Principles of Animal Physiology

Christopher D. Moyes / Patricia M. Schulte  
Total pages
July 2013
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Principles of Animal Physiology, Second Edition continues to set a new standard for animal physiology textbooks with its focus on animal diversity, its modern approach and clear foundation in molecular and cell biology, its concrete examples throughout, and its fully integrated coverage of the endocrine system. Carefully designed, full-color artwork guides students through complex systems and processes while in-text pedagogical tools help them learn and remember the material. The book includes the most up-to-date research on animal genetics and genomics, methods and models, and offers a diverse range of vertebrate and invertebrate examples, with a student-friendly writing style that is consistently clear and engaging.

Christopher Moyes and Patricia Schulte present animal physiology in a current, balanced, and accessible way that emphasizes the integration of physiological systems, an overarching evolutionary theme, and thorough coverage of the cellular and molecular basis of animal physiology.

Principles of Animal Physiology comes with a comprehensive supplements package for students and instructors that includes a new Media Manager CD-ROM, a new Print and Computerized Test Bank, and a powerful Companion Website. The InterActive Physiology® 10-System Suite CD-ROM and PhysioExTM V7.0 laboratory simulations can be packaged with the text at a discounted price.


An emphasis on animal diversity and evolution highlights the diversity of physiological processes in animals, and places this diversity in its evolutionary context.

    • Evolution and Diversity boxes link chapter content to the overarching theme of evolution.
    • Several chapter-opening essays provide additional evolutionary context.
    • Unique animal examples are drawn from both vertebrates and invertebrates for a varied representation of organisms.
    • Consistent attention to evolution emphasizes the importance of this process.

The integrative nature of animal physiology is shown through the integration of all levels of biological organization from molecules to cells to organisms.

    • Integrating Systems special sections at the end of each chapter in Part II describe how functions of specific physiological systems interact with other systems to meet environmental challenges.
    • Genetics and Genomics boxes examine the latest genetic research, especially as it relates to the evolution of animal physiological systems.
    • Mathematical Underpinnings boxes allow students to read about the physics and mathematics underlying physiology without losing the thread of the narrative or getting bogged down in equations and quantitative material.
    • The endocrine system is discussed in relation to each organ system in the Part II chapters to show its integrated role in regulating each organ system.

The dynamic nature of animal physiology is highlighted to show students that physiology is a dynamic and growing research area, and has medical, agricultural, or environmental applications.

    • Methods and Model Systems boxes discuss experimentation and the use of model systems in animal physiology.
    • Applications boxes show students how animal physiology is relevant to a variety of fields.
    • Thorough, up-to-date coverage of the cellular and molecular basis of physiology provides a solid introduction to recent research developments.

Promoting effective learning is a key goal of the text, with several methods to help students get the most out of the course.

    • NEW! Concept Check Questions appear throughout each chapter. Answers can be found on the text’s Companion Website.
    • End-of-chapter Review, Synthesis, and Quantitative (NEW!) Questions provide increasingly sophisticated and challenging ways for students to test their comprehension of important concepts. Answers can be found on the text’s Companion Website.
    • Overview figures begin each chapter, helping encapsulate the key concepts of the chapter and providing a guide for review and self-study.
    • Sentence-format headings enhance student comprehension and allow for efficient review.
    • Clear and engaging writing style captures students’ attention and makes complex physiological concepts and processes easy to understand.
    • Self-contained chapter reviewing chemistry, biochemistry, and cell physiology can be assigned or covered in class to address the needs of students with varying levels of science background.

Superior, innovative art program facilitates learning by guiding students through complex physiological systems and functions.

    • Anatomical art is used extensively to improve understanding of physiological processes in context.
    • Flowcharts help students understand the dynamic and multilayered nature of physiological processes.
    • “Stepped” art figures break complex processes into steps for greater comprehension.

New to this Edition

  • Improved endocrine coverage includes enhanced and expanded endocrine content in Chapter 3 and a detailed chart listing the major hormone groups and examples of each group, helping students distinguish and study the different hormone groups without distracting from the flow of the narrative, which continues to integrate the endocrine system as it regulates other systems.
  • Revised Integrating Systems sections in Part II chapters discuss in greater detail how different physiological systems are integrated and interdependent.
  • Combined chapter reviews basic chemistry and cell physiology for students of various scientific backgrounds (Chapter 2). Focusing only on the chemistry and cell physiology needed for this course, this optional chapter offers a convenient reference for the student.
  • Concept Check questions at key points in the chapter ask students to synthesize the material from multiple chapters.
  • Quantitative Questions at the end of each chapter complement the existing review and synthesis questions. These questions will ask students to work with data, charts, and graphs. Answers to end-of-chapter questions will be available on the companion website.
  • Revised chapter summaries are now in a convenient bulleted format to help students study and quickly review main points of the chapter.
  • For Further Reading sections at the end of each chapter keep students up-to-date on relevant research and open opportunities for further exploration.
  • Printed and Computerized Test Banks provide over 75 multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter in both print and cross-platform electronic (TestGen) formats.
  • Instructor’s Media Manager CD-ROMs includes all artwork from the textbook as well as PowerPoint® lecture outlines and links to the award-winning InterActivePhysiology®.
  • Superior Art Program utilizing anatomical art, flowcharts, and 'stepped' art figures guide students through complex physiological systems and functions.

Table of Contents

Part I.  The Cellular Basis of Animal Physiology

1. Introduction to Physiological Principles

2. Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Cell Physiology

3. Cell Signaling and Endocrine Regulation

4. Neuron Structure and Function

5. Cellular Movement and Muscles


Part II. Integrating Physiological Systems

6. Sensory Systems

7. Functional Organization of Nervous Systems

8. Circulatory Systems

9. Respiratory Systems

10. Ion and Water Balance

11. Digestion

12. Locomotion

13. Thermal Physiology

14. Reproduction