Field Guides for studying Natural History
- Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide by Pradip Kishen – DK
- Snakes of India: The Field Guide by Romulus Whitaker and Ashok Captain – Draco Books, Chennai
- A Field Guide to the Birds of India by Krys Kazmierczak – OM Book Service
- The Book of Indian Shells by Deepak Apte – BNHS
For a full list of field guides available from BNHS, please check their website: www.bnhs.org
General reading on Natural History
- King Solomon’s Ring: New Light on Animal Ways by Konrad Lorenz (Delightful Book)
- Survival Strategies: Cooperation and Conflict in Animal Societies by Raghavendra Gadagkar
- Jungle and Backyard by M Krishnan
- The Rarest of the Rare by Diane Ackerman
General reading on different topics in biology
- This is Biology: The Science of the Living World by Ernst Mayr
- On Being the Right Size and Other Essays of JBS Haldane. Edited by John Maynard Smith — Oxford University Press
- The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change by Richard Lewontin (1974). This book can be downloaded/read online at http://www.stephenjaygould.org/books.html
- Several books by Stephen J Gould can be sourced at http://www.stephenjaygould.org
– The Flamingo’s Smile: Reflections in Natural History
– The Panda’s Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History
– Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History
– Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
- Select essays from some of the books are available online for reading. See Select Essays by Stephen Jay Gould on the page: http://www.stephenjaygould.org/original.html
- The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carlson
- The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker. Two of Richard Dawkin’s earliest books can be downloaded/read online at http://www.stephenjaygould.org/books.html
- What is a Species, and What is Not? By Ernst Mayr (An absorbing essay.) Download/read it online at http://www.aaas.org/spp/dser/03_Areas/evolution/perspectives/Mayr_1996_june.shtml
- The essay – On Being the Right size can be downloaded/read at http://irl.cs.ucla.edu/papers/right-size.html
- To know about ancient Indian Biologists read Indian Science and Technology in the Eighteenth Century by Dharampal. Goa: Other India Press.
- The following books are by Dr. Oliver Sacks, a Neurologist, his books describe various neurological conditions.
– The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,
– An Anthropologist on Mars,
– The Island of the Colorblind,
– Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
- Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V.S. Ramachandran, Sandra Blakeslee
- Acquiring Genomes: A Theory of the Origins of Species by Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan (An interesting view point that can be debated in a class on evolution)
- Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution by Lynn Margulis (Simpler to read than the ones given above)
- Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth by James Lovelock
- Five Kingdoms: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth by Lynn Margulis, Stephen Jay Gould, Karlene V. Schwartz, Alexander R. Margulis
- On Growth and Form by D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (read this book when you have some time on your hand.)
- http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/medicine An excellent site for revising concepts in physiology, cell division, etc., by playing games.
- http://www.microscopyu.com/moviegallery/pondscum/hydra/ Learn about pond life and watch good footage of animals like hydra and others living in pond.
- Information regarding microscope can be had from http://www.microscopyu.com/
- http://www.biologyinmotion.com/ Activities, cartoons, in short, have fun learning biology from this site – use it for middle school students.
- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/humans/humankind/index.html – evolution especially for learning about human evolution
- http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/index.html A very interesting site for almost all topics on biology except natural history.
- http://www.sciensational.com/biology-facts-pg2.html For all those quizz buffs who are in search of trivial facts and information, this is the site to visit. As a general rule of the thumb do always double check facts before using them.
- http://www.newscientist.com/ This is the online site of the popular science magazine New Scientist. Easy to read articles on science. Not all articles are accessible; despite that it is a good site to keep one updated about the latest news in biology.
- http://www.ted.com/talks/edith_widder_glowing_life_in_an_underwater_world.html There are excellent Ted talks that can be used in biology class for teaching natural history (biodiversity). This one by Dr. Edith Widder is a fascinating one on bioluminescent organisms found in oceans. Use it in class as we rarely have a correct idea about ocean organisms not knowing beyond whales, sharks, octopuses and dolphins.
- http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/richard_pyle_dives_the_twilight_zone.html Interesting talk by icthyologists- use it for a wide variety of concepts -from physiology to taxonomy to a career in biology. The Ted talks have a wide range of topics covered. So check it out as per your needs.
- http://dodd.cmcvellore.ac.in/hom/Thumbnails.html History of medicine in images.
- www.biologyeducation.net A variety of resources for biology classes are available.
- http://www.biology-resources.com/biology-experiments2.html for all the common experiments of secondary and senior secondary classes.
- http://capewest.ca/cartoons.html#BIO very nice cartoons that can be used to raise questions or introduce lessons in class.
- http://paleobiology.si.edu/geotime/main/index.html Evolutionary timeline is available for download and display in class.