Scott Freeman received his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington and was subsequently awarded an Albert Sloan Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Evolution at Princeton University. His research publications explore a range of topics, including the behavioral ecology of nest parasitism and the molecular systematics of the blackbird family. Scott teaches the majors' general biology course as a Lecturer at the University of Washington. He assisted in the groundbreaking and influential redesign of the course, which emphasizes an inquiry-based appraoch and the logic of experimental design. With Jon Herron, Scott is co-author of the standard-setting Evolutionary Analysis, which over 50,000 students have used to explore evolution with the same spirit of inquiry. He is currently conducting research on how active learning and peer teaching techniques affect student learning.
Illustrator, Kim Quillin, combines expertise in biology and information design to create lucid and scientifically accurate visual
representations of biological principles. She received her B.A. in Biology at Oberlin College and her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology
(as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow) from the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught undergraduate biology at both schools.
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Table of Contents
1 Biology and the Tree of Life
The Molecules of Life
2 Water and Carbon: The Chemical Basis of Life
3 Protein Structure and Function
4 Nucleic Acids and the RNA World
5 An Introduction to Carbohydrates
6 Lipids, Membranes, and the First Cells
Cell Structure and Function
7 Inside the Cell
8 Cell-Cell Interactions
9 Cellular Respiration and Fermentation
11 The Cell Cycle
Gene Structure and Expression
13 Mendel and the Gene
14 DNA and the Gene: Synthesis and Repair
15 How Genes Work
16 Transcription and Translation
17 Control of Gene Expression in Bacteria
18 Control of Gene Expression in Eukaryotes
19 Analyzing and Engineering Genes
21 Principles of Development
22 An Introduction to Animal Development
23 An Introduction to Plant Development
Evolutionary Processes and Patterns
24 Evolution by Natural Selection
25 Evolutionary Processes
27 Phylogenies and the History of Life
The Diversification of Life
28 Bacteria and Archaea
30 Green Plants
32 An Introduction to Animals
33 Protostome Animals
34 Deuterostome Animals
How Plants Work
36 Plant Form and Function
37 Water and Sugar Transport in Plants
38 Plant Nutrition
39 Plant Sensory Systems, Signals, and Responses
40 Plant Reproduction
How Animals Work
41 Animal Form and Function
42 Water and Electrolyte Balance in Animals
43 Animal Nutrition
44 Gas Exchange and Circulation
45 Electrical Signals in Animals
46 Animal Sensory Systems and Movement
47 Chemical Signals in Animals
48 Animal Reproduction
49 The Immune System in Animals
50 An Introduction to Ecology
52 Population Ecology
53 Community Ecology
55 Biodiversity and Conservation
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