5th Edition

Peter J. Russell, Paul E. Hertz, Beverly McMillan, Joel Benington

ISBN-13: 9780357134894
Copyright 2021 | Published
1536 pages | List Price: USD $312.95

This updated Fifth Edition of BIOLOGY: THE DYNAMIC SCIENCE is a readable and understandable foundation for introductory biology students. Clarity of presentation, thoughtful organization, a logical and seamless flow of topics within chapters, and carefully designed illustrations are hallmarks of this text. The accompanying MindTap for Biology includes multimedia instruction, assessments, videos, personalized study tools and more. With this easy-to-read, engaging text, you’ll leave your introductory biology course armed with intellectual skills that will enable you to evaluate future knowledge with a critical eye.


1. Introduction to Biological Concepts and Research.
2. Life, Chemistry, and Water.
3. Biological Molecules: The Carbon Compounds of Life.
4. Cells.
5. Membranes and Transport.
6. Energy, Enzymes, and Biological Reactions.
7. Cellular Respiration: Harvesting Chemical Energy.
8. Photosynthesis.
9. Cell Communication.
10. Cell Division and Mitosis.
11. Meiosis: The Cellular Basis of Sexual Reproduction.
12. Mendel, Genes, and Inheritance.
13. Genes, Chromosomes, and Human Genetics.
14. DNA Structure, Replication, and Organization.
15. Gene Expression: From DNA to Protein.
16. Regulation of Gene Expression.
17. Bacterial and Viral Genetics.
18. DNA Technology: Making and Using Genetically Altered Organisms, and Other Applications.
19. Genomes and Proteomes.
20. The Development of Evolutionary Thought.
21. Microevolution: Genetic Changes within Populations.
22. Speciation.
23. Paleobiology and Macroevolution.
24. Systematic Biology: Phylogeny and Classification.
25. The Origin of Life.
26. Prokaryotes and Viruses.
27. Protists.
28. Seedless Plants.
29. Seed Plants.
30. Fungi.
31. Animal Phylogeny, Acoelomates, and Protostomes.
32. Deuterostomes: Vertebrates and Their Closest Relatives.
33. The Plant Body.
34. Transport in Plants.
35. Plant Nutrition.
36. Reproduction and Development in Flowering Plants.
37. Plant Signals and Responses to the Environment.
38. Introduction to Animal Organization and Physiology.
39. Information Flow and the Neuron.
40. Nervous Systems.
41. Sensory Systems.
42. The Endocrine System.
43. Muscles, Bones, and Body Movements
44. The Circulatory System.
45. Defenses against Disease.
46. Gas Exchange: The Respiratory System.
47. Digestive Systems and Animal Nutrition.
48. Regulating the Internal Environment: Osmoregulation, Excretion, and Thermoregulation.
49. Animal Reproduction.
50. Animal Development.
51. Ecology and the Biosphere.
52. Population Ecology.
53. Population Interactions and Community Ecology.
54. Ecosystems.
55. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology.
56. Animal Behavior.

  • Peter J. Russell

    Peter J. Russell received a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Sussex, England, in 1968 and a Ph.D. in Genetics from Cornell University in 1972. He has been a member of the Biology faculty of Reed College since 1972 and is currently a Professor of Biology, Emeritus. Peter taught a section of the introductory biology course, a genetics course, and a research literature course on molecular virology. In 1987 he received the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award from Reed College in recognition of his excellence in teaching, He is the author of iGENETICS: A MOLECULAR, APPROACH, a successful genetics textbook. Peter’s research was in the area of molecular genetics, with a specific interest in characterizing the role of host genes in the replication of the RNA genome of a pathogenic plant virus, and the expression of the genes of the virus; yeast was used as the model host. His research has been funded by agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Department of Defense, the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon, and the Murdoch Foundation. He has published his research results in a variety of journals, including GENETICS, JOURNAL OF BACTERIOLOGY, MOLECULAR AND GENERAL GENETICS, NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH, PLASMID, and MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY. Peter has a long history of encouraging faculty research involving undergraduates, including cofounding the biology division of the Council on Undergraduate Research in 1985. He was Principal Investigator/Program Director of a National Science Foundation Award for the Integration of Research and Education (NSF–AIRE) to Reed College, 1998 to 2002.

  • Paul E. Hertz

    Paul E. Hertz was born and raised in New York City. He received a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University in 1972, an A.M. in Biology from Harvard University in 1973, and a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University in 1977. While completing field research for the doctorate, he served on the Biology faculty of the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras. After two years as an Isaac Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University, Paul accepted a teaching position at Barnard College, where he has taught since 1979. He was named Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Biology in 2000, received The Barnard Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007, and was named Claire Tow Professor of Biology in 2016. In addition to serving on numerous college committees, Paul chaired Barnard’s Biology Department for eight years and served as Acting Provost and Dean of the Faculty from 2011 to 2012. He was the founding Program Director of the Hughes Science Pipeline Project at Barnard, an undergraduate curriculum and research program that was funded continuously by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1992 until 2016. The Pipeline Project included the Intercollegiate Partnership, a program for local community college students that facilitated their transfer to four-year colleges and universities. He teaches one semester of the introductory sequence for Biology majors and pre-professional students, lecture and laboratory courses in vertebrate zoology and ecology, and seminars that introduce first-year students to scientific research. Paul is an animal physiological ecologist with a specific research interest in the thermal biology of lizards. He has conducted fieldwork in the West Indies since the mid-1970s, focusing on the lizards of Cuba and Puerto Rico. His work has been funded by the NSF, and he has published his research in THE AMERICAN NATURALIST, ECOLOGY, NATURE, OECOLOGIA, and PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY.

  • Beverly McMillan

    Beverly McMillan holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked extensively in educational and commercial publishing as an author, science writer, project manager, and multimedia content developer. In addition to her contributions to college textbooks, Beverly has written or coauthored multiple popular books on topics in natural history and human health and biology, as well as field guides to the flora and fauna of more than 20 US states. She has also created Web and print content for such clients as the US National Park Service, the Science Museum of Virginia, The Mariners’ Museum, the San Francisco Exploratorium, the University of California system, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science/College of William and Mary.

  • Joel Benington

    Joel H. Benington received his BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1985 and his PhD in biology from Stanford University in 1992. He performed postdoctoral research at the University of Los Angeles and Stanford University until 1996. Since then, he has been a member of the Biology faculty of St. Bonaventure University, where he is currently Professor of Biology and Director of the Bioinformatics and Health and Society programs. He has twice served as Chair of the Department of Biology. During his entire time at St. Bonaventure University, he has taught one or both semesters of the general biology sequence for first-year life science majors. He also teaches upper-level Neurobiology, Genomics, and Evolution courses and has led a variety of seminar courses in the university’s Honors Program. He has published his research in journals such as Progress in Neurobiology, Brain Research, The American Journal of Physiology, and The Scientist. In addition to laboratory research, he has published hypotheses concerning the role of sleep in brain energy metabolism, the functional relationship between REM sleep and non-REM sleep, and connections between sleep and learning. Joel’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, and he has served as Principal Investigator of a National Grid grant to support K–12 STEM education in Cattaraugus County, New York.

  • MINDTAP FOR THE FIFTH EDITION OF BIOLOGY: THE DYNAMIC SCIENCE: Now featuring an improved learning path and assessments designed to maximize learning, MindTap for this edition offers students and instructors greater flexibility with personalized remediation, mobile-friendly activities and powerful reporting tools.

  • CROSS-TALK: This new feature appears at least once in every chapter and uses brief text to draw an explicit connection between material covered in the preceding section to a related topic in another chapter.

  • NEW LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Learning Objectives have been added to the beginning of each chapter to improve organization and emphasize learning outcomes.

  • ESSAYS UPDATED ONLINE: To reflect the most current research, a select number of the “Unanswered Questions" essays have been updated and moved online to MindTap.

  • SCIENCE AS A PROCESS: "Think Like a Scientist" questions encourage students to analyze and apply concepts. "Interpret the Data" exercises develop quantitative analysis and mathematical reasoning skills using a wealth of research figures that demonstrate how biologists formulate and test specific hypotheses by gathering and interpreting data.

  • STUDENT ENGAGEMENT: The "Why It Matters" feature engage students at the start of each chapter. Active learning opportunities include "Think Outside the Book," "Design an Experiment," "Discuss the Concepts" and "Apply Evolutionary Thinking."

  • CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING: Clear explanations of concepts presented from the evolutionary perspective bind the biological sciences together and enable students to see the big picture. "Closer Look" figures visually summarize major concepts.

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