Respected and loved by students and professors alike, BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, Ninth Edition presents the key concepts and applications of biology in an engaging, logical, and clear manner. Known for its superior writing and visually effective art program, this best-selling book provides students with one of the most readable and engaging introductions to biology in print. Respected for the way it maintains scientific accuracy while it presents information at an appropriate level for today's undergraduate nonmajors, the book has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest research in biology.
About the Author
For the past two decades, Cecie Starr has been known as one of the best-selling biology textbook authors. Her texts, appreciated for their clarity in both the written word and the visual representation of biological concepts, include multiple editions of BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, and BIOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW. Her original dream was to become an architect. Instead of building houses, she now builds, with care and attention to detail, incredible texts based on this philosophy: "I invite students into a chapter through an intriguing story. Once inside, they get the great windows that biologists construct on the world of life. Biology is not just another house. It is a conceptual mansion. I hope to do it justice."
Ralph Taggart, Former Chair of Biological Sciences at Michigan State University, Ralph Taggert is now the chair of Geological Sciences. Professor Taggart, known for his outstanding research in Paleobotany, has taught the general biology course for over 20 years.
Christine Evers has been creating multimedia and Web-based materials to supplement Starr and other science texts for ten years. She earned her B.S. in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook. After working as a research assistant studying the developmental biology of slime mold, she was awarded an N.S.F. fellowship to attend Yale, where she studied evolutionary biology and honeybee behavior. She has a strong interest in science education and serves as a member of her local school board.
Lisa Starr has been creating incredible art for the Starr biology textbooks since 1997, and began authoring the books in 2004. She has a passion for all things science, and particularly enjoys parsing complex scientific concepts into written and visual content that engages nonscientists. She has an extensive background in molecular biology-based research in both academic and industrial settings, and an education in chemistry and biochemistry.
Table of ContentsINTRODUCTION. 1. Concepts and Methods in Biology. I: PRINCIPLES OF CELLULAR LIFE. 2. Chemical Foundations for Cells. 3. Carbon Compounds in Cells. 4. Cell Structure and Function. 5. A Closer Look at Cell Membranes. 6. Ground Rules of Metabolism. 7. Energy-Acquiring Pathways. 8. Energy-Releasing Pathways. II: PRINCIPLES OF INHERITANCE. 9. Cell Divison and Mitosis. 10. Meiosis. 11. Observable Patterns of Inheritance. 12. Chromosomes and Human Genetics. 13. DNA Structure and Function. 14. From DNA to Proteins. 15. Controls Over Genes. 16. Recombinant DNA and Genetic Engineering. III: PRINCIPLES OF EVOLUTION. 17. Emergence of Evolutionary Thought. 18. Microevolution. 19. Speciation. 20. The Macroevolutionary Puzzle. IV: EVOLUTION AND DIVERSITY. 21. The Origin and Evolution of Life. 22. Bacteria and Viruses. 23. Protistans. 24. Fungi. 25. Plants. 26. Animals: The Invertebrates. 27. Animals: The Vertebrates. 28. Human Evolution: A Case Study. V: PLANT STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION. 29. Plant Tissues. 30. Plant Nutrition and Transport. 31. Plant Reproduction. 32. Plant Growth and Development. VI: ANIMAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION. 33. Tissues, Organ Systems, and Homeostasis. 34. Information Flow and the Neuron. 35. Integration and Control: Nervous Systems. 36. Sensory Reception. 37. Endocrine Control. 38. Protection, Support, and Movement. 39. Circulation. 40. Immunity. 41. Respiration. 42. Digestion and Human Nutrition. 43. The Internal Environment. 44. Principles of Reproduction and Development. 45. Human Reproduction and Development. VII: ECOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR. 46. Population Ecology. 47. Social Interactions. 48. Community Interactions 49. Ecosystems. 50. TheBiosphere. 51. Human Impact on the Biosphere. Appendix I: Brief Classification Scheme. Appendix II: Units Of Measure. Appendix III: Answers To Genetics Problems. Appendix IV: A Closer Look At Some Major Metabolic Pathways. Appendix V: Periodic Table Of The Elements. A Glossary Of Biological Terms.