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Reading list

Suggested background reading


Arthur, W.A. (2014) Evolving Animals. Cambridge University Press

Asher, R J. (2012) Evolution and Belief. Cambridge University Press

Bateson, P. & Martin, P. (2000) Design for a Life. Vintage paperback.

Carew, T.J. (2000) Behavioural Neurobiology. Sinauer Associates

Clack, J.A. (2012) Gaining Ground 2nd Ed. Indiana Univ Press.

Coyne, J. (2009) Why Evolution is True.  Oxford University Press.

Darwin, C. (1859) On the Origin of Species. The complete collection of Darwin’s publications (and most of his correspondence) are available here: http://darwin-

Dawkins, R. (1990) The Selfish Gene. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Dawkins, R. (1999) The Extended Phenotype. Revised edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Eisner, T. (2003). For Love of Insects. Belknap Press of Harvard Univ Press.

Gould, S.J. (1987) Time’s Arrow, Time's Cycle. Cambridge MA: Harvard Univ Press.

Hughes, H. C. (1999) Sensory exotica; a world beyond human experience. MIT Press.

Jones, S. (2000) Almost like a Whale: The Origin of Species updated. Random House, London.

Prothero, D. (2007) Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters. Columbia, New York.

Ridley, M. (1995) The Red Queen: sex and the evolution of human nature. Penguin, London.

Ridley, M. (2003) Nature via nurture: genes, experience and what makes us human. Harper Collins, London.

Roeder, K.D. (1998) Nerve Cells and Insect Behaviour. Harvard University Press.

Sánchez-Villagra, M.R. (2012) Embryos in Deep Time. University of California Press.

Schmidt-Nielsen, K. (1970) How Animals Work.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Simmons, P.J. and Young, D. (2010) Nerve Cells and Animal Behaviour.  Cambridge University Press.

Shubin, N. (2008) Your Inner Fish. London: Penguin

Wigglesworth, V. B. (1984). Insect Physiology. Chapman and Hall, London.


Some of the references used during the course


Behaviour and Ecology

Alcock, J. (2009) Animal Behaviour, 9th Edition. Sinauer.

Davies, N.B., Krebs, J.R. & West, S.A. (2012).  An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology. 4th edition. Wiley-Blackwell.


Brains and Behaviour

Allman, J (2000) Evolving Brains, Scientific American Library.

Carew TJ (2000) Behavioural Neurobiology, Sunderland.

Simmons, P. J. & Young, D. (2010) Nerve Cells and Animal Behaviour. 3rd Edition.Cambridge University Press; GF193



Insect Biology

Chapman, R.F. (2012) The Insects: Structure and Function. Cambridge University Press 5th Edition.

Gullan, P.J. & Cranston, P.S. (2014) The Insects. An Outline of Entomology, 5th edition. Wiley-Blackwell

McGavin, G.C. (2001) Essential Entomology. Oxford University Press.

Speight, M.R., Hunter, M.D. & Watt, A.D. (2008). Ecology of Insects, 2nd Edition, Wiley-Blackwell


Vertebrate Evolutionary Biology

Kardong, K.V. (2009) Vertebrates. Comparative Anatomy, Function, Evolution, 5th edition, McGraw-Hill.

Liem, K.F., Bemis, W., Walker, W.F. & Grande, L. (2001). Functional Anatomy of the Vertebrates . 3rd edition Harcourt College Publishers.

Pough, F.H., Janis, C.M. & Heiser J.B. (2013) 9th Edition. Vertebrate Life, Pearson Benjamin Cummings. 


Evolutionary Principles

M. Ridley (2004). Evolution 3rd Ed, Blackwell.

D. Futuyma (1997) Evolutionary Biology, 3rd Ed, Sinauer.

D. Hartl & A. Clark, (2007) Principles of population genetics, 4th Ed, Sinauer.