The Natural History of Texas
Natural History - Environmental History - Travel Guide
8.5 x 11, 390 pp.
250 color, 6 b&w photos. 15 maps. 2 appendixes. Glossary. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 03/01/2018
Integrative Natural History Series, sponsored by Texas Research Institute for Environmental Studies, Sam Houston State University
Price:        $50.00

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The Natural History of Texas

Brian R. Chapman
Eric G. Bolen
Foreword by Andrew Sansom

From two veteran ecologists comes a new and sweeping exploration of the natural history of Texas in all its biological diversity and geological variation. Few states, if any, can match Texas for its myriad species, past and present, and its many distinctive landscapes, from prairie grasslands and hardwood forests to coastal lagoons and desert mountains.

Beginning with the stories of how biologists and naturalists have over time defined the ecological areas of this very big state, the authors visit each of the eleven regions, including the Texas coast. They describe the dominant flora and fauna of each, explain the defining geologic features, and highlight each region’s unique characteristics, such as carnivorous plants in the Piney Woods and returning black bears in the Trans-Pecos.

Throughout, the authors remain especially conscious of the conservation and management issues affecting the natural resources of each region, revealing their deep affection for and knowledge about the state. Bolstered by a glossary, further reading suggestions, a description of state symbols, and an appendix of scientific names, this is an educational and essential volume for all Texans.

Piney Woods
Post Oak Savanna
Blackland Prairies
Cross Timbers and Prairies
Rolling Plains
Edwards Plateau
High Plains
South Texas Brushland
Coastal Prairies
Texas Gulf Coast

BRIAN R. CHAPMAN is senior research scientist at the Texas Research Institute for Environmental Sciences at Sam Houston State University. He is the coauthor of Ecology of North America. ERIC G. BOLEN is a respected wildlife biologist and has edited or coauthored books on wildlife biology and ecology, including Ecology of North America and Wildlife Ecology and Management.

What Readers Are Saying:

“At first glance, the book appears to be a textbook. But it soon transforms into a welcome collection of oddities, a bestiary of the strange, unexpected and overlooked.” —Texas Observer  

“While too large to carry in the field, this book is a great reference for planning your next trip to Texas or for reminiscing about past or wished for trips to the state.” —Wildlife Activist


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