Studying biology in today's fast-paced environment where new research is cropping up daily is exciting--and also a bit daunting, unless you have the right textbook to help you make sense of it all. Popular with students at colleges nationwide, Solomon, Berg, and Martin's BIOLOGY is often described as the best text available for learning biology. Filled with resources to guide your study, the Eighth Edition brings clarity to key concepts as it draws you into the excitement of new research in genetics, cell communication, evolution, and many other topics. The book's in-chapter Learning System is like a built-in study guide, focusing your attention on key learning objectives. Many of the text's colorful illustrations are correlated with animated figures online so you can interactively study and reinforce your understanding of complex processes.
Dr. Solomon is a bio-psychologist as well as a biologist and has served as the Clinical Director of the Center for Mental Health Education, Assessment and Therapy since 1992. Dr. Solomon currently is an adjunct professor and member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of South Florida. She has taught biology and nursing students for more than 20 years.
Dr. Berg is an award-winning teacher and author who taught for 17 years at the University of Maryland in College Park. It was at this institution that she received numerous teaching and service awards. Dr. Berg is also the recipient of many national and regional awards including the National Science Teachers Association Award for Innovations in College Science Teaching, the Nation's Capital Area Disabled Student Services Award, and the Washington Academy of Sciences Award in University Science Teaching.
Dr. Martin currently teaches at Rutgers University, where she has been for more than 20 years. Her particular area of study surrounds the study of chromosomes related to plant species and how they can be used to understand evolutionary relationships.
Part 1: THE ORGANIZATION OF LIFE. 1. A View of Life. 2. Atoms & Molecules: The Chemical Basis of Life. 3. The Chemistry of Life: Organic Compounds. 4. Organization of the Cell. 5. Biological Membranes. 6. Cell Communication. Part 2: ENERGY TRANSFER THROUGH LIVING SYSTEMS. 7. Energy and Metabolism. 8. How Cells Make ATP: Energy-Releasing Pathways. 9. Photosynthesis: Capturing Energy. Part 3: THE CONTINUITY OF LIFE: GENETICS. 10. Chromosomes, Mitosis, and Meiosis. 11. The Basic Principles of Heredity. 12. DNA: The Carrier of Genetic Information. 13. Gene Expression. 14. Gene Regulation. 15. DNA Technology and Genomics. 16. The Human Genome. 17. Developmental Genetics. Part 4: THE CONTINUITY OF LIFE: EVOLUTION. 18. Introduction to Darwinian Evolution. 19. Evolutionary Change in Populations. 20. Speciation & Macroevolution. 21. The Origin & Evolutionary History of Life. 22. The Evolution of Primates. Part 5: THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE. 23. Understanding Diversity: Systematics. 24. Viruses & Prokaryotes. 25. Protists. 26. Kingdom Fungi. 27. The Plant Kingdom: Seedless Plants. 28. The Plant Kingdom: Seed Plants. 29. The Animal Kingdom: An Introduction to Animal Diversity. 30. The Animal Kingdom: The Protostomes. 31. The Animal Kingdom: The Deuterostomes. Part 6: STRUCTURE AND LIFE PRECESSES IN PLANTS. 32. Plant Structure, Growth, and Differentiation. 33. Leaf Structure and Function. 34. Stems and Transport in Vascular Plants. 35. Roots and Mineral Nutrition. 36. Reproduction in Flowering Plants. 37. Plant Growth and Development. Part 7: STRUCTURE AND LIFE PROCESSES IN ANIMALS. 38. Animal Structure and Function: An Introduction. 39. Protection, Support, and Movement. 40. Neural Signaling. 41. Neural Regulation. 42. Sensory Systems. 43. Internal Transport. 44. The Immune System: Internal Defense. 45. Gas Exchange. 46. Processing Food and Nutrition. 47. Osmoregulation and Disposal of Metabolic Wastes. 48. Endocrine Regulation. 49. Reproduction. 50. Animal Development. Part 8: THE INTERACTIONS OF LIFE: ECOLOGY. 51. Animal Behavior. 52. Introduction to Ecology: Population Ecology. 53. Community Ecology. 54. Ecosystems and the Biosphere. 55. Ecology and the Geography of Life. 56. Global Environmental Issues. Appendix A: Periodic Table of the Elements. Appendix B: Classification of Organisms. Appendix C: Understanding Biological Terms. Appendix D: Abbreviations. Appendix E: Answers to the Test Your Understanding Questions. Glossary. Index.