What Does Life Do?: Understanding Life as a Process

What Does Life Do?: Understanding Life as a Process

by Tom L Kennedy

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Overview

What is the nature of life? How did life on Earth begin? How is life connected to the Earth and the Universe? How have humans altered the course of life?

In this book, Kennedy changes our vies of life by asking a simple question, "what does it do?" With this one question, Kennedy takes you on a journey from life’s origins, through its evolution and diversification to speculating about the future of life. Along the way, you see that life is connected to the Earth, and nowhere is that more true than today as humans are rapidly degrading the planet. What Does Life Do captures Kennedy’s passion for biology and the importance of science for understanding the natural world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945331008
Publisher: Kennedy Science Productions LLC
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Tom Kennedy lives in Albuquerque, NM where he is faculty in the Biology Department at the University of New Mexico. He has a passion for teaching biology courses to non-majors and undergraduates alike. In addition to teaching, he enjoys natural history, photography, and camping with his wife.
He received a BS in biology from Florida State University, a Master's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. His broad academic training has given him a background in geology, atmospheric science, and of course biology.
While working towards a Ph.D. Tom developed a passion for teaching and making science accessible to everyone. He has experience teaching biology for non-majors, biology for health-related majors, natural history of New Mexico, environmental science, cell and molecular biology, ecology and evolution, plant and animal form and function, general vertebrate zoology. In addition to his academic training, he also has gained extensive field experience in the Caribbean, Central and South America, the western deserts and streams, and the eastern longleaf pine forest. Tom uses his experiences and knowledge to bring story-telling to the classroom and his books.
Tom Kennedy lives in Albuquerque, NM where he is faculty in the Biology Department at the University of New Mexico. He has a passion for teaching biology courses to non-majors and undergraduates alike. In addition to teaching, he enjoys natural history, photography, and camping with his wife.
He received a BS in biology from Florida State University, a Master's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. His broad academic training has given him a background in geology, atmospheric science, and of course biology.
While working towards a Ph.D. Tom developed a passion for teaching and making science accessible to everyone. He has experience teaching biology for non-majors, biology for health-related majors, natural history of New Mexico, environmental science, cell and molecular biology, ecology and evolution, plant and animal form and function, general vertebrate zoology. In addition to his academic training, he also has gained extensive field experience in the Caribbean, Central and South America, the western deserts and streams, and the eastern longleaf pine forest. Tom uses his experiences and knowledge to bring story-telling to the classroom and his books.

Table of Contents

Introduction v
1 Origins of the Universe and the Earth 12
2 The Origin of Life 34
3 Energy and Life 55
4 Scientific Revolutions 82
5 The History of Life is Written in Our Genes 106
6 Reproduction, Ensuring the Continuity of Life 131
7 The Unseen World of Single-Celled Organisms 154
8 Plant and Fungal Diversity 179
9 Most Animals are Invertebrates 204
10 Vertebrate Diversity 231
11 Life Interacts with the Environment 261
12 Ecosystems Connect Life to the Earth 286
13 Climate Change 311
14 The Human Impacts to Life 336

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