Miranda Martin


Subject areas:

Life Sciences; Physical Sciences; Neurobiology and behavior


Complexity in Ecological Systems; The Critical Moments and Perspectives in Earth History and Paleobiology; Columbia University Earth Institute Sustainability Primers

The publishing program in the sciences at Columbia spans a range of disciplines that teach us about our past and guide us into the future. We have long published key titles and foundational textbooks in paleontology; today, ideal book projects in paleontology focus on fascinating scientific discoveries or offer new lessons about evolution. Our earth and climate science books emphasize sustainability: we seek solutions-oriented books for practitioners, decision makers, and concerned general readers that lead the way toward a healthier future.

Neuroscience gives us the opportunity to highlight leading-edge science that teaches us valuable lessons about ourselves, both as individuals and as societies. We look for projects that answer essential questions about human experience. In recent years, our books have addressed topics including imagination, the self, intelligence, language in the brain, and consciousness.

Neurobiology and behavior is a frontier field that is scientifically complex and evolving, with deep implications for individuals and society. The ideal book for Columbia University Press hits on one or both of these levels. It provides a scientifically informed take on a topic of humanist interest, be that art, culture, or religion, or it engages how evolution and biology are changing the way that we think about ourselves, one another, our social institutions, and our place in the world.