This independent lab manual can be used for a one or two-semester majors level general biology lab and can be used with any majors-level general biology textbook. The labs are investigative and ask students to use more critical thinking and hands-on learning. The author emphasizes investigative, quantitative, and comparative approaches to studying the life sciences.
Warren Dolphin is Emeritus Professor of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology at Iowa State University. He earned his B.S. at West Chester State University and Ph.D. at the Ohio State University in Zoology (Cell Biology). He served as Coordinator of the Biology Program for 30 years and the Program in Biological Illustration for 10 years. For his service to undergraduate education at the Iowa State, he was awarded the honorary title University Professor. He has taught introductory biology for 37 years, including supervising the offering of labs to thousands of students each year. This lab manual, first published in 1980, is a result of his desire to have students do biological science, distilling the principles that provide the foundation for further studies and productive careers. For this edition, he asked former colleagues at Iowa State to help him achieve that goal.