Book Recommendations

We strongly encourage our students to read books related to their career interests. Below is a list of recommended titles.

Animal Behavior

  • Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor
  • Reaching the Animal Mind by Karen Pryor
  • Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin
  • Learning by A. Charles Catania
  • The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell
  • The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World by Susan M. Schneider
  • Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched: Life and Lessons at the World’s Premier School for Exotic Animal Trainers by Amy Sutherland
  • Cumulative Record by B.F. Skinner
  • Schedules of Reinforcement by B.F. Skinner
  • About Behaviorism by B.F. Skinner
  • The Science of Psychology: An Interbehavioral Survey by J.R. Kantor
  • Applied Behavior Analysis by John O. Cooper, Timothy E. Heron, and William L. Heward
  • Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin
  • The Elephant’s Secret Sense: The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa by Caitlin O’Connell
  • The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior by Jane Goodall
  • Domestic Animal Behavior for Veterinarians & Animal Scientists by Katherine A. Houpt
  • The Psychobiology of Behavioral Development by Ronald Gandelman

Animal Forensics

  • Animal Investigators: How the World’s First Wildlife Forensics Lab is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species by Laurel A Neme, Ph.D.
  • Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigations by Melinda D. Merck
  • Animal Abuse and Unlawful Killing: Forensic Veterinary Pathology by Ranald Munro

Animal Emotion

  • Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell
  • The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy – and Why They Matter by Marc Bekoff Ph.D. and Jane Goodall (Forward)
  • When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy 

Animal Welfare

  • Animal Welfare edited by Michael C. Appleby, Joy A. Mench, I. Anna Olsson, and Barry O. Hughes
  • Stress and Animal Welfare by D.M. Broom and K.G. Johnson
  • Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin
  • The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them by Wayne Pacelle
  • The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery by Andrew Westoll
  • Stereotypic Animal Behaviour: Fundamentals and Applications to Welfare by Georgia Mason and Jeffery Rushen
  • Understanding Animal Welfare: The Science in its Cultural Context by David Fraser

Conservation & Environmental Biology

  • A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
  • Rewilding the World: Dispatches From the Conservation Revolution by Caroline Fraser
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • The Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator's Deadly Return to Suburban America by David Baron
  • The Big Conservation Lie by John Mbaria and Mordecai Ogada
  • The Sense of Wonder: A Celebration of Nature for Parents and Children by Rachel Carson
  • The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction by David Quammen
  • Walden and Other Writings by Henry David Thoreau
  • Nature's Allies: Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World by Larry Nielsen
  • The Monarchs Are Missing: A Butterfly Mystery by Rebecca E. Hirsch 
  • Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things by M.R. O'Connor

Canines and Wolves

  • Man Meets Dog by Konrad Lorenz
  • The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell
  • The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour and Interactions with People by James Serpell
  • How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends by Mark Derr
  • Origins of the Domestic Dog: The Fossil Record by Stanley J. Olsen
  • The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids edited by David W. Macdonald and Claudio Sillero-Zubiri
  • The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone by Thomas McNamee
  • Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation edited by L. David Mech and Luigi Boitani
  • Wolves of Minong: Isle Royale’s Wild Community by Durward L. Allen

Evolutionary Biology

  • How Evolution Shapes Our Lives: Essays on Biology and Society by Jonathan Losos and Richard Lenski
  • Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution by Jonathan B. Losos
  • How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog) by Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut
  • A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth by Samantha Weinberg
  • Bully for Brontosaurus by Stephen Jay Gould
  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo by Sean B. Carroll
  • Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould
  • Evolution’s Workshop: God and Science on the Galapagos Islands by Edward J. Larson
  • Stephen Jay Gould and the Politics of Evolution by David F. Prindle
  • The Diversity of Life by Edward O. Wilson
  • The Geological Evidence of the Antiquity of Man by Charles Lyell
  • The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People by Tim F. Flannery
  • The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  • Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5 Billion Year History of the Human Biology by Neil Shubin

Genetics & Molecular Biology

  • DNA: The Secret Life by James Watson with Andrew Berry
  • The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D. Watson
  • Controlling Human Heredity by Diane B. Paul
  • The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  • I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong
  • Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts by Emily Anthes

Herpetology 

  • Michigan Turtles and Lizards: A Field Guide and Pocket Reference by James H. Harding and J. Alan Holman
  • Michigan Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders: A Field Guide and Pocket Reference by James H. Harding and J. Alan Holman
  • Amphibians and Reptiles of the Great Lakes Region Revised Edition by James H. Harding and David A. Mifsud 

Mammalogy

  • Peterson Field Guide to Mammals of North America by Fiona Reid

Marine Biology

  • Field Guide to Atlantic Seashore: From the Bay of Fundy to Cape Hatteras (Peterson Field Guides) by Kenneth L. Gosner
  • The Oceans by Sylvia A. Earle
  • The World is Blue by Sylvia A. Earle
  • The Lady and the Sharks by Eugenie Clark
  • The Erotic Sea by Jack Rudloe
  • Exploring the Deep Frontier: The Adventure of Man in the Sea by Sylvia A. Earle and Al Giddings
  • Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks by Juliet Eilperin
  • The Silent Deep: The Discovery, Ecology, and Conservation of the Deep Sea by Tony Koslow

Miscellaneous 

  • The Evolution Underground: Burrows, Bunkers, and the Marvelous Subterranean World Beneath Our Feet by Anthony Martin
  • Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes by Lynn Sherr
  • Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle by Douglas J. Emlen and David J. Tuss 
  • Patterns in Nature: Why the Natural World Looks the Way it Does by Philip Ball

Nature

  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  • The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age by Richard Louv

Neurobiology

  • Methods of Behavior Analysis in Neuroscience edited by Jerry J.  Buccafusco
  • The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine, M.D.
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman

Ornithology

  • The Birds of Tanglewood by Karle Wilson Baker
  • My World of Birds: Memoirs of an Ornithologist by George John Wallace
  • The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil Spill, and the Inspiring Story of the World’s Largest Animal Rescue by Dyan deNapoli
  • Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence – and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process by Irene Pepperberg
  • The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots by Irene Pepperberg
  • Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien 
  • The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
  • Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans by John M. Marzluff
  • All About Birds: A Short Illustrated History of Ornithology by Valerie Chansigaud

Pharmacology

  • How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
  • Introduction to Behavioral Pharmacology Edited by Thomas Byrne, Ph.D. and Alan Poling, Ph.D.

Primatology

  • In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall 
  • Jane Goodall: 50 Years at Gombe by Jane Goodall
  • Kanzi: The Ape at the Brink of the Human Mind by Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
  • Apes, Language, and the Human Mind by Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and Stuart G. Shanker 
  • Theory of Bastards by Audrey Schulman 
  • The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections of a Primatologist by Frans De Waal
  • A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among Baboons by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery by Andrew Westoll

Professional Development

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie 

Studying & Learning

  • A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even if You Flunked Algebra) by Barbara Oakley
  • Sit and Get Won't Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies that Engage the Adult Brain by Marcia Tate
  • What the Best College Students Do by Ken Bain

Zoo Science and Captive Animal Biology

Zoo History and the Evolvement of the Modern Zoo

  • Animals on Display: The Creaturely in Museums, Zoos, and Natural History edited by Liv Emma Thorsen, Karen A. Rader, & Adam Dodd
  • The Ark & Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation by Ben Minteer & Jane Mainschein
  • Zooland: The Institution of Captivity by Irus Braverman
  • A Different Nature: The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future by David Hancocks
  • Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo by Nigel Rothfels
  • Zoo and Aquarium History: Ancient Animal Collections to Zoological Gardens edited by Vernon N. Kisling, Jr.
  • Animal Attractions: Nature on Display in American Zoos by Elizabeth Hanson
  • Animals in Captivity by P. Street
  • The Modern Ark: The Story of Zoos: Past, Present, and Future by Vicki Croke
  • American Zoo: A Soociological Safari by David Grazian

Zoo Ethics

  • Zoos and Animal Rights by Stephen St. C. Bostock
  • Ethics on the Ark (Zoo & Aquarium Biology & Conservation) edited by Bryan G. Norton, Michael Hutchins, Elizabeth F. Stevens, and Terry L. Maple 

Environmental Enrichment

  • Second Nature: Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals edited by David J. Shepherdson, Jill D. Mellen, and Michael Hutchins
  • Wild Animals in Captivity by Rob Laidlaw 

Zoo Veterinary Care

  • Life at the Zoo: Behind the Scenes with Animal Doctors by Philip T. Robinson
  • The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes: And other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and their Patients by Lucy H. Spelman & Ted Y. Mashima
  • Zoo Tails by Oliver Graham-Jones 

Autobiographies

  • Jungle Jack: My Wild Life by Jack Hanna
  • You Belong in a Zoo!: Tales from a Lifetime Spent  with Cobras, Crocs, and Other Creatures by Peter Brazaitis

Textbooks

  • Zookeeping: An Introduction to the Science and Technology Edited by Mark D. Irwin, John B. Stoner, and Aaron M. Cobaugh
  • Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management, and Welfare by Geoff Hosey, Vicky Melfi, and Sheila Pankhurst
  • An Introduction to Zoo Biology and Management by Paul A. Rees

Miscellaneous

  • Zoos in the 21st Century: Catalysts for Conservation? By Alexandra Zimmermann and Matthew Hatchwell
  • Smiling Bears: A Zookeeper Explores the Behaviour and Emotional Life of Bears by Else Poulsen &  Stephen Herrero (Forward)
  • Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo by Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence
  • Sailing with Noah: Stories from the World of Zoos by Jeffrey P. Bonner
  • Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French
  • Man and Animal in the Zoo: Zoo Biology by Heini Hediger
  • Wild Mammals in Captivity: Principles and Techniques for Zoo Management 2nd Edition by Devra G. Kleiman (Editor), Katerina V. Thompson (Editor) and Charlotte Kirk Baer (Editor)
  • Ethics on the Ark: Zoo, Animal Welfare, and Wildlife Conservation by Bryan G. Norton (Editor), Michael Hutchins (Editor), Terry Maple (Editor) and Elizabeth Stevens (Editor)
  • Professor in the Zoo: Designing the Future for Wildlife in Human Care by Terry L. Maple
  • Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French

Zoonotic Diseases

  • Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
  • Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
  • The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Careers

Zoo Veterinary Care

  • Life at the Zoo: Behind the Scenes with Animal Doctors by Philip T. Robinson
  • The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes: And other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and their Patients by Lucy H. Spelman & Ted Y. Mashima
  • Zoo Tails by Oliver Graham-Jones 

Miscellaneous

  • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  • Domestic Animal Behavior for Veterinarians & Animal Scientists by Katherine A. Houpt
  • All My Patients Kick and Bite: More Favorite Stories from a Vet's Practice by Jeff Wells, D.V.M.