Fresh Pond, one of Brewster’s favorite birding spots, is a case study in the harmful effects of human engineering. Before Fresh Pond was made a public park in 1884, hunters decimated the migratory duck populations that had once been abundant. The establishment of the park allowed the ducks to return, but at the cost of marsh birds: the vegetation at the water’s edge was cut down for a perimeter path, and some of the pond’s coves were filled in. With their habitat gone, several Rail species that Brewster commonly encountered around the pond disappeared. According to eBird, they’ve rarely been seen since. Even as the duck population rebounded, the city charged policemen with shooting their guns to scare them off, afraid that they would pollute the municipal water supply.

House Sparrows may be here to stay, but not all the damage has been permanent. Cambridge is working to restore Fresh Pond as a sanctuary for local wildlife. Cooper’s Hawks are now spotted regularly in the city. And Great Horned Owls and Wild Turkeys reside in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, where Brewster is buried. As we continue to make progress, the historical information provided by Brewster and others serves as a guide to conservation, filling in critical gaps in the stories of hundreds of bird species.

eBird Cooper’s Hawk sightings in the Cambridge region for 2014

eBird Cooper’s Hawk sightings in the Cambridge region for 2014

Making Brewster’s writings available on BHL is an important step, but the work doesn’t end there. In order for his journals and diaries to be truly useful, they need to be converted to searchable text files. Ordinarily, a computer would do this using Optical Character Recognition (OCR), but because the technology has trouble reading cursive handwriting, transcriptions must be typed out one page at a time. Thanks to a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), volunteers and project partners at the Ernst Mayr Library are doing just that. Read about BHL’s involvement in the Purposeful Gaming grant, and if you want to help, try your hand at transcribing Brewster’s diaries and journals. By making these writings accessible, we can reach into the past to find information that will help us plot a course for the future.

New book list, January 21, 2015


The action plan for Australian mammals 2012.

John C.Z. Woinarski, Andrew A. Burbidge and Peter L. Harrison; with maps and database management for terrestrial species by Damian Milne. Collingwood, Vic.: CSIRO Publishing, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014281010
QL733.W656 2014

Amphibian biology. Vol. 11, pt. 4: Status of conservation and decline of amphibians: eastern hemisphere.

Edited by Harold Heatwole. Chipping Norton, NSW: Surrey Beatty & Sons; Exeter [U.K.]: Pelagic Publishing, 1994- . HOLLIS# 006273627
QL667.A47 1994 v. 11, pt. 4

Bioli͡uminest͡sent͡sii͡a v okeane.

[Avtory, I.I. Gitelʹzon and others]. S.-Peterburg: Gidrometeoizdat, 1992. HOLLIS# 014281332
QH641.B46 1992

The book of beetles: a life-size guide to six hundred of nature’s gems.

Editor, Patrice Bouchard; contributors, Patrice Bouchard, Yves Bousquet, Christopher Carlton, Maria Lourdes Chamorro, Hermes E. Escalona, Arthur V. Evans, Alexander Konstantinov, Richard A.B. Leschen, Stéphane Le Tirant, Steven W. Lingafelter. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014281025
QL575.B66 2014

Breeding, growth rates, and production of marine copepods.

L.I. Sazhina ; editor, K. Banse ; translator, H.I. Makarenko. Hyderabad, India: Universities Press (India): Distributed by Orient Longman, 2006. HOLLIS# 014280904
QL444.C7 S2913 2006

Dry forests: ecology, species diversity, and sustainable management.

Francis Eliott Greer, editor. New York: Nova Publishers, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014281034
QH541.5.T66D79 2014

Ecological modelling applied to entomology.

Cláudia P. Ferreira, Wesley A.C. Godoy, editors. Cham, Switzerland; New York: Springer, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014281039
QL496.4.E264 2014

Ėkologii͡a i biogeografii͡a pelagiali. [Ecology and biogeography of the open ocean].

K.V. Beklemishev. Moskva: Nauka, 1969. HOLLIS# 011179041
QH541.5.S3B4 1969

Ėkosistemy pelagiali I͡Uzhnogo okeana.

[By] N.M. Voronina; otvetstvennyĭ redaktor M.E. Vinogradov. Moskva: Izd-vo “Nauka”, 1984. HOLLIS# 011162307
QK934.V67 1984

Ėnergetika glubokovodnykh pelagicheskikh soobshchestv.

[By] V.B. T͡Seĭtlin; otvetstvennyĭ redaktor M.E. Vinogradov. Moskva: “Nauka”, 1986. HOLLIS# 011192919
QH541.5.D35T84 1986

John James LaForest Audubon: an English perspective.

By Christine E. Jackson. [Withersfield, Suffolk, England]: Published privately by Christine E. Jackson, [2013]. HOLLIS# 014273761
QL31.A9 J33 2013

Lebensräume von Köcherfliegen (Trichoptera).

[By] Hans Malicky. Linz: Land Oberösterreich, Biologiezentrum/Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, 2014. HOLLIS# 014280786
QL516.M35 2014

The mesoscale structure of the epipelagic ecosystem of the open northern Arabian Sea.

Editors, K. Banse, S.A. Piontkovski. Hyderabad: Universities Press :Distributed by Orient Longman, 2006. HOLLIS# 014280901
QH94.2.M48 2006

The Moths of America north of Mexico, including Greenland. Fasc. 8.1, 17.2, & 26.9

London; E. W. Classey [distributed in the U.S. by Entomological Reprint Specialists, Los Angeles, 1971- . HOLLIS# 001880050

Movement and energy metabolism of marine planktonic organisms.

By E.V. Pavlova; translator, H.I. Makarenko. Hyderabad, India: Universities Press, c2006. HOLLIS# 014280906
QH91.8.P5 P3813 2006

Ordovician (Darriwilian-early Katian) trilobite fauna of northwestern Tarim, Xinjiang, China.

By Zhou Zhiyi, Yin Gongzheng & Zhou Zhiqiang. Canberra: Association of Australasian Palaeontologists, 2014. HOLLIS# 014280269
QE821.Z44 2014

Primate comparative anatomy.

By Daniel L. Gebo; illustrations by Mat Severson. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228554
QL737.P9 G37 2014

Seeing butterflies: new perspectives on colour, pattern & mimicry.

By Philip Howse. United Kingdom: Papadakis, 2014. HOLLIS# 014281069
QL562.2.H69 2014

Sravnitelʹnai͡a ėkologii͡a planktonnykh okeanicheskikh soobshchestv. [Comparative ecology of the plankton oceanic communities].

[By] A.K. Geĭnrikh. Moskva:”Nauka”, 1993. HOLLIS# 011177910
QH90.8.P5 G45 1993

Threatened birds of Maharashtra.

By Asad R. Rahmani, Raju Kasambe, Sujit Narwade, Pramod Patil, and Noor I. Khan; maps prepared by Mohit Kalra and Noor I. Khan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014281076
QL676.57.I4 R34 2014

Vertikal’noe raspredelenie okeanicheskogo zooplanktona.

Moskva, “Nauka” 1968. HOLLIS# 014281331
QL123.V5 1968

New book list, January 8, 2015


The afrotropical Scythrididae.
By Bengt Å. Bengtsson. Schwanfeld: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Peks, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014271390
QL561.S35 B45 2014

Am Ende des Archipels: Alfred Russel Wallace.
By Matthias Glaubrecht. 1. Aufl. Berlin: Galiani, 2013. HOLLIS# 014253525
QH31.W2 G53 2013

Animal diversity, natural history, and conservation. Volumes 2-3.
Editor-in- chief, V.K. Gupta; editor, Anil K. Verma. New Delhi: Daya Publishing House, 2011- . HOLLIS# 013179466
QH541.145.A56 2011 v. 2-3

Atlante delle conchiglie marine del Mediterraneo = Atlas of the Mediterranean sea shells. Volume 5: Heterobranchia.
By Riccardo Giannuzzi-Savelli … [et al.]. 2nd ed. Roma: Edizioni de “La Conchiglia”, 1997- . HOLLIS# 011569064
QL425.M5 A85 1997

Aves marinhas na Bacia de Campos.
By Jorge Bruno Nacinovic. Rio de Janeiro: GEMM Lagos: FIOCRUZ, 2005. HOLLIS# 014267533
QL689.B8 N33 2005

Baleias, botos e golfinhos da Bacia de Campos.
[By] Salvatore Siciliano, Ignacio B. Moreno, Érico Demari e Silva, Vinicius C. Alves. Rio de Janeiro: ENSP/FIOCRUZ, 2006. HOLLIS# 014267538
QL737.C4 B236 2006

Biologia e conservação de pequenos cetáceos no Norte do Estado do Rio de Janeiro.
Ana Paula Madeira Di Beneditto, Renata Maria Arruda Ramos. Campos dos Goytacazes: Fundação Estadual Norte Fluminense, 2001. HOLLIS# 014267528
QL737.C4 D4 2001

The biology of chameleons.
Edited by Krystal Tolley and Anthony Herrel. Berkeley: University of California Press, [2013]. HOLLIS# 014268381
QL666.L23 B56 2013eb [e-book]

Cephalopod cognition.
Edited by Anne-Sophie, Ludovic Dickel, Jennifer Mather. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228478
QL785.C34 2014

Cerrado Norte do Brasil = North Cerrado of Brazil.
Larissa Barreto, organizadora. Pelotas, RS: USEB, 2007. HOLLIS# 014267541
QH117.C473 2007

As conchas das nossas praias.
[By] José Willibaldo Thomé … [et al.]. 2a ed. rev. e ampliada. Porto Alegre: Redes Editora, 2010. HOLLIS# 014267542
QL424.B8 T48 2010

Da ema ao beija-flor.
By Eurico Santos; [desenhos, Mirian Colonna, Ruth Doris Secchin e Eraldo Faria; capa, Branca de Castro]. Belo Horizonte: Editora Itatiaia, 1979. HOLLIS# 014252699
QL689.B8 S29 1979

Ecology, evolution, and behaviour of wild cattle: implications for conservation.
Edited by Mario Melletti & James Burton. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228300
QL737.U53 E255 2014

Enhancing the value and sustainability of field stations and marine laboratories in the 21st century.
Committee on Value and Sustainability of Biological Field Stations, Marine Laboratories, and Nature Reserves in 21st Century Science, Education, and Public Outreach, Board on Life Sciences, Division on Earth and Life Studies. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014228486
QH321.E54 2014

Experimental design for biologists.
By David J. Glass. Second edition. Cold Spring Harbor, New York: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014228494
QH323.5.G565 2014

Grouse of the world.
By Roald Potapov and Richard Sale. London: New Holland, 2013. HOLLIS# 014236797
QL696.G27 P66 2013

Handbook of household and structural insect pests.
Edited by Roger E. Gold, Susan C. Jones. Lanham, Md.: Entomological Society of America, 2000. HOLLIS# 014229483
SB931.H3145 2000

Introduction to the modelling of marine ecosystems.
By Wolfgang Fennel (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research), Thomas Neumann (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research). Second edition. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2015. HOLLIS# 014228516
QH541.5.M3 F35 2015x

Marmot biology: sociality, individual fitness and population dynamics.

By Kenneth B. Armitage. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228523
QL737.R68 A757 2014

Migration hotspots: the world’s best bird migration sites.
By Tim Harris. London; New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. HOLLIS# 014236820
QL698.9.H367 2013

Os moluscos: vida e costumes.
[By] Eurico Santos; desenhos de Ruth Doris Secchin. Rio de Janeiro: F. Briguit, 1955. HOLLIS# 014267526
QL403.S23 1955

Nervous systems and control of behavior.
Edited by Charles Derby and Martin Thiel. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014228545
QL935.C78 2014

Plano de conservação para tetrápodes marinhos no Paraná.
[Coordenação geral e organização, Gisley Paula Vidolin, Márcia de Guadalupe Pires Tossulino, Mauro de Moura Britto]. [Curitiba, Brazil]: Paraná Biodiversidade, Instituto Ambiental do Paraná, 2009. HOLLIS# 014267532
QH77.B7 P52 2009

The recent and fossil meet Kempf Database Ostracoda: festschrift Eugen Karl Kempf: proceedings of the 15th International German Ostracodologists’ Meeting.
By Finn Viehberg, Renate Matzke-Karasz, Lisa Park Boush and Alison Smith (editors). Leiden: Brill, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014271422
QE817.O8 I57 2012

Report of the Fifteenth Session of the Commission: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 26-28 March.
Bridgetown, Barbados: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Subregional Office for the Caribbean, 2014. HOLLIS# 014266801
SH233.A1 W37 2014

Snakes of Zimbabwe and Botswana.
By Donald G. Broadley, Roger Blaylock. Frankfurt am Main: Edition Chimaira, 2013. HOLLIS# 014253549
QL666.O6 B863 2013

Süsswasserwelten: limnologische Forschung in Österreich.

Wissenschaftliche Redaktion: Emmy Wöss; [Herausgeber: Biologiezentrum des Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseums]. Linz: Land Oberösterreich / Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, 2014. HOLLIS# 014266790
QH96.7.A87 S88 2014

We Need Books to Save Biodiversity


Today we are reposting a blog from the Biodiversity Heritage Library.  Thank you to Grace Costantino for sharing.


This month, we’re publishing a series of blog posts outlining the importance of biodiversity literature, made available for free and open access through the Biodiversity Heritage Library, to today’s scientific research and conservation initiatives. With your help, we can help save biodiversity. 
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is revolutionizing the way scientific research is conducted by providing free and open access to biodiversity literature and archives representing over 500 years of scientific exploration, research, and discovery.

What’s so special about Historic Literature and Archives? 
Historic literature and archival fieldbooks provide information that is critical to studying biodiversity. These documents are replete with data detailing the morphology, phylogeny and ethology of earth’s species. In many cases, this literature constitutes the only available knowledge for rareendangered, and extinct species.
In addition to species data, published books and fieldbooks capture ecosystem profiles, distribution maps, inter-dependency observations, and geological and climatic records. They also provide an historical perspective on species abundance,habitat alteration, and human explorationculture and discovery.

This information has a multitude of applications in modern-day science. It is used to populate species databases and datasets that inform present-day research. It not only allows scientists to study biodiversity, but also to save it by enabling new species identification and facilitating the development of holistic conservation methods that integrate all of the factors necessary for a species’ wellbeing into its overall protection strategy. Furthermore, the discoveries captured in historic literature provide the foundations upon which contemporary models, theories anddisciplines are based.
Sadly, much of these publications and archival content are available in only a few select libraries in the developed world.

“Science is all about disseminating knowledge and building upon what has come before, yet so much of our knowledge of plants and animals has remained inaccessible to those who could make use of it,” laments Dr. John Sullivan, an evolutionary biologist with the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia and Cornell University. “This has been a big part of the ‘taxonomic impediment.’”

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is Alleviating the Taxonomic Impediment 
The Biodiversity Heritage Library boasts a collection of over 45 million pages from over 150,000 volumes and has served more than 3.5 million people in nearly every country since its launch in 2007. Additionally, BHL has made over 93,000 of the illustrations within its collection available in Flickr, which in turn have been viewed over 80 million times. Services such as taxonomic name finding tools, custom PDF downloads, and open APIs allow users to easily locate and reuse these resources.

“BHL is radically changing the status quo and democratizing access to knowledge about biodiversity,” lauds Dr. Sullivan. “Now anybody in the world has instant access to the original species description in a couple of clicks!”

The Mascarene Parrot. Now Extinct. Rothschild, Lionel Walter Rothschild. Extinct Birds (1907).

Cane Toad. From the first published account of the flora and fauna of North America: Catesby, Mark.Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (1729-47).

Cane Toad. From the first published account of the flora and fauna of North America: Catesby, Mark.Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (1729-47).

New book list, November 26, 2014


Alfred Russel Wallace: explorer, evolutionist, public intellectual – a thinker for our own times?

By Ted Benton. Manchester, UK: Siri Scientific Press, c2013. HOLLIS# 014173576
QH31.W2 B46 2013

Animal weapons: the evolution of battle.

By Douglas J. Emlen; illustrated by David J. Tuss. First edition. New York, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2014. HOLLIS# 014232794
QL940.E45 2014

Arthropod fauna of the United Arab Emirates. Volume 5.

Editor, Antonius van Harten. Abu Dhabi: Dar Al Ummah, c2008- . HOLLIS# 011987914
QL434.56.U5 A78 2008 v. 5

Beach-spawning fishes: reproduction in an endangered ecosystem.

By Karen L.M. Martin, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, USA. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014228454
QL639.2.M37 2015

Biomolecular feedback systems.

By Domitilla Del Vecchio, Richard M. Murray. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014228455
QH508.D45 2015

Birds of New Guinea.

By Thane K. Pratt and Bruce M. Beehler; with editorial contributions by K. David Bishop, Brian J. Coates, Jared M. Diamond, and Mary LeCroy; illustrated by John C. Anderton and Szabolcs Kokay and James Coe and Dale Zimmerman. Second edition. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014228458
QL691.N48 B44 2015

The birds of Pandemonium: life among the exotic and the endangered.

By Michele Raffin. First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228467
QL676.56.C2 R34 2014

Carnivores of Australia: past, present and future.

Edited by A.S. Glen and C.R. Dickman. Collingwood, Vic. CSIRO Publishing, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014228470
QL737.C2C346 2014x [e-book]

Creatures of the deep: in search of the sea’s monsters and the world they live in.

By Erich Hoyt. Second edition, updated and expanded. Richmond Hill, Ontario; Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books Ltd.,2014. HOLLIS# 014228480
QL125.5.H69 2014

Ecology of wildfire residuals in boreal forests.

By Ajith H. Perera and Lisa J. Buse (Ontario Forest Research Institute, Sault St. Marie, Ontario, Canada). Chichester, West Sussex; Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2014. HOLLIS# 014228483
QH545.F5 P47 2014

The evolution of insect mating systems.

Edited by David M. Shuker and Leigh W. Simmons. First Edition. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press; [St. Albans]: The Royal Entomological Society, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228491
QL495.E92 2014

Forests and globalization: challenges and opportunities for sustainable development.

Edited by William Nikolakis and John Innes. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228498
SD387.S87 F68 2014

Foundations of museum studies: evolving systems of knowledge.

By Kiersten F. Latham and John E. Simmons. Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014228502
AM5.L38 2014

Free-ranging cats: behavior, ecology, management.

By Stephen Spotte. Chichester, West Sussex, UK; Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228503
SF450.S66 2014

Genotype-by-environment interactions and sexual selection.

Edited by John Hunt and David Hosken. Chichester, West Sussex, UK; Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228507
QL761.G46 2014

The hunt for the golden mole: all creatures great and small, and why they matter.

By Richard Girling. London: Chatto & Windus, 2014. HOLLIS# 014151353
QL82.G47 2014

In search of lost frogs: the campaign to rediscover the world’s rarest amphibans.

By Robin Moore. Richmond Hill, Ontario; Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228510
QL668.E2 M66 2014

Insect histology: practical laboratory techniques.

By Pedro Barbosa, Deborah L. Berry, Christina S. Kary. Second edition. Chichester, West Sussex; Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014. HOLLIS# 014228512
QL464.B34 2014

Insect morphology and phylogeny: a textbook for students of entomology.

By Rolf G. Beutel, Frank Friedrich, Si-Qin Ge, Xing-Ke Yang. Berlin; New York: De Gruyter, [2013]. HOLLIS# 014224222
QL494.B483 2013

Late Ordovician ostracods of the Girvan district, South-west Scotland.

By Mohibullah Mohibullah, Mark Williams & Jan Zalasiewicz. London: Palaeontographical Society, 2014. HOLLIS# 014227666
QE817.O8 M65 2014

Life on display: revolutionizing U.S. museums of science and natural history in the twentieth century.

By Karen A. Rader, Victoria E.M. Cain. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228518
QH70.U6 R33 2014

Lower Jurassic foraminifera from the Llanbedr (Mochras farm) Borehole, North Wales, UK.

By Philip Copestake & Ben Johnson. London: Palaeontographical Society, 2014. HOLLIS# 014227677
QE772.C66 2014

Malacofauna pliocenica Toscana. Vol. 10: Pteriomorphia Beurlen, 1894.

By C. Chirli; [fotografia, Enrico Ulivi]. Firenze: C. Chirli, [1997]- . HOLLIS# 007803888
QE801.C44 1997 v. 10

Marine biodiversity conservation: a practical approach.

By Keith Hiscock. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228520
QH91.8.B6 H57 2014

Migration: the biology of life on the move.

By Hugh Dingle, Professor Emeritus of Entomology, University of California at Davis, USA. Second edition. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228536
QL754.D515 2014

Molecular and cellular physiology of neurons.

By Gordon L. Fain with Thomas O’Dell; illustrations by Margery J. Fain. Second edition. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 014020509
QP363.F35 2014

Natural biomarkers for cellular metabolism: biology, techniques, and applications.

Edited by Vladimir V. Ghukasyan, Ahmed A. Heikal. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014228543
R853.B54 N38 2015

Planet of the bugs: evolution and the rise of insects.

By Scott Richard Shaw. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 014224225
QL468.7.S53 2014

Principles of developmental genetics.

Edited by Sally A. Moody. 2nd edition. London: Elsevier Academic Press, 2015. HOLLIS# 014228556
QH453.P756 2015

Progress toward restoring the Everglades: the fifth biennial review, 2014.

By Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress, Water Science and Technology Board, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228568
QH105.F6 N37 2014

Tales from Gombe.

By Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers. Richmond Hill, Ontario: Firefly Books Ltd., 2014. HOLLIS# 014228579
QL737.P96 S46 2014

The terrestrial invertebrate fauna of Barrow Island, Western Australia.

Edited by Nihara R. Gunawardene, Jonathan D. Majer, Christopher K. Taylor, and Mark S. Harvey. Perth: Western Australian Museum, 2013. HOLLIS# 014233945
QL339.W4 T47 2013

The tree of life: evolution and classification of living organisms.

Edited by Pablo Vargas, Real Jardin Botánico, Madrid, Spain; Rafael Zardoya, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid, Spain ; translated by Anne Louise. Sunderland, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Sinauer Associates, Inc. Publishers, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014228584
QH366.2.A7313 2014

Urban entomology: insect and mite pests in the human environment.

By William H. Robinson. 1st ed. London; New York: Chapman & Hall, 1996. HOLLIS# 007602962
QL472.7.R63 1996

The wild cat book.

By Fiona Sunquist and Mel Sunquist; with photos by Terry Whittaker and others. Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014228610
QL737.C23 S862 2014

Woodpeckers of the world: a photographic guide.

By Gerard Gorman. Richmond Hill, Ontario; Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2014. HOLLIS# 014228615
QL696.P56 G67 2014

New book list, November 5, 2014


Aus der Urzeit aufgetaucht: Bilddokumentation über sensationelle Wal- und Haifunde aus Schleswig-Holstein.

[By] Gerhard Höpfner. Lübeck: Museum für Natur und Umwelt der Hansestadt Lübeck, die Lübecker Museen Kulturstiftung: Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein zu Lübeck, 2014. HOLLIS# 014219000

QE882.C5 H67 2014


Catalogue of invertebrate collection deposited in the Department of Zoology, the University Museum, the University of Tokyo. Pt. 1-3.

Edited by Rei Ueshima. Tōkyō: Tōkyō Daigaku Sōgō Kenkyū Hakubutsukan, 2006-<2011>. HOLLIS# 010583640

QL362.7.T65 2006


Catalogue of the Kojiro Shiraishi insect collection, the University Museum, the University of Tokyo. Odonata.

[By] Shin-ichi Suda, Yuki Sugiura, Katsuhiro Awano, Yulina Kato, Hayato Ito, Yasuhiro Ito & Masaya Yago. Tōkyō: Tōkyō Daigaku Sōgō Kenkyū Hakubutsukan, 2013. HOLLIS# 014218917

QL520.25.J3 T64 2013


Catalogue of the Shigeru Eda insect collection, the University Museum, the University of Tokyo. Part I, Lepidoptera, Rhopalocera.

[By] Katsuhiro Awano, Hideyuki Ozawa, Masaya Yago & Yoshiaki Nishino. Tōkyō: Tōkyō Daigaku Sōgō Kenkyū Hakubutsukan, 2012. HOLLIS# 014218958

QL545.2.T64 2012


Catalogue of the Suguru Igarashi insect collection, the University Museum, the University of Tokyo.

[By] Motohiro Harada, Motomu Teshirogi, Hideyuki Ozawa & Masaya Yago. Tōkyō: Tōkyō Daigaku Sōgō Kenkyū Hakubutsukan, 2012. HOLLIS# 014218886

QL561.P2 T64 2012


Freshwater mussels of Florida.

By James D. Williams, Robert S. Butler, Gary L. Warren, and Nathan A. Johnson; with special thanks to Sherry L. Bostick, Richard T. Bryant. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014215323

QL430.6.W553 2014


The gamekeepers: Wisconsin wildlife conservation from WCD to CWD.

By David L. Gjestson. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 2013. HOLLIS# 014212930

SK355.G47 2013


Guide to the butterflies of the Palearctic Region. Vol. 5, pt. 2: Pieridae, pt. II. Subfamily Coliadinae, tribe Coliadini.

Editor: G. C. Bozano. Milano: Onmes Artes; 1999. HOLLIS# 009115949

QL546.G84 1999 v. 5, pt. 2


Kai no seitai.

Henshū Iwanami Shoten Henshūbu; kanshū Taki Isao, Horikoshi Masuoki; shashin Iwanami Eiga Seisakujo. Tōkyō: Iwanami Shoten, Shōwa 29 [1954]. HOLLIS# 014214504

QL430.4.K24 1954


Malacofauna pliocenica Toscana. Vol. 9: Gastropoda fine Scaphopoda.

[By] C. Chirli; [fotografia, Enrico Ulivi]. Firenze: C. Chirli, [1997]-HOLLIS# 007803888

QE801.C44 1997 v. 9


Marine Benthic Dinoflagellates: Unveiling their Worldwide Biodiversity.

By Mona Hoppenrath, Shauna A. Murray, Nicolas Chomérat, Takeo Horiguchi. Stuttgart: Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014218768

QK569.D56 H66 2014


The meaning of human existence.

By Edward O. Wilson. First edition. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014172978

BD450.W5225 2014


The monkey’s voyage: how improbable journeys shaped the history of life.

By Alan de Queiroz. New York: Basic Books, 2013. HOLLIS# 013986969



Moths of Glamorgan.

By David Gilmore, David Slade & Barry Stewart. Helston, Cornwall: Atropos Publishing, 2014. HOLLIS# 014203695

QL555.G7 G45 2014


The nature of classification: relationships and kinds in the natural sciences.

By John S. Wilkins, University of Melbourne, Australia; and Malte C. Ebach, University of New South Wales, Australia. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. HOLLIS# 013904444



Nihon no kaigara = Shells of Japan.

Compiled by Iwanami Shoten Henshūbu. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, Shōwa 30 [1955]. HOLLIS# 014214495

QL430.4.N44 1955


Paradoxical platypus: hobnobbing with duckbills.

By David Fleay. [Burleigh Town, Qld.]: Friends of Fleays Association Inc., 2009. HOLLIS# 014174677

QL737.M72 F54 2009


The retina: an approachable part of the brain.

By John E. Dowling. Rev. ed. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012. HOLLIS# 012800957

QP479.D65 2012


Shen qi de hai bei.

Cai Yingya; Xie Shaohe bian zhu. Shantou: Shantou da xue chu ban she, 2001. HOLLIS# 014214521

QL430.4.C24 2001


Shen qi de hai bei. (Vol. 1-5).

Cai Yingya ; Xie Shaohe bian zhu. Shantou: Shantou da xue chu ban she, 2001. HOLLIS# 014214525

QL430.4.C243 2001 v. 1-5


A systematic catalogue of the scale insect family Margarodidae (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) of the world.

By Yair Ben-Dov; in collaboration with Douglass R. Miller and Gary A.P. Gibson. Wimborne, UK: Intercept Limited, c2005. HOLLIS# 009795723

QL527.M37 B45 2005

Alexander Agassiz’s Expedition and Other Images Collection: An Archivist’s Process


By Gwendolyn Henry, EdM, MSLIS

Archivist and Library Assistant

Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology

Harvard University

Processing the Alexander Agassiz’s Expedition and Other Images Collection (1897-1950 (bulk)), which contains 734 gelatin dry plate glass negatives, 268 film negatives and 13 photographic prints requires several key skills: strong attention to detail, the ability to do research, knowledge of descriptive metadata, and most of all a steady hand.

I started this project in April 2012 with little experience in processing glass plate negatives. Before delving into the hands-on technical component of processing, I conducted a bit of research. I asked myself, what is this collection’s provenance?

Using my local resources I gained information from Robert Young, the Ernst Mayr Library’s Special Collections Librarian and records left behind from previous librarians. I learned that the images document the expeditions and work of Alexander Agassiz (1835-1910), a pioneer in oceanographic research, zoological investigation, and mining engineering. Agassiz was best known as a naturalist and for his expeditions, deep-sea investigations, and studies of coral reefs and islands. He devoted four decades to expanding and developing the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology, where he served as curator and director from 1873 to 1910.  Included in the collection are many unpublished images from expeditions of the Albatross, Challenger, Croydon, and Yaralla to locations such as Easter Island, Fiji, and Australia, as well as glimpses of Agassiz’s Newport, Rhode Island laboratory and home; also photographs taken by later MCZ director Thomas Barbour and a number of zoological specimen images. The collection, stored in a cabinet in the library’s Room K for decades, was initially processed in the 1970s, when group numbers were assigned and attempts at identification were made.

In order to get myself organized to process this collection I took following steps:


Survey the collection 

I began in-depth evaluation of the collection with the sizing and counting of the glass plates. The survey step was necessary to improve control of the images and to order supplies to rehouse them. Maggie Hale from Harvard Library Imaging Services provided a batch-loader spreadsheet and draft work plan template to document the descriptive metadata.  Ms. Hale and Brenda Bernier from the Weissman Preservation Center examined the collection and provided technical advice.

Documentation of Descriptive Information

Starting in June 2012, I literally took items from each wooden drawer (see image above), reorganized them by the group numbers and subject areas that were developed by librarians in the 1970’s, measured and documented the length and width of each item, transcribed descriptive information on the original sleeve, and noted the condition and type of each item (broken, chipped, or torn; glass, film or paper photograph) in the batch-loader Google Doc spreadsheet template. After completing the documentation, I grouped the sizes within a group number together. For example for group g3B all the glass plates were put together, and the same method was followed for the film and print photographs. In the screenshot below you will see the digitized glass plate with the descriptive fields listed underneath. The descriptive metadata was gleaned from the batch-loader spreadsheet.



Call numbers and Hollis record (Hollis #014208913) for the collection were developed by Robert Young. Between September and November 2013 I matriculated in the Library Juice Academy course, Describing Photographs for the Online Catalogue, which increased my skills in providing rich descriptive metadata.


The collection was in remarkable good condition except for a few broken glass plates. The conservation steps taken were to remove dust, and debris. To clean the glass plates, while wearing nylon gloves I held the glass plate with one hand and wiped down the ink-free side with ethanol alcohol soaked cotton cloth. Once dry, I placed the glass plates in acid-free enclosures and boxed them in preparation for digitization at Harvard Library Imaging Services. For films and prints I gently removed dust with either a blower or cotton cloth.

Shipping and Rehousing for Permanent Storage:

Items were grouped – glass plates, followed by film and prints – and placed in temporary record center boxes designed for transport with Volara and bubble wrap for inside padding. They were then brought from the Ernst Mayr Library’s Special Collection to the Harvard Library Imaging Services at Widner Library by Robert Young and his wife Eriko in their car.  After the items were digitized and returned to the Ernst Mayr Library, I rehoused them in permanent storage boxes.


Digitization of the collection was completed in August 2014, and the descriptive information from the spreadsheet, linked to the images, is now in the Harvard University Library’s Visual Information Access catalog (VIA), and can be accessed here.

List of materials used:

  1. Record center boxes for temporary storage and transport.
  2. Suspension boxes for permanent storage
  3. ethanol alcohol
  4. cotton pads
  5. acid-free sleeves
  6. magnifying glass


William McMichael Woodworth with woman on deck, Samoa. 1897, Photograph from glass-plate negative

William McMichael Woodworth with woman on deck, Samoa. 1897, Photograph from glass-plate negative

Personal Reflections:
My greatest fear while working with this collection was that I would break a glass plate negative. Luckily for me and the collection, this never happened! What did break was my initial assumption that I wouldn’t be able to personally connect with a scientific exploration collection.  Although I held each item up to a light and reviewed them with a magnifying glass in order to better describe them, some details became more apparent once digitized. The digitized collection revealed indigenous and local peoples of Fiji, Samoa, Peru, Samba River Valley, Panama, Cuba and Jamaica.

As an Archivist, my academic training and professional experiences provided me with the ability to arrange and describe collections, and yet they also position me to create more intersections between the collections with their corresponding peoples, cultures, places and times.  Two years ago when I took on the project, I did not think of the subject areas of Cultural anthropology, Native aesthetics, Colonization, Sociology or Ecology as research uses in addition to scientific exploration, and zoological specimens.  I think of the descendants of the indigenous people in these images and their possibility to have more access to their elders that are long gone. I’m glad I was able to personally connect to a rich part of history.


Alexander Agassiz’s Expedition and Other Images Collection is now accessible!





The collection, which primarily documents the expeditions and work of Alexander Agassiz, a pioneer in oceanographic research and zoological investigation and curator and director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (1873-1910), consists of 734 gelatin dry plate glass negatives, 268 film negatives, and 13 photographic prints from the late 1890s through the mid-twentieth century.  The photographs were taken on the Albatross, Challenger, Croydon, and Yaralla expeditions to locations such as Easter Island, Fiji, and Australia, as well as at Agassiz’s Newport, Rhode Island, laboratory and home and at other sites.  The collection also includes images taken by Thomas Barbour (who was a student of Alexander Agassiz two decades before becoming MCZ director himself) in South America, Indonesia, Jamaica, Cuba and Florida, as well as those (chiefly zoological specimens) photographed at or for the MCZ.

The images, which were digitized at Harvard Library Imaging Services, supplement related images of the three Albatross expeditions to the Pacific (1891, 1899-1900, and 1904-1905) and the Hassler Expedition to South America (1871-1872), accessible through the HUL Open Collections Program’s Expeditions & Discoveries web page.


The collection’s 1,015 digital images are in the Harvard University Library’s Visual Information Access catalog (VIA) and can be accessed here.


Robert Young, Special Collections Librarian

Gwendolyn Fougy Henry, EdM, MSLIS Archivist and Library Assistant

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