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Titles in the call number range QH - QR (Biology) that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 60 days.


  • The Nature of Spectacle : On Images, Money, and Conserving Capitalism / Jim Igoe
    QH 75 I355 2017eb

  • Rebel Genius : Warren S. McCulloch's Transdisciplinary Life in Science / Tara H. Abraham
    QP 353.4 M33 A27 2016eb

    The life and work of a scientist who spent his career crossing disciplinary boundaries--from experimental neurology to psychiatry to cybernetics to engineering.

    Warren S. McCulloch (1898-1969) adopted many identities in his scientific life--among them philosopher, poet, neurologist, neurophysiologist, neuropsychiatrist, collaborator, theorist, cybernetician, mentor, engineer. He was, writes Tara Abraham in this account of McCulloch's life and work, "an intellectual showman," and performed this part throughout his career. While McCulloch claimed a common thread in his work was the problem of mind and its relationship to the brain, there was much more to him than that. In Rebel Genius , Abraham uses McCulloch's life as a window on a past scientific age, showing the complex transformations that took place in American brain and mind science in the twentieth century--particularly those surrounding the cybernetics movement.

    Abraham describes McCulloch's early work in neuropsychiatry, and his emerging identity as a neurophysiologist. She explores his transformative years at the Illinois Neuropsychiatric Institute and his work with Walter Pitts--often seen as the first iteration of "artificial intelligence" but here described as stemming from the new tradition of mathematical treatments of biological problems. Abraham argues that McCulloch's dual identities as neuropsychiatrist and cybernetician are inseparable. He used the authority he gained in traditional disciplinary roles as a basis for posing big questions about the brain and mind as a cybernetician. When McCulloch moved to the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, new practices for studying the brain, grounded in mathematics, philosophy, and theoretical modeling, expanded the relevance and ramifications of his work. McCulloch's transdisciplinary legacies anticipated today's multidisciplinary field of cognitive science.


  • Vivarium : Experimental, Quantitative, and Theoretical Biology at Vienna's Biologische Versuchsanstalt / edited by Gerd B. Müller
    QH 68 V55 2017eb

    The scientific achievements and forgotten legacy of a major Austrian research institute, from its founding in 1902 to its wartime destruction in 1945.

    The Biologische Versuchsanstalt was founded in Vienna in 1902 with the explicit goal to foster the quantification, mathematization, and theory formation of the biological sciences. Three biologists from affluent Viennese Jewish families--Hans Przibram, Wilhelm Figdor, and Leopold von Portheim-founded, financed, and nurtured the institute, overseeing its development into one of the most advanced biological research institutes of the time. And yet today its accomplishments are nearly forgotten. In 1938, the founders and other members were denied access to the institute by the Nazis and were forced into exile or deported to concentration camps. The building itself was destroyed by fire in April 1945. This book rescues the legacy of the "Vivarium" (as the Institute was often called), describing both its scientific achievements and its place in history.

    The book covers the Viennese sociocultural context at the time of the Vivarium's founding, and the scientific zeitgeist that shaped its investigations. It discusses the institute's departments and their research topics, and describes two examples that had scientific and international ramifications: the early work of Karl von Frisch, who in 1973 won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; and the connection to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.

    Contributors

    Heiner Fangerau, Johannes Feichtinger, Georg Gaugusch, Manfred D. Laubichler, Cheryl A. Logan, Gerd B. Müller, Tania Munz, Kärin Nickelsen, Christian Reiß, Kate E. Sohasky, Heiko Stoff, Klaus Taschwer


  • Engineering the Environment : Phytotrons and the Quest for Climate Control in the Cold War / David P.D. Munns
    QK 715.5 M86 2017eb

  • Frederick Novy and the Development of Bacteriology in Medicine / Powel H. Kazanjian
    QR 74.8 K39 2017eb
    At the turn of the twentieth century, Frederick Novy was the leader among a new breed of full-time bacteriologists at American medical schools. Although historians have examined bacteriologic work done in American health department laboratories, there has been little examination of similar work completed within U.S. medical schools during this period.

    In Frederick Novy and the Development of Bacteriology in Medicine , medical historian, medical researcher, and clinician Powel H. Kazanjian uses Novy's archived letters, laboratory notebooks, lecture notes, and published works to examine medical research and educational activities at the University of Michigan and other key medical schools during a formative period in modern medical science.

  • Activist Biology : The National Museum, Politics, and Nation Building in Brazil / Regina Horta Duarte ; translated by Diane Grosklaus Whitty
    QH 305.2 B6 D8213 2016eb

  • Semiotics of animals in culture : zoosemiotics 2.0 / Gianfranco Marrone, Dario Mangano, editors
    QH331

  • Engineering and application of pluripotent stem cells / Ulrich Martin, Robert Zweigerdt, Ina Gruh, editors ; with contributions by P.W. Andrews [and more]
    QH588.S83

  • Probiotics and prebiotics in animal health and food safety Diana Di Gioia, Bruno Biavati, editors
    QR171.G29

  • Advances in soil microbiology : recent trends and future prospects. Tapan Kumar Adhya, Banwari Lal, Balaram Mohapatra, Dhiraj Paul, Subhasis Das, editors
    QR111

  • Quantitative models for microscopic to macroscopic biological macromolecules and tissues / Luis Olivares-Quiroz, Osbaldo Resendis-Antonio, editors
    QP801.P64 Q36 2018eb

  • Tree Pollination Under Global Climate Change by Fernando Ramírez, Jose Kallarackal
    QK474.8

  • Zoological Collections of Germany The Animal Kingdom in its Amazing Plenty at Museums and Universities / edited by Lothar A. Beck
    QL351

  • Physiology and Genetics Selected Basic and Applied Aspects / edited by Timm Anke, Anja Schüffler
    QK600

  • Contesting Conservation Shahtoosh Trade and Forest Management in Jammu and Kashmir, India / by Saloni Gupta
    QH75

  • Human Epigenomics by Carsten Carlberg, Ferdinand Molnár
    QH431

  • The Rise of Fetal and Neonatal Physiology Basic Science to Clinical Care / by Lawrence D. Longo
    QP34

  • Handbook of nutraceuticals for clinical use / Arrigo F.G. Cicero, Alessandro Colletti
    QP144.F85

  • Obesity, Type 2 diabetes and the adipose organ : a pictorial atlas from research to clinical applications / Saverio Cinti
    QP88.15

    This richly illustrated book provides a detailed description of the gross anatomy, light microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy of the adipose organ, which comprises subcutaneous and visceral fat depots. Findings in mice of differing genetic backgrounds (obesity prone and resistant) and maintained in standard and various physiologic and pathologic conditions are presented. The latter conditions include chronic cold exposure, warm exposure, fasting, pregnancy-lactation, and obesity. Features of the fetal adipose organ are described in a separate chapter, and results from transgenic mice are also presented when relevant. The human adipose organ is addressed in several chapters that include magnetic resonance and fetal findings. Most of the results regarding the adipose organ anatomy in different physiologic conditions are new, and the story of pink adipocytes (white-to-pink transdifferentiation) is quite innovative. The concept of using browning of the adipose organ as a therapeutic tool for obesity must take into consideration the anatomic and morphologic aspects described here, and the study of pink adipocytes could lead to a better comprehension of breast cancer tumor biology. This book will be of interest to all scientists who deal with obesity and related disorders.


  • Termites and sustainable management. Md. Aslam Khan, Wasim Ahmad, editors
    QL529

  • Biomechanics of training and testing : innovative concepts and simple field methods / Jean-Benoit Morin, Pierre Samozino, editors
    QP303
    This book presents an account of innovative methods and, for most of them, gives direct and practical insights into how practitioners can benefit from their use in their everyday practice. It also explains how to interpret the data measured, and the underlying neuromechanical and biomechanical factors related to sports performance. Written and edited by the same researchers who proposed and validated these methods, this book not only presents innovative methods for an efficient training and testing process (most of which are based on very simple technology and data processing methods), but also discusses the associated background information. Although it is a young scientific discipline, sport biomechanics has taken on an important role in routine sports training, medicine and rehabilitation. It allows both a better understanding of human locomotion and performance and better design of training and injury prevention. In those processes, the testing of athletes is crucial, and the quality and quantity of the variables analysed directly influences the efficiency of physicians', coaches', physiotherapists' and other practitioners' interventions.

  • Spatial patterns and mechanisms for terrestrial ecosystem carbon fluxes in the Northern Hemisphere / Zhi Chen
    QH344

  • Microorganisms in foods 7 : microbiological testing in food safety management
    QR115

  • Soft computing for biological systems / Hemant J. Purohit, Vipin Chandra Kalia, Ravi Prabhakar More, editors
    QH324.2

  • Biodiversity conservation using umbrella species : Blakiston's fish owl and the red-crowned crane / Futoshi Nakamura, editor
    QL696.S83

  • Membrane protein complexes : structure and function / J. Robin Harris, Egbert J. Boekema, editors
    QP552.M44

  • Abiotic stress-mediated sensing and signaling in plants : an omics perspective / Sajad Majeed Zargar, Mohammad Yousuf Zargar, editors
    QK725

  • Protein-protein and domain-domain interactions / Pandjassarame Kangueane, Christina Nilofer
    QP551.5

  • Understanding invasive species in the Galapagos Islands : from the molecular to the landscape / María de Lourdes Torres, Carlos F. Mena, editors
    QH353

  • The ixodid ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) of Southern Africa / Ivan G. Horak [and six others]
    QL458.2.I9

  • Regulation of signal transduction in human cell research / Nariyoshi Shinomiya, Hiroaki Kataoka, Qian Xie, editors
    QP517.C45

  • 5-HT2A receptors in the central nervous system / Bruno P. Guiard, Giuseppe Di Giovanni, editors
    QP801.S4

  • Zic family : evolution, development and disease / Jun Aruga, editor
    QH453

  • Umbilicus and umbilical cord / Mohamed Fahmy
    QM543

  • Ecological networks in the Tropics : an integrative overview of species interactions from some of the most species-rich habitats on Earth / Wesley Dáttilo, Victor Rico-Gray, editors
    QH77.T78

  • Human microbes -- the power within : health, healing and beyond / Vasu D. Appanna
    QR41.2

  • Nuclear pore complexes in genome organization, function and maintenance / Maximiliano D'Angelo, editor
    QH430

  • Choosing sexes : mechanisms and adaptive patterns of sex allocation in vertebrates / Kristen J. Navara
    QH481

  • Indian hotspots : vertebrate faunal diversity, conservation and management. Chandrakasan Sivaperuman, Krishnamoorthy Venkataraman, editors
    QH183

  • Cyanidioschyzon merolae A New Model Eukaryote for Cell and Organelle Biology / edited by Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa, Shinya Miyagishima, Sachihiro Matsunaga, Naoki Sato, Hisayoshi Nozaki, Kan Tanaka, Osami Misumi
    QR 1 C936 2017eb

  • Evolution of the Human Genome I The Genome and Genes / edited by Naruya Saitou
    QH 359 E965 2017eb

  • Plant respiration : metabolic fluxes and carbon balance / edited by Guillaume Tcherkez and Jaleh Ghashghaie
    QK 891 P536 2017eb

  • Crumbling genome : the impact of deletrious mutations on humans / Alexey S. Kondrashov
    QH 390 K66 2017eb

    A thought-provoking exploration of deleterious mutations in the human genome and their effects on human health and wellbeing

    Despite all of the elaborate mechanisms that a cell employs to handle its DNA with the utmost care, a newborn human carries about 100 new mutations, originated in their parents, about 10 of which are deleterious. A mutation replacing just one of the more than three billion nucleotides in the human genome may lead to synthesis of a dysfunctional protein, and this can be inconsistent with life or cause a tragic disease. Several percent of even young people suffer from diseases that are caused, exclusively or primarily, by pre�]existing and new mutations in their genomes, including both a wide variety of genetically simple Mendelian diseases and diverse complex diseases such as birth anomalies, diabetes, and schizophrenia. Milder, but still substantial, negative effects of mutations are even more pervasive. As of now, we possess no means of reducing the rate at which mutations appear spontaneously. However, the recent flood of genomic data made possible by next-generation methods of DNA sequencing, enabled scientists to explore the impacts of deleterious mutations on humans with previously unattainable precision and begin to develop approaches to managing them.

    Written by a leading researcher in the field of evolutionary genetics, Crumbling Genome reviews the current state of knowledge about deleterious mutations and their effects on humans for those in the biological sciences and medicine, as well as for readers with only a general scientific literacy and an interest in human genetics.

    Provides an extensive introduction to the fundamentals of evolutionary genetics with an emphasis on mutation and selection Discusses the effects of pre-existing and new mutations on human genotypes and phenotypes Provides a comprehensive review of the current state of knowledge in the field and considers crucial unsolved problems Explores key ethical, scientific, and social issues likely to become relevant in the near future as the modification of human germline genotypes becomes technically feasible

    Crumbling Genome is must-reading for students and professionals in human genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, and biological anthropology. It is certain to have great appeal among all those with an interest in the links between genetics and evolution and how they are likely to influence the future of human health, medicine, and society.


  • Electrophoresis in practice : a guide to methods and applications of DNA and protein separations / Reiner Westermeier
    QP 519.9 E434W47712 2016eb
    This fifth edition of the successful, long-selling classic has been completely revised and expanded, omitting some topics on obsolete DNA electrophoresis, but now with a completely new section on electrophoretic micro-methods and on-the-chip electrophoresis.
    The text is geared towards advanced students and professionals and contains extended background sections, protocols and a trouble-shooting section. It is now also backed by a supplementary website providing all the figures for teaching purposes, as well as a selection of animated figures tested in many workshops to explain the underlying principles of the different electrophoretic methods.

  • Cane toad wars / Rick Shine
    QL 668 E227 S55 2018
    In 1935, an Australian government agency imported 101 specimens of the Central and South American Cane Toad in an attempt to manage insects that were decimating sugar-cane harvests. In Australia the Cane Toad adapted and evolved with abandon, voraciously consuming native wildlife and killing predators with its lethal skin toxin. Today, hundreds of millions of Cane Toads have spread across the northern part of Australia and continue to move westward. The humble Cane Toad has become a national villain.

    Cane Toad Wars chronicles the work of intrepid scientist Rick Shine, who has been documenting the toad's ecological impact in Australia and seeking to buffer it. Despite predictions of devastation in the wake of advancing toad hordes, the author's research reveals a more complex and nuanced story. A firsthand account of a perplexing ecological problem and an important exploration of how we measure evolutionary change and ecological resilience, this book makes an effective case for the value of long-term natural history research in informing conservation practice.

  • Botanical exploration of the trans-Mississippi west, 1790-1850 / Susan Delano McKelvey ; foreword by Joseph Ewan ; introduction by Stephen Dow Beckham
    QK 5 M3 1991
    A classic scholarly work, written with charm and humanity. The accounts of the travels and collections of botanical explorers range from the well known -- Lewis and Clark, Menzies, Douglas -- to the obscure.

  • Where the animals go : tracking wildlife with technology in 50 maps and graphics / James Cheshire, Oliver Uberti
    QL 60 C44 2017
    For thousands of years, tracking animals meant following footprints. Now satellites, drones, camera traps, cellphone networks, and accelerometers reveal the natural world as never before. Where the Animals Go is the first book to offer a comprehensive, data-driven portrait of how creatures like ants, otters, owls, turtles, and sharks navigate the world. Based on pioneering research by scientists at the forefront of the animal-tracking revolution, James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti's stunning, four-color charts and maps tell fascinating stories of animal behavior. These astonishing infographics explain how warblers detect incoming storms using sonic vibrations, how baboons make decisions, and why storks prefer garbage dumps to wild forage; they follow pythons racing through the Everglades, a lovelorn wolf traversing the Alps, and humpback whales visiting undersea mountains. Where the Animals Go is a triumph of technology, data science, and design, bringing broad perspective and intimate detail to our understanding of the animal kingdom.

  • The theory that changed everything : "On the Origin of Species" as a work in progress / Philip Lieberman
    QH 365 O8 L54 2018
    Few people have done as much to change how we view the world as Charles Darwin. Yet On the Origin of Species is more cited than read, and parts of it are even considered outdated. In some ways, it has been consigned to the nineteenth century. In The Theory That Changed Everything , the renowned cognitive scientist Philip Lieberman demonstrates that there is no better guide to the world's living--and still evolving--things than Darwin and that the phenomena he observed are still being explored at the frontiers of science.

    In an exploration that ranges from Darwin's transformative trip aboard the Beagle to Lieberman's own sojourns in the remotest regions of the Himalayas, this book relates fresh, contemporary findings to the major concepts of Darwinian theory, which transcends natural selection. Drawing on his own research into the evolution of human linguistic and cognitive abilities, Lieberman explains the paths that adapted human anatomy to language. He demystifies the role of recently identified transcriptional and epigenetic factors encoded in DNA, explaining how nineteenth-century Swedish famines alternating with years of plenty caused survivors' grandchildren to die many years short of their life expectancy. Lieberman is equally at home decoding supermarket shelves and climbing with the Sherpas as he discusses how natural selection explains features from lactose tolerance to ease of breathing at Himalayan altitudes. With conversational clarity and memorable examples, Lieberman relates the insights that led to groundbreaking discoveries in both Darwin's time and our own while asking provocative questions about what Darwin would have made of controversial issues today, such as GMOs, endangered species, and the God question.

  • Pioneers in microbiology : the human side of science / King-Thom Chung, Jong-Kang Liu
    QR 41.2 C48 2018

    Pasteurization, penicillin, Koch's postulates, and gene coding. These discoveries and inventions are vital yet commonplace in modern life, but were radical when first introduced to the public and academia. In this book, the life and times of leading pioneers in microbiology are discussed in vivid detail, focusing on the background of each discovery and the process in which they were developed -- sometimes by accident or sheer providence.


  • Life at the edge of sight : a photographic exploration of the microbial world / Scott Chimileski, Roberto Kolter
    QR 54 C45 2017

    Microbes create medicines, filter waste water, and clean pollution. They give cheese funky flavors, wines complex aromas, and bread a nutty crumb. Life at the Edge of Sight is a stunning visual exploration of the inhabitants of an invisible world, from the pioneering findings of a seventeenth-century visionary to magnificent close-ups of the inner workings and cooperative communities of Earth's most prolific organisms.

    Using cutting-edge imaging technologies, Scott Chimileski and Roberto Kolter lead readers through breakthroughs and unresolved questions scientists hope microbes will answer soon. They explain how microbial studies have clarified the origins of life on Earth, guided thinking about possible life on other planets, unlocked evolutionary mechanisms, and helped explain the functioning of complex ecosystems. Microbes have been harnessed to increase crop yields and promote human health.

    But equally impressive, Life at the Edge of Sight opens a beautiful new frontier for readers to explore through words and images. We learn that there is more microbial biodiversity on a single frond of duckweed floating in a Delft canal than the diversity of plants and animals that biologists find in tropical rainforests. Colonies with millions of microbes can produce an array of pigments that put an artist's palette to shame. The microbial world is ancient and ever-changing, buried in fossils and driven by cellular reactions operating in quadrillionths of a second. All other organisms have evolved within this universe of microbes, yielding intricate beneficial symbioses. With two experts as guides, the invisible microbial world awaits in plain sight.


  • The cell : discovering the microscopic world that determines our health, our consciousness, and our future / Joshua Z. Rappoport, PhD
    QH 441.5 R37 2017
    Your body has trillions of cells, and each one has the complexity and dynamism of a city. Your life, your thoughts, your diseases, and your health are all the function of cells.

    But what do you really know about what goes on inside you?

    The last time most people thought about cells in any detail was probably in high school or a college general biology class. But the field of cell biology has advanced incredibly rapidly in recent decades, and a great deal of what we may have learned in high school and college is no longer accurate or particularly relevant.

    The Cell: Inside the Microscopic World that Determines Our Health, Our Consciousness, and Our Future is a fascinating story of the incredible complexity and dynamism inside the cell and of the fantastic advancements in our understanding of this microscopic world.

    Dr. Joshua Z. Rappoport is at the forefront of this field, and he will take you on a journey to discover:

    A deeper understanding of how cells work and the basic nature of life on earth.
    Fascinating histories of some of the key discoveries from the seventeenth century to the last decade and provocative thoughts on the current state of academic research.
    The knowledge required to better understand the new developments that are announced almost weekly in science and health care, such as cancer, cellular therapies, and the potential promise of stem cells.
    The ability to make better decisions about health and to debunk the misinformation that comes in daily via media.

    Using the latest scientific research, The Cell illustrates the diversity of cell biology and what it all means for your everyday life.

  • Biology and feminism : a philosophical introduction / Lynn Hankinson Nelson
    QH 331 N46 2017
    This book provides a unique introduction to the study of relationships between gender and biology, a core part of the feminist science research tradition which emerged nearly half a century ago. Lynn Hankinson Nelson presents an accessible and balanced discussion of research questions, background assumptions, methods, and hypotheses about biology and gender with which feminist scientists and science scholars critically and constructively engage. Writing from the perspective of contemporary philosophy of science, she examines the evidence for and ethical implications of biological hypotheses about gender, and discusses relevant philosophical issues including understandings of scientific objectivity, the nature of scientific reasoning, and relationships between biological research and the scientific and social contexts in which it is pursued. Clear and comprehensive, this volume addresses the engagements of feminist scientists and science scholars with a range of disciplines, including developmental and evolutionary biology, medicine, neurobiology, and primatology.

  • Plant ecology : origins, processes, consequences / Paul A. Keddy
    QK 901 K34 2017
    Presenting a global and interdisciplinary approach to plant ecology, this much-awaited new edition of the book Plants and Vegetation integrates classical themes with the latest ideas, models, and data. Keddy draws on extensive teaching experience to bring the field to life, guiding students through essential concepts with numerous real-world examples and full-colour illustrations throughout. The chapters begin by presenting the wider picture of the origin of plants and their impact on the Earth, before exploring the search for global patterns in plants and vegetation. Chapters on resources, stress, competition, herbivory, and mutualism explore causation, and a concluding chapter on conservation addresses the concern that one-third of all plant species are at risk of extinction. The scope of this edition is broadened further by a new chapter on population ecology, along with extensive examples including South African deserts, the Guyana Highlands of South America, Himalayan forests and arctic alpine environments.

  • Microbial symbioses / Sébastien Duperron
    QH 548 D874 2017

    Plants and animals have evolved ever since their appearance in a largely microbial world. Their own cells are less numerous than the microorganisms that they host and with whom they interact closely. The study of these interactions, termed microbial symbioses, has benefited from the development of new conceptual and technical tools. We are gaining an increasing understanding of the functioning, evolution and central importance of symbiosis in the biosphere. Since the origin of eukaryotic cells, microscopic organisms of our planet have integrated our very existence into their ways of life. The interaction between host and symbiont brings into question the notion of the individual and the traditional representation of the evolution of species, and the manipulation of symbioses facilitates fascinating new perspectives in biotechnology and health. Recent discoveries show that association is one of the main properties of organisms, making a more integrated view of biology necessary. Microbial Symbioses provides a deliberately "symbiocentric? outlook, to exhibit how the exploration of microbial symbioses enriches our understanding of life, and the potential future for this discipline.


  • It's in your DNA : from discovery to structure, function, and role in evolution, cancer, and aging / Eugene Rosenberg
    QP 624.5 D72 R67 2017

    It's in Your DNA: From Discovery to Structure, Function and Role in Evolution, Cancer and Aging describes, in a clear, approachable manner, the progression of the experiments that eventually led to our current understanding of DNA. This fascinating work tells the whole story from the discovery of DNA and its structure, how it replicates, codes for proteins, and our current ability to analyze and manipulate it in genetic engineering to begin to understand the central role of DNA in evolution, cancer, and aging.

    While telling the scientific story of DNA, this captivating treatise is further enhanced by brief sketches of the colorful lives and personalities of the key scientists and pioneers of DNA research. Major discoveries by Meischer, Darwin, and Mendel and their impacts are discussed, including the merging of the disciplines of genetics, evolutionary biology, and nucleic acid biochemistry, giving rise to molecular genetics.

    After tracing development of the gene concept, critical experiments are described and a new biological paradigm, the hologenome concept of evolution, is introduced and described. The final two chapters of the work focus on DNA as it relates to cancer and gerontology.

    This book provides readers with much-needed knowledge to help advance their understanding of the subject and stimulate further research. It will appeal to researchers, students, and others with diverse backgrounds within or beyond the life sciences, including those in biochemistry, genetics/molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, epidemiology, oncology, gerontology, cell biology, microbiology, and anyone interested in these mechanisms in life.


  • Introduction to genomics / Arthur Lesk, The Pennsylvania State University
    QH 447 L47 2017
    Our genome is the blueprint for our existence: it encodes all the information we need to develop from a single cell into a hugely complicated functional organism. Yet it is more than a static information store: our genome is a dynamic, tightly-regulated collection of genes, which switch on andoff in many combinations to give the variety of cells from which our bodies are formed. But how do we identify the genes that make up our genome? How do we determine their function? And how do different genes form the regulatory networks that direct the processes of life? Introduction to Genomics is the most up-to-date and complete textbook for students approaching the subject for the first time. Lesk's engaging writing style brings a narrative to a disparate field of study and offers a fascinating insight into what can be revealed from the study of genomes. The bookcovers: the similarities and differences between organisms; how different organisms evolved; how the genome is constructed and how it operates; and what our understanding of genomics means in terms of our future health and wellbeing. The Online Resource Centre accompanying Introduction to Genomics features: For students: * Extensive and imaginative weblems (web-based problems) for each chapter designed to give you practice with the tools required for further study and research in the field* Hints and answers to end-of-chapter problems and exercises support your self-directed learning* Guided tour of websites and major archival databanks in genomics offer a wealth of resources to springboard your own research * Journal club: links to related research articles on topics covered in the book are paired with engaging questions to improve your interpretation of the primary literature* Rotating figures allow you to visualize complex structuresFor registered adopters: * Downloadable figures from the book.

  • Insects : their natural history and diversity : with a photographic guide to insects of eastern North America / Stephen A. Marshall
    QL 473 M33 2017

    Reviews of the first edition of Insects :
    [starred review] "This book is simply bigger, prettier, and more comprehensive than any previous publication on insects."
    --Library Journal

    "An incredibly important, masterfully written and profusely illustrated work that belongs in the library of every field biologist, educator, student and naturalist . . . a book that is destined to become a natural history classic".
    --Arthur V Evans, Research Collaborator, Dept. of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution

    Called "a milestone in insect photography" and "simply bigger, prettier and more comprehensive than any previous publication on insects," Professor Stephen Marshall's Insects is now in a new edition, with more than 500 changes to reflect the latest scientific findings since it was first published in 2006.

    It is a comprehensive reference on insects featuring an easy identification guide using 28 picture keys, 4000 color photographs taken in the field (not pinned specimens), expert advice on observing insects, and more.

    Insects enables readers and starting entomologists to identify most insects quickly and accurately. More than 50 pages of picture keys lead to appropriate chapters and specific photos, to confirm identification. The keys are surprisingly comprehensive and easy for non-specialists to use.

    Features include:

    detailed chapters covering insect orders and insect families a brief examination of common families of related terrestrial arthropods 4000+ color photographs showing typical behaviors and key characteristics three indexes--common family names, photographs, general index expert guidance on observing, collecting and photographing insects new remarks on declining habitat and threats to biodiversity.

    This book has been widely and thoroughly praised. It is now ready for a new generation of new, and lifetime students of entomology.


  • The fungal kingdom / edited by Joseph Heitman, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina ; Barbara J. Howlett, School of Biosciences, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, NSW, Australia ; Pedro W. Crous, CBS-KNAW Fungal Diversity Centre, Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands ; Eva H. Stukenbrock, Environmental Genomics, Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany, and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany ; Timothy Y. James, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan ; Neil A. R. Gow, School of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Fosterhill, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    QK 603 F97 2018

    Fungi research and knowledge grew rapidly following recent advances in genetics and genomics. This book synthesizes new knowledge with existing information to stimulate new scientific questions and propel fungal scientists on to the next stages of research. This book is a comprehensive guide on fungi, environmental sensing, genetics, genomics, interactions with microbes, plants, insects, and humans, technological applications, and natural product development.


  • First in fly : Drosophila research and biological discovery / Stephanie Elizabeth Mohr
    QL 537 D76 M65 2018

    A single species of fly, Drosophila melanogaster , has been the subject of scientific research for more than one hundred years. Why does this tiny insect merit such intense scrutiny?

    Drosophila 's importance as a research organism began with its short life cycle, ability to reproduce in large numbers, and easy-to-see mutant phenotypes. Over time, laboratory investigation revealed surprising similarities between flies and other animals at the level of genes, gene networks, cell interactions, physiology, immunity, and behavior. Like humans, flies learn and remember, fight microbial infection, and slow down as they age. Scientists use Drosophila to investigate complex biological activities in a simple but intact living system. Fly research provides answers to some of the most challenging questions in biology and biomedicine, including how cells transmit signals and form ordered structures, how we can interpret the wealth of human genome data now available, and how we can develop effective treatments for cancer, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases.

    Written by a leader in the Drosophila research community, First in Fly celebrates key insights uncovered by investigators using this model organism. Stephanie Elizabeth Mohr draws on these "first in fly" findings to introduce fundamental biological concepts gained over the last century and explore how research in the common fruit fly has expanded our understanding of human health and disease.


  • Evolution since coding : cradles, halos, barrels, and wings / Zachary F. Burton
    QH 366.2 B877 2018

    Evolution since Coding: Cradles, Halos, Barrels, and Wings describes genesis of metabolism, transcription, translation, cell structure, eukaryotic complexity, LUCA (the last universal common (cellular) ancestor), the great divergence of archaea and bacteria, LECA (the last eukaryotic common ancestor), extinction, and cancer in very simple ways. The work (almost) "synthesizes life from scratch" (since coding) and describes the tools for readers to check the author's work. As a result, readers understand living systems and their evolution in a conceptual way and are empowered to utilize powerful but accessible tools in computer-based biology.

    The work serves as foundational reading for a variety of researchers, academics, and students in life sciences, for example in evolution/evolutionary biology, biochemistry, genetics/molecular genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, and microbiology, as well as disciplines beyond biological science. Its approachable style makes the book accessible for introductory students and educated laypersons. Evolution since Coding is suitable to supplement college courses that mix computers, evolution, and biology from freshman to senior level.


  • Drug resistance / Sarah E. Boslaugh
    QR 177 B67 2017

    Written in clear, nontechnical language, this investigation of drug resistance provides readers with an overview of the scientific issues, the current scope of the problem nationally and globally, and the measures that can be taken to combat this public health crisis.

    * Provides an accessibly written introduction to the science of drug resistance that addresses both the biology of how microbes become resistant and the social practices that can foster drug resistance

    * Summarizes information about the scope of drug resistance both in the United States and worldwide, allowing readers to understand this issue both as a national concern and in the global context

    * Suggests a number of measures that can be taken to combat drug resistance, from changes in individual behaviors to larger policy changes

    * Discusses complex ethical issues such as the need to weigh individual freedoms against societal rights in a balanced manner


  • The biology of lakes and ponds / Christer Brönmark, Aquatic Ecology Unit, Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden, Lars-Anders Hansson, Aquatic Ecology Unit, Department of Biology, Lund University
    QH 96 B724 2018
    A concise but comprehensive introduction to the biology of standing waters (lakes and ponds). As with other books in the Biology of Habitats Series, the emphasis in this book is on the organisms that dominate freshwater environments. Management and conservation aspects are also considered. Thefirst edition of the book published in 1998 with a second, revised edition in 2005. There has been significant development in the field since the last revision appeared, particularly in the ecology of lakes and ponds in subtropical and tropical areas, and a new revision of this now classic text istimely.

  • The biology of exercise : a subject collection from Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in medicine / edited by Juleen R. Zierath, Karolinska Institutet, Michael J. Joyner, Mayo Clinic, John A. Hawley, Australian Catholic University
    QP 303 B53 2017
    Exercise training provokes widespread transformations in the human body, requiring coordinated changes in muscle composition, blood flow, neuronal and hormonal signaling, and metabolism. These changes enhance physical performance, improve mental health, and delay the onset of aging and disease. Understanding the molecular basis of these changes is therefore important for optimizing athletic ability and for developing drugs that elicit therapeutic effects.

    Written and edited by experts in the field, this collection from Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine examines the biological basis of exercise from the molecular to the systemic levels. Contributors discuss how transcriptional regulation, cytokine and hormonal signaling, glucose metabolism, epigenetic modifications, microRNA profiles, and mitochondrial and ribosomal functions are altered in response to exercise training, leading to improved skeletal muscle, hippocampal, and cardiovascular function. Cross talk among the pathways underlying tissue-specific and systemic responses to exercise is also considered.

    The authors also discuss how the understanding of such molecular mechanisms may lead to the development of drugs that mitigate aging and disease. This volume will therefore serve as a vital reference for all involved in the fields of sports science and medicine, as well as anyone seeking to understand the molecular mechanisms by which exercise promotes whole-body health.

  • Basic applied bioinformatics / Chandra Sekhar Mukhopadhyay, Ratan Kumar Choudhary, Mir Asif Iquebal ; with contributions from Ravi GVPPS Kumar [and 8 others]
    QH 324.2 M85 2018

    An accessible guide that introduces students in all areas of life sciences to bioinformatics

    Basic Applied Bioinformatics provides a practical guidance in bioinformatics and helps students to optimize parameters for data analysis and then to draw accurate conclusions from the results. In addition to parameter optimization, the text will also familiarize students with relevant terminology. Basic Applied Bioinformatics is written as an accessible guide for graduate students studying bioinformatics, biotechnology, and other related sub-disciplines of the life sciences.

    This accessible text outlines the basics of bioinformatics, including pertinent information such as downloading molecular sequences (nucleotide and protein) from databases; BLAST analyses; primer designing and its quality checking, multiple sequence alignment (global and local using freely available software); phylogenetic tree construction (using UPGMA, NJ, MP, ME, FM algorithm and MEGA7 suite), prediction of protein structures and genome annotation, RNASeq data analyses and identification of differentially expressed genes and similar advanced bioinformatics analyses. The authors Chandra Sekhar Mukhopadhyay, Ratan Kumar Choudhary, and Mir Asif Iquebal are noted experts in the field and have come together to provide an updated information on bioinformatics.

    Salient features of this book includes:

    Accessible and updated information on bioinformatics tools A practical step-by-step approach to molecular-data analyses Information pertinent to study a variety of disciplines including biotechnology, zoology, bioinformatics and other related fields Worked examples, glossary terms, problems and solutions

    Basic Applied Bioinformatics gives students studying bioinformatics, agricultural biotechnology, animal biotechnology, medical biotechnology, microbial biotechnology, and zoology an updated introduction to the growing field of bioinformatics.


  • Motor control : translating research into clinical practice / Anne Shumway-Cook, Marjorie H. Woollacott
    QP 301 S535 2017
    Motor Control, 5th Edition remains the only book available that bridges the gap between current and emerging motor control research and its application to clinical practice. Written by leading experts in the field, this now classic resource prepares readers to effectively examine and treat patients with problems related to postural control, mobility, and upper extremity function using today,,s evidence-based best practices. To make information easier to understand and follow, chapters follow a standard format: normal control process issues, age-related issues, research on abnormal function, and clinical applications of current research, including methods for examining and treating patients with motor dyscontol in each area. Featuring new pedagogy, new videos, and separate lifespan chapters on development of mobility and aging and mobility, the Fifth Edition reflects the current explosion of research in the field of motor control. NEW to this edition: - Extended Knowledge boxes present material for more advanced students and practitioners. - Additional case study videos include a child with CP, a longitudinal case study on an adult with acute stroke, and normal functioning in an 8-year-old child and 70-year-old adult. - The chapter on life span perspective of mobility has been broken into two: one on development of mobility and the other on aging and mobility.

  • Advanced exercise physiology : essential concepts and applications / Jonathan K. Ehrman, PhD, Dennis J. Kerrigan, PhD, Steven J. Keteyian, PhD, Henry Ford Health System
    QP 301 E38 2018
    This resource looks into key physiological components to help advanced students gain a deeper level of understanding of a wide range of complex topics using evidence-based information. It looks at recent and emerging topics in the field, including genomics and pharmacology.

  • The ark and beyond : the evolution of zoo and aquarium conservation / edited by Ben A. Minteer, Jane Maienschein, and James P. Collins ; with a foreword by George Rabb
    QL 76 A75 2018
    Scores of wild species and ecosystems around the world face a variety of human-caused threats, from habitat destruction and fragmentation to rapid climate change. But there is hope, and it, too, comes in a most human form: zoos and aquariums. Gathering a diverse, multi-institutional collection of leading zoo and aquarium scientists as well as historians, philosophers, biologists, and social scientists, The Ark and Beyond traces the history and underscores the present role of these organizations as essential conservation actors. It also offers a framework for their future course, reaffirming that if zoos and aquariums make biodiversity conservation a top priority, these institutions can play a vital role in tackling conservation challenges of global magnitude.

    While early menageries were anything but the centers of conservation that many zoos are today, a concern with wildlife preservation has been an integral component of the modern, professionally run zoo since the nineteenth century. From captive breeding initiatives to rewilding programs, zoos and aquariums have long been at the cutting edge of research and conservation science, sites of impressive new genetic and reproductive techniques. Today, their efforts reach even further beyond recreation, with educational programs, community-based conservation initiatives, and international, collaborative programs designed to combat species extinction and protect habitats at a range of scales. Addressing related topics as diverse as zoo animal welfare, species reintroductions, amphibian extinctions, and whether zoos can truly be "wild," this book explores the whole range of research and conservation practices that spring from zoos and aquariums while emphasizing the historical, scientific, and ethical traditions that shape these efforts. Also featuring an inspiring foreword by the late George Rabb, president emeritus of the Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo, The Ark and Beyond illuminates these institutions' growing significance to the preservation of global biodiversity in this century.

  • Forests : a very short introduction / Jaboury Ghazoul
    QH 541.5 F6 G43 2015
    Since the dawn of human civilization, forests have provided us with food, resources, and energy. The history of human development is also one of forest loss and transformation, and yet even in our increasingly urbanized societies we remain surprisingly dependent on forests for a wide range ofgoods and services. Moreover, forests still retain a remarkable hold on our environmental values. In an era of continuing tropical deforestation and temperate forest resurgence, and in the midst of uncertainties of climate and land use changes, it is more important than ever to understand whatforests are, how they contribute to our livelihoods, and how they underpin our cultural histories and futures. In this Very Short Introduction Jaboury Ghazoul explores our contrasting interactions with forests, as well as their origins, dynamics, and the range of goods and services they provide to human society. Ghazoul concludes with an examination of the recent history of deforestation, transitions toreforestation, and the future outlook for forests particularly in the context of expected climate change.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

  • Metacommunity ecology / Mathew A. Leibold and Jonathan M. Chase
    QH 541 L3743 2018

    Metacommunity ecology links smaller-scale processes that have been the provenance of population and community ecology--such as birth-death processes, species interactions, selection, and stochasticity--with larger-scale issues such as dispersal and habitat heterogeneity. Until now, the field has focused on evaluating the relative importance of distinct processes, with niche-based environmental sorting on one side and neutral-based ecological drift and dispersal limitation on the other. This book moves beyond these artificial categorizations, showing how environmental sorting, dispersal, ecological drift, and other processes influence metacommunity structure simultaneously.

    Mathew Leibold and Jonathan Chase argue that the relative importance of these processes depends on the characteristics of the organisms, the strengths and types of their interactions, the degree of habitat heterogeneity, the rates of dispersal, and the scale at which the system is observed. Using this synthetic perspective, they explore metacommunity patterns in time and space, including patterns of coexistence, distribution, and diversity. Leibold and Chase demonstrate how these processes and patterns are altered by micro- and macroevolution, traits and phylogenetic relationships, and food web interactions. They then use this scale-explicit perspective to illustrate how metacommunity processes are essential for understanding macroecological and biogeographical patterns as well as ecosystem-level processes.

    Moving seamlessly across scales and subdisciplines, Metacommunity Ecology is an invaluable reference, one that offers a more integrated approach to ecological patterns and processes.


  • Numerical ecology / Pierre Legendre and Louis Legendre
    QH 541.15 M34L44 2012eb
    The book describes and discusses the numerical methods which are successfully being used for analysing ecological data, using a clear and comprehensive approach. These methods are derived from the fields of mathematical physics, parametric and nonparametric statistics, information theory, numerical taxonomy, archaeology, psychometry, sociometry, econometry and others.

  • Méthodes de recherche en neuroéducation / sous la direction de Steve Masson et Grégoire Borst ; préface d'Olivier Houdé
    QP 408 M48 2017

  • Peterson field guide to birds of North America / Roger Tory Peterson ; with contributions from Michael DiGiorgio [and others]
    QL 681 P455 2008
    In celebration of the centennial of Roger Tory Peterson's birth comes a historic collaboration among renowned birding experts and artists to preserve and enhance the Peterson legacy. This new book combines the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds and Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds into one volume, filled with accessible, concise information and including almost three hours of video podcasts to make bird watching even easier.

    * 40 new paintings

    * Digital updates to Peterson's original paintings, reflecting the latest knowledge of bird identification

    * All new maps for the most up-to-date range information available

    * Text rewritten to cover the U.S. and Canada in one guide

    * Larger trim size accommodates range maps on every spread

    * Contributors include: Michael DiGiorgio, Jeff Gordon, Paul Lehman, Michael O'Brien, Larry Rosche, and Bill Thompson III

    * Includes URL to register for access to video podcasts
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