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Biology: Life on Earth (7th Ed) by G Audesirk and others

Biology: Life on Earth (7th Edition)    



  • Gerald Audesirk
  • Teresa Audesirk
  • Bruce E. Byers


  • Hardcover: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 7 edition (August 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0131005065
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.05 pounds


Book Description

The number of biology-related issues in our society is growing constantly. This book helps readers digest a wealth of scientific information with relevant references and examples. Includes new Links to Life feature—ends each chapter on a relevant note with short, informally written segments on familiar topics, such as “Health Food.” Contains Earth Watch, Health Watch, and Scientific Inquiry Essays that introduce readers to the exploration of key environmental and health-related issues. Features a striking illustration program with consistent, strategic use of color, revised multi-part figures, and updated labels and captions. A fascinating reference for anyone interested in learning more about biological issues in our world.  

From the Back Cover

Key Benefit: This best-selling introductory book, widely praised for its lively writing style and impeccable scientific presentation, has been revised to reflect the changing dynamics of introductory biology. Emphasizing concepts over facts and critical thinking over memorization, Life on Earth presents the dynamic processes at work in biology and conveys the relevance and excitement of this discipline to readers. Key Topics: Centered on Concepts—Life on Earth brings concepts to the foreground rather than obscuring them with unnecessary detail; Applying the Concepts sections include creative problems (over 60% new) that ask readers to apply critical thinking skills to real world scenarios; at least 2 questions per chapter directly examine the impact of science and technology upon society; by capturing the wonder of “why?”, connects with readers and their first hand experience as a foundation upon which to learn concepts; conveys the dynamic process of science and discovery, emphasizing the people and processes behind the science; topics from “Scientific Inquiry” include DNA fingerprinting, the use of biotechnology in prenatal diagnosis, and using molecular genetics to investigate evolutionary relationships; by beginning with DNA and molecular genetics, the book captures reader interest by building on a familiar high- impact topic; book also clarifies the unifying threads of the discipline. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition. 

About the Author(s)

Terry and Gerry Audesirk grew up in New Jersey, where they met as undergraduates. After marrying in 1970, they moved to California, where Terry earned her doctorate in marine ecology at the University of Southern California and Gerry earned his doctorate in neurobiology at the California Institute of Technology. As postdoctoral students at the University of Washington’s marine laboratories, they worked together on the neural bases of behavior, using a marine mollusk as a model system.

Terry and Gerry are now professors of biology at the University of Colorado at Denver, where they have taught introductory biology and neurobiology since 1982. In their research lab, funded by the National Institutes of Health, they investigate the mechanisms by which neurons are harmed by low levels of environmental pollutants.

Terry and Gerry share a deep appreciation of nature and of the outdoors. They enjoy hiking in the Rockies, running near their home in the foothills west of Denver, and attempting to garden at 7000 feet in the presence of hungry deer and elk. They are long-time members of many conservation organizations. Their daughter, Heather, has added another focus to their lives.

Bruce E. Byers, a midwesterner transplanted to the hills of western Massachusetts, is a professor in the biology department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He’s been a member of the faculty at UMass (where he also completed his doctoral degree) since 1993. Bruce teaches introductory biology courses for both nonmajors and majors; he also teaches courses in ornithology and animal behavior.

A lifelong fascination with birds ultimately led Bruce to scientific exploration of avian biology. His current research focuses on the behavioral ecology of birds, especially on the function and evolution of the vocal signals that birds use to communicate. The pursuit of vocalizations often takes Bruce outdoors, where he can be found before dawn, tape recorder in hand, awaiting the first songs of a new day.  



Satisfied with this book, June 27, 2002

As a student, I think authors did a good job on explaining the subject. It doesn’t go too details about every topics it covers but it seems that authors give more emphasis on some topics(should say more interesting ones). Every chapter opens up with a discussion or phenomenon that is addressed in the chapter or at the end of chapter. My university uses this book as a text for NON-MAJOR biology class. I read every single line(no joke) in the book and find the chapters to be stimulating, interesting and cover what students ought to know. The book comes with a CD that helped me out in the learning process (things like simulation of an event, figures, tips and techniques) . Very satisfied with this book.