Synopses & Reviews
Known for its thorough coverage of diversity, ecology, and environmental issues, this comprehensive book engages you with integrated, relevant case studies, and challenges you with thought-provoking questions throughout each chapter.
The fully revised Biology: Life on Earth with Physiology, Ninth Edition, has the same friendly writing style appreciated by thousands of students, but with greater emphasis on engaging, real-world applications. New to this edition are “Case Study Continued” sections, which connect a chapter’s case study to relevant biological topics covered in the chapter, and “Have you ever wondered?” features that respond to commonly asked questions from students. Thoroughly revised illustrations and expanded critical thinking questions have been added to each chapter and are supplemented by the powerful new MasteringBiology®program that helps you make effective use of your study time outside of the classroom.
For courses not covering plant and animal anatomy & physiology, an alternate version–Biology: Life on Earth, Ninth Edition–is also available.
- Biology: Life on Earth with Physiology, Ninth Edition
- MasteringBiology with Pearson eText Student Access Kit
The number of biology-related issues in our society is growing constantly. This book helps readers digest a wealth of scientific information with relevant references and examples. Includes new Links to Life feature–ends each chapter on a relevant note with short, informally written segments on familiar topics, such as “Health Food.” Contains Earth Watch, Health Watch, and Scientific Inquiry Essays that introduce readers to the exploration of key environmental and health-related issues. Features a striking illustration program with consistent, strategic use of color, revised multi-part figures, and updated labels and captions. A fascinating reference for anyone interested in learning more about biological issues in our world.
Intended for those interested in learning the basics of biology
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
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