Campbell Biology in Focus, Global Edition

Lisa A Urry / Michael L. Cain / Steven A. Wasserman / Peter V. Minorsky / Rebecca Orr  
Total pages
April 2020
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For introductory biology course for science majors
Focus. Practice. Engage.
Built unit-by-unit, Campbell Biology in Focus achieves a balance between breadth and depth of concepts to move students away from memorisation. Streamlined content enables students to prioritise essential biology content, concepts, and scientific skills that are needed to develop conceptual understanding and an ability to apply their knowledge in future courses. Every unit takes an approach to streamlining the material to best fit the needs of instructors and students, based on reviews of over 1,000 syllabi from across the country, surveys, curriculum initiatives, reviews, discussions with hundreds of biology professors, and the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education report.
Maintaining the Campbell hallmark standards of accuracy, clarity, and pedagogical innovation, the 3rd Edition builds on this foundation to help students make connections across chapters, interpret real data, and synthesise their knowledge. The new edition integrates new, key scientific findings throughout and offers more than 450 videos and animations in Mastering Biology to help students actively learn, retain tough course concepts, and successfully engage with their studies and assessments.


  • Build visual skills to increase visual literacy and understanding
  • Figure Walkthroughs guide students through key figures with narrated explanations, figure markups, and questions that reinforce important points.
  • Visualising Figures help guide students to a deeper understanding of the ways in which figures represent biological structures, processes, and functions in one- to two-page visual spreads.
  • Visualising questions ask students to create visuals themselves and appear in every chapter.
  • Inquiry Figures highlight how researchers designed an experiment, interpreted their results, and drew conclusions.
  • Problem-Solving Exercises challenge students to apply scientific skills and interpret data in solving real-world problems. These exercises are designed to maximise student engagement through compelling case studies, provide practice with data analysis skills, and highlight the interrelationship and interdependence of topics across introductory biology.
  • Scientific Skills Exercises use real data to build key skills students need for biology, including data analysis, graphing, experimental design, and math skills and appear in every chapter of the text. Each Scientific Skills .
  • Interpret the Data questions throughout the text ask students to analyse a graph, figure, or table.
  • Make Connections Figures pull together content from different chapters and provide a visual representation of “big picture” relationships.
  • Make Connections Questions ask students to relate content in a chapter to material presented earlier in the course to help them see how the different areas of biology are connected, from molecules to organisms to ecosystems.

New to this Edition

Build visual skills to increase visual literacy and understanding

· Figure Walkthroughs guide students through key figures with narrated explanations, figure markups, and questions that reinforce important points.

Also available with Mastering Biology

· Five Ready-to-Go Teaching Modules expand the number of modules designed to make use of teaching tools before, during, and after class, including new ideas for in-class activities. The modules incorporate the best that the text, Mastering Biology, and Learning Catalytics have to offer and can be accessed through the Instructor Resources area of Mastering Biology.

· Early Alerts in Mastering Biology help instructors know when students may be struggling early in the course. This insight enables instructors to provide personalized feedback and support at the moment students need it so they can stay–and succeed–in the course.

· Figure Walkthroughs guide students through key figures with narrated explanations, figure markups, and questions that reinforce important points.

· Visualizing Figure Tutorials guide students in practicing visual skills and include coaching feedback.

· Visualizing the Data coaching activities encourage students to practice their data interpretation skills.

· Updated - GraphIt! Coaching activities help students read, interpret, and create graphs that explore real environmental issues using real data. All 10 activities explore current topics such as the carbon footprint of food, fresh water availability, and ocean acidification in an entirely new mobile experience with accessible design.

· Pearson eText is a simple-to-use, mobile-optimized, personalized reading experience available within Mastering. It allows students to easily highlight, take notes, and review key vocabulary all in one place–even when offline. Pearson eText for Campbell Biology in Focus presents over 450 carefully chosen and edited videos and animations that bring biology to life. Resources include Get Ready for This Chapter questions, New Figure Walkthroughs , and HHMI Biointeractive videos and animations.

· Galapagos Evolution Video Activities, filmed on the Galapagos Islands by Peter and Rosemary Grant, bring to life the dynamic evolutionary processes that impact Darwin’s finches on Daphne Major Island. Six videos explore important concepts and data from the Grants’ field research, with assignable activities.

· LabBench pre-lab materials provide the perfect combination of technique, content, and skill development to help your students move toward inquiry and understanding. These take students step-by-step through the concepts and techniques necessary to understand and conduct biological investigations, and ask them to make predictions, justify conclusions, evaluate data, apply mathematical techniques, and analyze the results of their investigation. Each section ends with formative assessment questions that test student comprehension and implement answer-specific feedback for each question.

o LabBench topics are: Cellular Respiration, Biotechnology–Bacterial Transformation, Biotechnology–Restriction Enzyme Analysis of DNA, Energy Dynamics, Cell Division–Mitosis and Meiosis, Transpiration Fruit Fly Behavior, Enzymes, Diffusion and Osmosis, Photosynthesis, Artificial Selection, Hardy-Weinberg Modeling, Blast and Phylogeny

Table of Contents

  • 1 Introduction: Evolution and the Foundations of Biology
  • UNIT 1 Chemistry and Cells
  • 2 The Chemical Context of Life
  • 3 Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life
  • 4 A Tour of the Cell
  • 5 Membrane Transport and Cell Signaling
  • 6 An Introduction to Metabolism
  • 7 Cellular Respiration and Fermentation
  • 8 Photosynthesis
  • 9 The Cell Cycle
  • UNIT 2 Genetics
  • 10 Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles
  • 11 Mendel and the Gene Idea
  • 12 The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance
  • 13 The Molecular Basis of Inheritance
  • 14 Gene Expression: From Gene to Protein
  • 15 Regulation of Gene Expression
  • 16 Development, Stem Cells, and Cancer
  • 17 Viruses
  • 18 Genomes and Their Evolution
  • UNIT 3 Evolution
  • 19 Descent with Modification
  • 20 Phylogeny
  • 21 The Evolution of Populations
  • 22 The Origin of Species
  • 23 Broad Patterns of Evolution
  • UNIT 4 The Evolutionary History of Life
  • 24 Early Life and the Diversification of Prokaryotes
  • 25 The Origin and Diversification of Eukaryotes
  • 26 The Colonization of Land
  • 27 The Rise of Animal Diversity
  • UNIT 5 Plant Form and Function
  • 28 Vascular Plant Structure and Growth
  • 29 Resource Acquisition, Nutrition, and Transport in Vascular Plants
  • 30 Reproduction and Domestication of Flowering Plants
  • 31 Plant Responses to Internal and External Signals
  • UNIT 6 Animal Form and Function
  • 32 The Internal Environment of Animals: Organization and Regulation
  • 33 Animal Nutrition
  • 34 Circulation and Gas Exchange
  • 35 The Immune System
  • 36 Reproduction and Development
  • 37 Neurons, Synapses, and Signaling
  • 38 Nervous and Sensory Systems
  • 39 Motor Mechanisms and Behavior
  • UNIT 7 Ecology
  • 40 Population Ecology and the Distribution of Organisms
  • 41 Ecological Communities
  • 42 Ecosystems and Energy
  • 43 Conservation Biology and Global Change


Lisa A. Urry (Units 1 and 2) is Gibbons Young Professor of Biology at Mills College. After earning a B.A. at Tufts University, she completed her Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Lisa has conducted research on gene expression during embryonic and larval development in sea urchins. Deeply committed to promoting opportunities in science for women and underrepresented minorities, she has taught courses ranging from introductory and developmental biology to a nonmajors course called Evolution for Future Presidents.

Michael L. Cain (Chapter 1 and Units 3, 4, and 7) is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist who is now writing full-time. Michael earned an A.B. from Bowdoin College, an M.Sc. from Brown University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. As a faculty member at New Mexico State University, he taught introductory biology, ecology, evolution, botany, and conservation biology. Michael is the author of dozens of scientific papers on topics that include foraging behavior in insects and plants, long-distance seed dispersal, and speciation in crickets. He is also a coauthor of an ecology textbook.

Steven A. Wasserman (Unit 6) is Professor of Biology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He earned an A.B. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from MIT. Working on the fruit fly Drosophila, Steve has done research on developmental biology, reproduction, and immunity. Having taught genetics, development, and physiology to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, he now focuses on introductory biology, for which he has been honored with UCSD’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Peter V. Minorsky (Unit 5) is Professor of Biology at Mercy College in New York, where he teaches introductory biology, ecology, and botany. He received his A.B. from Vassar College and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Peter taught at Kenyon College, Union College, Western Connecticut State University, and Vassar College; he is also the science writer for the journal Plant Physiology. His research interests concern how plants sense environmental change. Peter received the 2008 Award for Teaching Excellence at Mercy College.

Rebecca B. Orr (Ready-to-Go Teaching Modules, eText Media Integration) is Professor of Biology at Collin College in Plano, Texas, where she teaches introductory biology. She earned her B.S. from Texas A&M University and her Ph.D. from University of Texas South-western Medical Center at Dallas. Rebecca has a passion for investigating strategies that result in more effective learning and retention, and she is a certified Team-Based Learning Collaborative Trainer Consultant. She enjoys focusing on the creation of learning opportunities that both engage and challenge students.

Neil A. Campbell (1946–2004) earned his M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. His research focused on desert and coastal plants. Neil’s 30 years of teaching included introductory biology courses at Cornell University, Pomona College, and San Bernardino Valley College, where he received the college’s first Outstanding Professor Award. He was also a visiting scholar at the University of California, Riverside. Neil was the founding author of Campbell Biology, upon which this book is based.