Life on Earth

Life on Earth

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For non-majors introductory biology courses covering core areas such as cell biology, genetics, evolution, plant and animal anatomy and physiology, and ecology.A briefer version of the highly successful Biology: Life on Earth, 6/e (2002), Life on Earth, 3/e was developed in collaboration with a team of biology educators to meet the needs of non-majors. It is built on a steadfast tradition of accurate science, engaging presentation and media innovation. The new MediaTutor student CD-ROM is integrated into each chapter, as MediaTutor Tabs within each chapter show a sequence of activities found on the students' CD. For the instructor, a new Instructor's Resource CD-ROM conveniently provides all the tools needed to prepare for lecture in one easy-to-use CD. The result is a program that helps you draw students into biology through an engaging text, interactive media and exciting lecture presentation material.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 686 pages
  • 213.4 x 278.9 x 22.4mm | 1,492.33g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3rd Re-issue
  • 0130653098
  • 9780130653093

About Teresa Audesirk

Terry and Gerry Audesirk. Both 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.show more

Table of contents

1. An Introduction to Life on Earth. I. THE LIFE OF A CELL. 2. Atoms, Molecules, and Life. 3. Cell Membrane Structure and Function. 4. Cell Structure and Function. 5. Energy Flow in the Life of a Cell. 6. Capturing Solar Energy: Photosynthesis. 7. Harvesting Energy: Glycolysis and Cellular Respiration. II. INHERITANCE. 8. DNA: The Molecule of Heredity. 9. Gene Expression and Regulation. 10. The Continuity of Life: Cellular Reproduction. 11. Patterns of Inheritance. 12. Biotechnology. III. EVOLUTION. 13. Principles of Evolution 14. How Organisms Evolve. 15. The History of Life on Earth. 16. The Diversity of Life. IV. PLANT ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY. 17. Plant Form and Function. 18. Plant Responses to the Environment. V. ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY. 19. Homeostasis and the Organization of the Animal Body. 20. Circulation and Respiration. 21. Nutrition, Digestion, and Excretion. 22. Defenses Against Disease: The Immune Response. 23. Chemical Control of the Animal Body: The Endocrine System. 24. The Nervous System and the Senses. 25. Animal Reproduction and Development. 26. Animal Behavior. VI. ECOLOGY. 27. Population Growth and Regulation. 28. Community Interactions. 29. How Do Ecosystems Work? 30. Earth's Diverse Ecosystems.show more

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