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Life on earth
Audesirk, Teresa.
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Third edition.
Publication Information:
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, [2003]

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1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 28 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
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QH308.2 .A936 2003 Book and Software Set Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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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 Media Tutor student CD-ROM is integrated into each chapter, as Media Tutor Tabs within each chapter show a sequence of activities found on the students CD. For the instructor, a new Instructors 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. - NEW - Annotated Illustrations and Graphics - helps students focus on the most important points of scientific illustrations and graphs for better visual comprehension. - NEW - Big Picture Boxes - A brief statement that follows key biological concepts to summarise the central teac

Author Notes

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.

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