Biology: Life on Earth with Physiology: International Edition, 8th Edition
©2008 |Pearson |
Gerald Audesirk, University of Colorado, Denver
Teresa Audesirk, University of Colorado, Denver
Bruce E. Byers, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
©2008 |Pearson |
Known for its thorough coverage of diversity, animal physiology, ecology, and environmental issues, this comprehensive book engages students in asking and answering questions during the course.
Biology: Life on Earth helps instructors and students manage a wealth of scientific information in a manner that is both meaningful and long-lasting for students. The authors encourage students to learn according to their own style, and to relate this information to their own lives. In each chapter, the Eighth Edition of this trusted biology resource features significant content revisions as well as new figures and photographs.
Clear, consistent organization: Learning aids throughout help students navigate and manage the information.
Engages and motivates students: Information is presented in a way that excites students to become scientifically literate.
Illustration program – Manages visual information with clarity, consistency, and maximum reader interest for students.
• Later treatment of physiology units – Moved further back in the text, to facilitate the two new versions of the Eighth Edition: with physiology and without.
• Entirely new chapter on conservation biology (Ch. 30) – Covers the important topics of biodiversity, causes of extinction, sustainability, and more.
• Approximately 40% new photos.
• New bioethics icons to call out essays that relate to this timely topic.
• Answers to figure caption questions – Now included at the end of the book.
• A fresh, new layout.
• Increased coverage of evolution in chapter 1.
• Reorganization of some chapters – Reverses the order of chapters 4 and 5–cell structure & function now comes before cell membranes.Chapter 19 has been split into two separate chapters (19 & 20). Enables the authors to spend more time on bacteria and archaea in Ch. 19 and more time on protists in Ch. 20.
1 An Introduction to Life on Earth 1
The Life of a Cell
2 Atoms, Molecules, and Life
3 Biological Molecules
4 Cell Structure and Function
5 Cell Membrane Structure and Function
6 Energy Flow in the Life of a Cell
7 Capturing Solar Energy: Photosynthesis
8 Harvesting Energy: Glycolysis and Cellular Respiration
9 DNA: The Molecule of Heredity
10 Gene Expression and Regulation
11 The Continuity of Life: Cellular Reproduction
12 Patterns of Inheritance
14 Principles of Evolution
15 How Organisms Evolve
16 The Origin of Species
17 The History of Life
18 Systematics: Seeking Order Amidst Diversity
19 The Diversity of Prokaryotes and Viruses
20 The Diversity of Protists
21 The Diversity of Plants
22 The Diversity of Fungi
23 Animal Diversity I: Invertebrates
24 Animal Diversity II: Vertebrates
Behavior and Ecology
25 Animal Behavior
26 Population Growth and Regulation
27 Community Interactions
28 How Do Ecosystems Work?
29 Earth’s Diverse Ecosystems
30 Conserving Life on Earth
Animal Anatomy and Physiology
31 Homeostasis and the Organization of the Animal Body
34 Nutrition and Digestion
35 The Urinary System
36 Defenses Against Disease
37 Chemical Control of the Animal Body: The Endocrine System
38 The Nervous System and the Senses
39 Action and Support: The Muscles and Skeleton
40 Animal Reproduction
41 Animal Development
Plant Anatomy and Physiology
42 Plant Anatomy and Nutrient Transport
43 Plant Reproduction and Development
44 Plant Responses to the Environment
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Terry and Gerry Audesirk grew up in New Jersey, where they met as undergraduates. After marrying in 1970, they moved to California, where Terry earned her doctorate in marine ecology at the University of Southern California and Gerry earned his doctorate in neurobiology at the California Institute of Technology. As postdoctoral students at the University of Washington's marine laboratories, they worked together on the neural bases of behavior, using a marine mollusk as a model system.
Terry and Gerry are now professors of biology at the University of Colorado at Denver, where they have taught introductory biology and neurobiology since 1982. In their research lab, funded by the National Institutes of Health, they investigate the mechanisms by which neurons are harmed by low levels of environmental pollutants.
Terry and Gerry share a deep appreciation of nature and of the outdoors. They enjoy hiking in the Rockies, running near their home in the foothills west of Denver, and attempting to garden at 7000 feet in the presence of hungry deer and elk. They are long-time members of many conservation organizations. Their daughter, Heather, has added another focus to their lives.
Bruce E. Byers, a midwesterner transplanted to the hills of western Massachusetts, is a professor in the biology department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He's been a member of the faculty at UMass (where he also completed his doctoral degree) since 1993. Bruce teaches introductory biology courses for both nonmajors and majors; he also teaches courses in ornithology and animal behavior.
A lifelong fascination with birds ultimately led Bruce to scientific exploration of avian biology. His current research focuses on the behavioral ecology of birds, especially on the function and evolution of the vocal signals that birds use to communicate. The pursuit of vocalizations often takes Bruce outdoors, where he can be found before dawn, tape recorder in hand, awaiting the first songs of a new day.
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