Essential Biology: An Applied Approach

Author(s): Peter Daempfle

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2021

Pages: 890


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Essential Biology: An Applied Approach is a textbook intended for introductory college biology courses. It uses a society-based approach to guide readers to appreciate biology as it applies to current and historic cultural issues. Essential Biology serves the traditional undergraduate biology curriculum, with a sequence and depth of content valuable for the introductory student. Its unique story- and society-based approach brings forth collaborative discussion and improves student motivation to read and study further into the material.

Essential Biology: An Applied Approach:

  • shows the reader how to think like a scientist – provocative examples guide the reader to consider facts more critically. 
  • seeks a new way of approaching biology by incorporating stories, social themes, and integrating non-science areas to augment student interest. 
  • presents an applied approach to how each field of biology is developed and fits within larger areas of study. 
  • contains unique characteristics including Mnemonics and Learning Strategies, biology case studies, “Check In” sections, special textboxes, and more! 
  • can be used in traditional, online-only, and hybrid courses. 
  • includes extensive instructor resources: PowerPoint slides, test bank, discussion questions, and more!  

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CHAPTER 1 Welcome to Biology!

UNIT 1 That’s Life
CHAPTER 2 Chemistry Comes Alive
CHAPTER 3 The Cell As a City
CHAPTER 4 Energy Drives Life

UNIT 2 Is it all in the Genes?
CHAPTER 5 Molecular Genetics
CHAPTER 6 Inheriting Genes

UNIT 3 We Are Not Alone!
CHAPTER 7 Evolution Gives our Biodiversity
CHAPTER 8 Before Plants and Animals: Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, and Fungi
CHAPTER 9 Getting to Land: The Incredible Plants
CHAPTER 10 Moving on Land and in the Sea: Animal Diversity

UNIT 4 Physiology: The Dynamic Human Body
CHAPTER 11 Human Organization
CHAPTER 12 Nutrition and Digestion
CHAPTER 13 The Heart-Lung Machine: Circulation and Respiration
CHAPTER 14 Regulation: Nervous, Musculoskeletal, and Endocrine Systems
CHAPTER 15 A War against the Enemy – Skin’s Defenses and the Immune Attack
CHAPTER 16 Urogenital Functions in Maintaining Continuity

UNIT 5 A Small Hole Sinks a Big Ship – Our Fragile Ecosystem
CHAPTER 17 Population Dynamics and Communities that Form
CHAPTER 18 Ecosystems and Biomes
CHAPTER 19 Biosphere: Life Links to the Earth

UNIT 6 Biology and Society
CHAPTER 20 The Evolution of Social Behavior: Sociobiology

Peter Daempfle

Peter Daempfle was raised in Queens, NY in the 1970s and was a child of immigrants. He started early in life asking a key science question: "Why are things the way they are?" From the media's role in selling junk science to big tobacco's misuse of math to get people hooked on smoking, Dr. Daempfle explores good and bad science in his books.

He is a nature lover and enjoys the outdoors - hiking, swimming and writing in the forest - the roots of his love for science. His singular goal is to help others see the excitement in studying the world around. His books help readers to evaluate science reports and empower them to be better consumers of science - he seeks to help them to think like a scientist.

As a child in the city, one of the few natural settings of the buildings was his eight-foot backyard. Here he learned about nature -- he remembers thinking about the ants in the yard working hard to serve their colony. They seemed selfless and he wished for a world with their cooperation. His books show us why those ants are not so good as they appear and why science compels us to question. A theme of his books is to bring forth our scientific skepticism so the media and big business do not fool us.  This text gives the foundation in biology to help students become their own advocates, from food and wellness to medical care.

He moved to the Catskills as a teen and obtained an education in science and biology to the doctoral level. His goal has been to improve science literacy, contributing to the betterment of science education.  Dr. Daempfle has taught in the sciences for over 20 years and is also the author of several books including, Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience and Just Plain Bunk: How to Tell the Difference and Science and Society. He is a science advisor in the standards-based reform effort, and has also authored several refereed journal articles, various science reviews, a laboratory manual, Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology: A Guide to the Human Body, and lectures to scientific and general audiences.

Dr. Daempfle has held faculty positions at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Western New England University and is currently an associate professor of biology in the State University of New York, College of Technology at Delhi. He earned his Ph.D. in Science Education and his M.S. in Biology at the University at Albany, State University of New York; M.S. in Education from the College of Saint Rose; and B.A. in Biology from Hartwick College. He was class valedictorian of both Forest Hills High School, Queens, NY in 1988 and Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY in 1992 and graduated summa cum laude with departmental distinction in biology and German.

From 2001-2009 he was a science advisor to the Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) through Measured Progress, Inc.  He focused on science content applications to psychometrics and test design in relation to standards development.  He is known in the science literature for publications focusing on the development of scientific reasoning, retention of students in science, studying the tenuous transition between secondary and post-secondary science programs, and human biology and microbiological applications.  This new text contributes to the effort begun by the standards-based reform movement and the Common Core curriculum to improve national science literacy and advance the importance of scientific thinking.

Dr. Daempfle is dedicated to his family, his wife Amy, his children, Justina and Konrad, and his father, Tobias.  They share an interest in exercise and fitness, as well as philosophy and natural studies.  He is also a fan of old movies (Turner Classic Movies) and is an avid history buff.

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Essential Biology is designed to interest students with references and stories to real-life situations. It is easy to read and engaging.”

-Richard Gardner, Southern Virginia University

Related ISBN's: 9781792455926, 9781792458965




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