This page is still under construction. Thank you for your interest. At the moment I'm simply posting a few books I've written in these fields.
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Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions, Fourth Edition
Michael L. McKinney, PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee,
Robert M. Schoch, PhD, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts,
Logan Yonavjak, currently a research assistant at World Resources Institute,
Jones & Bartlett Publishers (2007)
Publisher’s Description: The critical importance of environmental preservation is apparent to everyone. The issues facing us today, be they global warming, the depleting ozone layer, the controversy over nuclear power, or the continuing problems of water pollution and solid waste disposal, are headline news. Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions, Fourth Edition, offers the basic principles necessary to understand and address these multi-faceted and often very complex current environmental concerns. The book provides a comprehensive overview and synthesis of environmental science and provides the basic factual data necessary to understand the environment as it is today. It is important that students understand how various aspects of the natural environment interconnect with each other and with human society. Using a systems approach, the authors have organized complex information in a way that highlights these connections in a fair and unbiased fashion. A Study Guide is incorporated at the end of each chapter to help reinforce concepts and provide a clear overview of material.
Horns, Tusks, and Flippers: The Evolution of Hoofed Mammals
Donald R. Prothero and Robert M. Schoch
The Johns Hopkins University Press (2003)
Publisher’s Description: Since the extinction of the dinosaurs, hoofed mammals have been the planet's dominant herbivores. Native to all continents except Australia and Antarctica, they include not only even-toed artiodactyls (pigs, hippos, camels, deer, antelopes, giraffes, sheep, goats, and cattle) and odd-toed perissodactyls (horses and rhinos), but also tethytheres (elephants and their aquatic relatives, manatees and seas cows) and cetaceans (whales and dolphins), which descended from hoofed land mammals. Recent paleontological and biological discoveries have deepened our understanding of their evolution and in some cases have made previous theories obsolete. In Horns, Tusks, and Flippers, Donald R. Prothero and Robert M. Schoch present a compelling new evolutionary history of these remarkable creatures, combining the latest scientific evidence with the most current information about their ecology and behavior.
Using an approach based on cladistics, the authors consider both living and extinct ungulates. Included in their discussion are the stories of rhinos, whose ancestors include both dinosaur-sized hornless species and hippo-like river waders; elephants, whose earliest ancestors had neither tusks nor trunks; and whales, whose descent from hoofed mesonychids has never properly been described for the lay audience. Prothero and Schoch also update the evolutionary history of the horse, correcting the frequent errors made in textbooks and popular works, and they make available to the general public new evidence about the evolution of camels, horned antelopes, and cattle. In addition, they raise important conservation issues and relate anecdotes of significant fossil finds.
Scientifically accurate and up to date, generously illustrated, and clearly written, Horns, Tusks, and Flippers is a useful and much-needed resource for specialists in the fields of paleontology, zoology, ecology, and evolutionary biology, as well as for general readers interested in learning more about the story of life on Earth.
Systematics, Functional Morphology and Macroevolution of the Extinct Mammalian Order Taeniodonta
Robert M. Schoch
Yale University Peabody Museum (1986)
xii + 307 pages
This is the published version of my Ph.D. dissertation (I received my Ph.D. from Yale University in 1983). It is a study of the extinct group of mammals, known as the Taeniodonta, who lived some 45 to 65 million years ago. I am honored to be among the select few over the years who have had their dissertations published by the Yale Peabody Museum.