Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections, Global Edition

Jane B. Reece / Martha R. Taylor / Eric J. Simon / Jean L. Dickey  
Total pages
July 2015
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Intended for non-majors or mixed biology courses. 

Soar to New Heights with Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections!


Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections continues to introduce pedagogical innovations, which motivate students not only to learn, but also engage with biology. The Eighth Edition of this market-leading book builds on its hallmarks of accuracy, currency, and a dedication to revolutionizing teaching and learning solutions. This thorough revision focuses on providing instructors with the resources needed to invigorate the course and gives students the tools they need to succeed. This edition includes many new key figures to help students better visualize tough topics, while an increased emphasis on scientific thinking equips students to leave the course thinking like scientists.

  • This program presents a teaching and learning experience—for you and your students.
    Engage in biology and make important connections between concepts and unifying themes:  Immerse students in the world of biology, so they understand the connections across biological concepts.  
  • Focus on scientific thinking: Encourage students to think like scientists and develop scientific reasoning and literacy skills with new Scientific Thinking Modules and more.
  • Maximize learning and success: Give students the tools they need to become skilled at learning and understanding course material.


Engage in biology and make important connections between concepts and unifying themes

  •  NEW! High Interest Questions paired with revised chapter-opening essays are designed to draw students in and spark curiosity about the chapter content. As the chapter unfolds, questions are further explored  in Scientific Thinking or Evolution Connection Modules.
  • Big Ideas at the start of each chapter serve as a roadmap to students by highlighting the connections between the overarching set of concepts that each chapter is built upon. 
  • Connection Modules in every chapter relate biology to students’ lives and the world outside the classroom. With topics such as x, y and z, each Connection Module shows students how the course material connects to a wide variety of issues. 
  • Evolution Connection Modules present concrete examples of the evidence for evolution within each chapter, providing a coherent theme for the study of life. 


Focus on scientific thinking
  • NEW! Scientific Thinking Modules in every chapter encourage students to engage in the process of science by highlighting research and scientific discovery. Each module features real data that is relevant to the topic at hand.  
  • NEW! Related Scientific Thinking Coaching Activities in MasteringBiology allow students to put their scientific thinking skills into action. Each activity helps them practice important science skills.
  • Distinguish science from pseudoscience  
  • How do we answer questions about the past
    • How do you test questions
    • Causation vs. correlation
    • Alternative hypothesis vs. hypothesis
    • Explanations for data
    • How do we evaluate the validity of source
    • Integration Information to solve problems
    • Peer review
    • How Science is done
    • Communicating ideas effectively
  • Interpreting Data Activities in MasteringBiology help students practice basic skills associated with interpreting and analyzing data. Each activity builds from a lower to higher order of learning, with specific wrong-answer feedback designed to coach students along the way.
  • You Decide Activities encourage students to explore the data behind hot topics, and discover how biology relates to decision making in the world.
  • Scientifically accurate and up-to-date research ensures that you and your students have the most current information.
  • UPDATED! End-of-chapter review questions better reflect best practices of scientific teaching by changing all multiple-choice items from five answer choices to four, and reorganizing review questions according to Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Maximize learning and success
  • NEW! Twenty new Visualizing the Concept Modules deliver new or updated and improved art, renewing the hallmark integration of art with the narrative discussions and help students visualize tough topics.
    • Visualizing the Concept Modules coach students a deeper understanding the biological concept at hand. With tips for understanding the concept built in each, modules walk students through difficult topics, emulating the discussion an instructor might have with a student during office hours.
  • NEW! Try This! feature appears 2-3 times within each chapter and uses active learning techniques to encourage students to interact with the art and guide students on how to best use their textbook to aid learning. Paired with illustrations in each chapter, Try This! offers students  unique strategies on how to use the figures in their text to increase learning and provides a launch pad for instructors seeking new ideas to actively engage students in the course material.
  • A flexible modular format organized around central concepts paces student learning into manageable chunks and allows your syllabus to drive the course. 


Table of Contents

1. Biology: Exploring Life 
2. The Chemical Basis of Life 
3. The Molecules of Cells 
4. A Tour of the Cell
5. The Working Cell
6. How Cells Harvest Chemical Energy
7. Photosynthesis: Using Light to Make Food
8. The Cellular Basis of Reproduction and Inheritance
9. Patterns of Inheritance
10. Molecular Biology of the Gene
11. How Genes Are Controlled
12. DNA Technology and Genomics

13. How Populations Evolve
14. The Origin of Species
15. Tracing Evolutionary History 
16. Microbial Life: Prokaryotes and Protists 
17. The Evolution of Plant and Fungal Diversity
18. The Evolution of Invertebrate Diversity
19. The Evolution of Vertebrate Diversity

20. Unifying Concepts of Animal Structure and Function 
21. Nutrition and Digestion
22. Gas Exchange 
23. Circulation
24. The Immune System
25. Control of Body Temperature and Water Balance 
26. Hormones and the Endocrine System 
27. Reproduction and Embryonic Development 
28. Nervous Systems
29. The Senses
30. How Animals Move
31. Plant Structure, Growth, and Reproduction
32. Plant Nutrition and Transport
33. Control Systems in Plants
34. The Biosphere: An Introduction to Earth's Diverse Environments 
35. Behavioral Adaptations to the Environment
36. Population Ecology
37. Communities and Ecosystems
38. Conservation Biology  


Jane B. Reece has worked in biology publishing since 1978, when she joined the editorial staff of Benjamin Cummings. Her education includes an A.B. in biology from Harvard University (where she was initially a philosophy major), an M.S. in microbiology from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in bacteriology from the University of California, Berkeley. At UC Berkeley and later as a postdoctoral fellow in genetics at Stanford University, her research focused on genetic recombination in bacteria. Dr. Reece taught biology at Middlesex County College (New Jersey) and Queensborough Community College (New York). During her 12 years as an editor at Benjamin Cummings, she played a major role in a number of successful textbooks. She is lead author of Campbell Biology  and co-author of Campbell Essential Biology and Campbell Essential Biology with Physiology.
Martha R. Taylor has been teaching biology for over 35 years. She earned her B.A. in biology from Gettysburg College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in science education from Cornell University. She was assistant director of the Office of Instructional Support at Cornell for seven years. She has taught introductory biology for both majors and non-majors at Cornell University and is currently a lecturer in the Learning Strategies Center teaching supplemental biology courses. Based on her experiences working with students in classrooms, laboratories, and tutorials, Dr. Taylor is committed to helping students create their own knowledge of and appreciation for biology. She has been the author of the Student Study Guide for all nine editions of Campbell Biology.
Eric J. Simon is an associate professor in the Department of Biology and Health Science at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. He teaches introductory biology to science majors and non-science majors, as well as upper-level courses in genetics, microbiology, tropical marine biology, and molecular biology. Dr. Simon received a B.A. in biology and computer science and an M.A. in biology from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University. His research focuses on innovative ways to use technology to improve teaching and learning in the science classroom, particularly for non-science majors. Dr. Simon is the lead author of Campbell Essential Biology and Campbell Essential Biology with Physiology.
Jean L. Dickey is a professor of biology at Clemson University. She had no idea that science was interesting until her senior year in high school, when a scheduling problem landed her in an advanced biology course. Abandoning plans to study English or foreign languages, she enrolled in Kent State University as a biology major. After receiving her B.S. in biology, she went on to earn a Ph.D. in ecology and evolution from Purdue University. Since joining the faculty at Clemson in 1984, Dr. Dickey has specialized in teaching non-science majors, including a course designed for pre-service elementary teachers and workshops for in-service teachers. She also developed an investigative laboratory curriculum for general biology. Dr. Dickey is author of Laboratory Investigations for Biology  and co-author of Campbell Essential Biology and Campbell Essential Biology with Physiology