Essentials of Biology 13 9780078024221
Essentials of Biology

Essentials of Biology

Grade Levels: 13
By Sylvia Mader and Michael Windelspecht
Copyright: 2015
Publication Date: January 10, 2014
MHID: 0078024226
ISBN 13: 9780078024221

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Key Features

  • Dynamic Instructional Art Program. The art in Essentials of Biology is presented in several different formats:
  • Multilevel Perspective Art that provides macroscopic and microscopic views to help orient students
  • Combination Art that pairs the clarity of line drawings with the realism of micrographs
  • Process Art that breaks down complex processes into smaller steps
  • In addition, consistent use of color throughout the entire art program helps students focus on the content rather than being distracted by the color.

Bioethical Issues. The Bioethical Issue at the end of each chapter briefly discusses a controversial issue confronting society and poses questions to help students fully consider the issue and arrive at an opinion.

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Essentials of Biology

1 A View of Life

Part 1 The Cell

2 The Chemical Basis of Life

3 The Organic Molecules of Life

4 Inside the Cell

5 The Dynamic Cell

6 Energy for Life

7 Energy for Cells

Part 2 Genetics

8 Cellular Reproduction

9 Sexual Reproduction

10 Patterns of Inheritance

11 DNA Biology and Technology

12 Gene Regulation and Cancer

13 Genetic Counseling

Part 3 Evolution

14 Darwin and Evolution

15 Evolution on a Small Scale

16 Evolution on a Large Scale

Part 4 Diversity of Life

17 The First Forms of Life

18 Land Environment: Plants and Fungi

19 Both Water and Land: Animals

Part 5 Plant Structure and Function

20 Plant Anatomy and Growth

21 Plant Responses and Reproduction

Part 6 Animal Structure and Function

22 Being Organized and Steady

23 The Transport Systems

24 The Maintenance Systems

25 Human Nutrition

26 Defenses Against Disease

27 The Control Systems

28 Sensory Input and Motor Output

29 Reproduction and Development

Part 7 Ecology

30 Ecology of Populations

31 Communities and Ecosystems

32 Human Impact on the Biosphere

About the Author

Sylvia Mader

Sylvia S. Mader has authored several nationally recognized biology texts published by McGraw Hill. Educated at Bryn Mawr College, Harvard University, Tufts University, and Nova Southeastern University, she holds degrees in both Biology and Education. Over the years she has taught at University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Massachusetts Bay Community College; Suffolk University; and Nathan Mayhew Seminars. Her ability to reach out to science-shy students led to the writing of her first text, Inquiry into Life, that is now in its thirteenth edition. Highly acclaimed for her crisp and entertaining writing style, her books have become models for others who write in the field of biology. Although her writing schedule is always quite demanding, Dr. Mader enjoys taking time to visit and explore the various ecosystems of the biosphere. Her several trips to the Florida Everglades and Caribbean coral reefs resulted in talks she has given to various groups around the country. She has visited the tundra in Alaska, the taiga in the Canadian Rockies, the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, and tropical rain forests in South America and Australia. A photo safari to the Serengeti in Kenya resulted in a number of photographs for her texts. She was thrilled to think of walking in Darwin’s steps when she journeyed to the Galápagos Islands with a group of biology educators. Dr. Mader was also a member of a group of biology educators who traveled to China to meet with their Chinese counterparts and exchange ideas about the teaching of modern-day biology.

Michael Windelspecht

As an educator, Dr. Michael Windelspecht has taught introductory biology, genetics, and human genetics in the online, traditional, and hybrid environments at community colleges, comprehensive universities, and military institutions. For over a decade he served as the Introductory Biology Coordinator at Appalachian State University where he directed a program that enrolled over 4,500 students annually. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of biology at ASU where he teaches nonmajors biology and human genetics in the online and hybrid formats. He was educated at Michigan State University and the University of South Florida. Dr. Windelspecht is also active in promoting the scientific literacy of secondary school educators. He has led multiple workshops on integrating water quality research into the science curriculum, and has spent several summers teaching Pakistani middle school teachers. As an author, Dr. Windelspecht has published five reference textbooks, and multiple print and online lab manuals. He served as the series editor for a ten-volume work on the human body. For years Dr. Windelspecht has been active in the development of multimedia resources for the online and hybrid science classrooms. Along with his wife, Sandra, he owns a multimedia production company, Ricochet Creative Productions, which actively develops and assesses new technologies for the science classroom.