Suggested Readings

The following is a list of favorite readings from a few our of environmental faculty.

Lisa Burner

Los ríos profundos (Deep Rivers), by José María Arguedas
El zorro de arriba y el zorro de abajo (The fox from up above and the fox from down below), by José María Arguedas
La vorágine (The Vortex), by José Eustasio Rivera

Stephen B. Carmody

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley

Kristen K. Cecala

“Stranger in Paradise,” a podcast by RadioLab
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, by David Quammen
Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body, by Neil Shubin

Russell Fielding

Man and Nature, by George Perkins Marsh
We, the Navigators, by David Lewis
Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn

John Gatta

“Sojourns in the Parallel World,” by Denise Levertov
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

David George Haskell

Handbook of Nature Study, by Anna Botsford Comstock
Arctic Dreams, by Barry Lopez
Hunger Mountain, by David Hinton 

JoyAnna S. Hopper

Achieving Environmental Justice: A Cross-National Analysis, by Karen Bell
Federalism in the Forest, by Tomas M. Koontz
Andrew Revkin's "Dot Earth" blog via The New York Times (available at

Martin A. Knoll

Ely: An Autobiography, by Ely Green
River-Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America,and Blue Highways: A Journey into America, by William Least Heat-Moon

Karen Kuers

Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
Gathering Mosses: a Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, and Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses, by Daniel Chamovitz

D. Bran Potter

“Mindful,” by Mary Oliver
“A Timbered Choir,” by Wendell Berry
The Earth Speaks: an Acclimatization Journal, edited by Steve Van Matre and Bill Weiler

C. Ken Smith

Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rainforests of Central and South America, by Adrian Forsyth and Ken Miyata
Encounters with the Archdruid, by John McPhee

Scott Torreano

 Hunting Wild Life with Camera and Flashlight, by George Shiras III
A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There (especially “Conservation Esthetic” in “The Upshot”) by Aldo Leopold
The Yosemite, by John Muir

Christopher Van de Ven

Control of Nature, by John McPhee
Why Geography Matters, by Harm de Blij

Kirk S. Zigler

The Song of the Dodo, by David Quammen
Stalking the Wild Asparagus, by Euell Gibbons