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Principles of Biology
Principles of Biology

Principles of Biology

ISBN10: 1265123659 | ISBN13: 9781265123659
By Eric Widmaier, Robert Brooker, Linda Graham and Peter Stiling

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Principles of Biology is reflective of the shift taking place in the majors biology course from large and detail rich to short and conceptual, with a focus on new, cutting-edge science. A succinct and inviting text focused on central concepts, Principles of Biology helps students connect fundamental principles while challenging them to develop and hone critical thinking skills.

1 An Introduction to Biology

UNIT I Chemistry
2 The Chemical Basis of Life I: Atoms, Molecules, and Water
3 The Chemical Basis of Life II: Organic Molecules


4 Evolutionary Origin of Cells and Their General Features
5 Membranes: The Interface Between Cells and Their Environment
6 How Cells Utilize Energy
7 How Cells Capture Light Energy via Photosynthesis
8 How Cells Communicate with Each Other and with the Environment

UNIT III Genetics

9 The Information of Life: DNA and RNA Structure, DNA Replication, and Chromosome Structure 
10 The Expression of Genetic Information via Genes I: Transcription and Translation
11 The Expression of Genetic Information via Genes II: Non-coding RNAs 
12 The Control of Genetic Information via Gene Regulation 
13 Altering the Genetic Material: Mutation, DNA Repair, and Cancer
14 How Eukaryotic Cells Sort and Transmit Chromosomes: Mitosis and Meiosis
15 Transmission of Genetic Information from Parents to Offspring I: Patterns That Follow Mendel’s Laws 
16 Transmission of Genetic Information from Parents to Offspring II: Epigenetics, Linkage, and Extranuclear
17 The Simpler Genetic Systems of Viruses, Bacteria, and Archaea
18 Genetic Technologies: How Biologists Study Genes and Genomes 

UNIT IV Evolution

19 Evolution of Life I: How Populations Change from Generation to Generation 
20 Evolution of Life II: The Emergence of New Species 
21 How Biologists Classify Species and Study Their Evolutionary Relationships
22 The History of Life on Earth and Human Evolution 

UNIT V Diversity

23 Diversity of Microbial Life: Archaea, Bacteria, Protists, and Fungi
24 Microbiomes: Microbial Systems on and Around Us 
25 Plant Evolution: How Plant Diversification Changed Planet Earth
26 Invertebrates: The Vast Array of Animal Life Without a Backbone 
27 Vertebrates: Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Mammals

UNIT VI Flowering Plants
28 An Introduction to Flowering Plant Form and Function
29 How Flowering Plants Sense and Interact with Their Environments 
30 How Flowering Plants Obtain and Transport Water, Mineral Nutrients, and Organic Compounds
31 How Flowering Plants Reproduce and Develop

UNIT VII Animals 
32 General Features of Animal Bodies, and Homeostasis as a Key Principle of Animal Biology
33 Neuroscience I: The Structure, Function, and Evolution of Nervous Systems
34 Neuroscience II: How Sensory Systems Allow Animals to Interact with the Environment
35 How Muscles and Skeletons Are Adaptations for Movement, Support, and Protection
36 Circulatory and Respiratory Systems: Transporting Solutes and Exchanging Gases
37 Digestive and Excretory Systems: Maintaining Nutrient, Water, and Energy Balance and Removing Waste 
38 How Endocrine Systems Influence the Activities of All Other Organ Systems
39 The Production of Offspring: Reproduction and Development 
40 Immune Systems: How Animals Defend Against Pathogens and Other Dangers
41 An Example of a System-Wide Response to a Challenge to Homeostasis


42 Behavioral Ecology: The Struggle to Find Food and Mates and to Pass on Genes
43 Population Growth and Species Interactions
44 Communities and Ecosystems: Ecological Organization at Large Scales
45 Biomes: How Climate Affects the Distribution of Species on Earth
46 The Age of Humans
47 Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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About the Author

Eric Widmaier

Eric P. Widmaier received his Ph.D. in 1984 in Endocrinology from the University of California at San Francisco.  His postdoctoral training was in endocrinology and physiology at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, and The Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA.  He is currently Professor of Biology at Boston University.

Robert Brooker

Rob Brooker (Ph.D., Yale University) received his B.A. in biology at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, in 1978. At Harvard, he studied lactose permease, the product of the lacY gene of the lac operon. He continues working on transporters at the University of Minnesota, where he is a Professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development and has an active research laboratory. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Brooker teaches undergraduate courses in biology, genetics, and cell biology. In addition to many other publications, he has written two undergraduate genetics texts published by McGraw Hill.

Linda Graham

Linda Graham is Professor of Botany and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She received her Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has taught a nonmajors plant biology course each year for more than 20 years.  She also teaches courses on the biology of algae and bryophytes, contributes to an introductory biology course for majors, and has taught marine botany on a remote tropical island. 

Peter Stiling

Peter Stiling is a professor of biology at the University of South Florida at Tampa.  He has taught classes in ecology, environmental science, and community ecology, and in 1995 he received a teaching award in recognition of classroom excellence in these areas.  Dr. Stiling obtained his Ph.D. from University College, Cardiff, Wales, and completed postdoctoral research at Florida State University.  


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