Higher Education

Animal Physiology: From Genes to Organisms, 2nd Edition

  • Lauralee Sherwood West Virginia University
  • Hillar Klandorf West Virginia University
  • Paul Yancey Whitman College
  • ISBN-10: 0840068654  |  ISBN-13: 9780840068651
  • 896 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $227.25
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Promoting a conceptual understanding and taking an integrative systems approach, ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY 2E illustrates the individual organization as well as the collective interdependence of each complete physiological system. The text begins with chapters on integrative principles and on the genomic, molecular, and cellular basis of physiology, then proceeds to chapters on individual organ systems. For each organ system, evolutionary forces as well as current cellular and molecular research are discussed. To clearly illustrate system interdependence, each systems chapter contains a summary, titled "Making Connections." To make the text even more accessible to students, the authors also incorporate a comparative approach to animal physiology, examining the basic physiology of many vertebrate and nonvertebrate animals as well as their primary diseases and ability to respond to environmental changes.

Features and Benefits

  • ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY's primary organization is according to body system, but it also provides coverage of cellular, molecular, and genomic topics in early chapters, and incorporates this information throughout the text as a basis for understanding organ function.
  • Each chapter includes an overview of major evolutionary events and selective forces. All topics have been placed in a biological context that melds the proximate (mechanistic) approach of traditional physiology with the evolutionary explanations behind them, in order to discuss not only the power of natural selection, but also the often seemingly illogical details of life.
  • The authors include both analogies and frequent references to everyday experiences to help students relate to the physiology concepts presented.
  • Special breakout boxes pique the interest of students and encourage critical thinking, including "Molecular Biology and Genomics," "Beyond the Basics," "Challenges and Controversies," "Unanswered Questions," and "A Closer Look at Adaptation."

Table of Contents

1. Homeostasis and Integration: The Foundations of Physiology.
2. Cellular and Molecular Physiology.
3. Membrane Physiology.
4. Neuronal Physiology.
5. Nervous Systems.
6. Sensory Physiology.
7. Endocrine Systems.
8. Muscle Physiology.
9. Circulatory Systems.
10. Defense Systems.
11. Respiratory Systems.
12. Excretory Systems.
13. Fluid and Acid–Base Balance.
14. Digestive Systems.
15. Energy Balance and Thermal Physiology.
16. Reproductive Systems.

What's New

  • NEW! A thorough review of the most recent published literature led to the inclusion of the most current, cutting-edge scientific information. In addition, more details on evolutionary and comparative aspects of physiological adaptations have been included.
  • NEW! Over 90% of the art has been upgraded in this edition, with more three-dimensional art; many conceptually redesigned or new figures to enhance student understanding; brighter, more contemporary, and more visually appealing colors; and a more consistent style throughout.
  • NEW! Check Your Understanding questions have been added after each major section to help review the main ideas just discussed.
  • NEW! Each chapter now ends with a bulleted list of key concepts and additional Review, Synthesize, and Analyze essay questions that integrate the chapter material or delve deeper into a topic and challenge the student on a higher level.
  • NEW! Cengage Learning's Physiology CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY.


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CourseMate with InfoTrac® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133001238 | ISBN-13: 9781133001232)

New. Cengage Learning's Physiology CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY. Instructors can easily track students' participation and engagement in course materials through a unique engagement tracker. Students have access to an interactive eBook, animations, flashcards, quizzes, and much more.

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This easy-to-use presentation tool using Microsoft® PowerPoint® allows you to quickly assemble art and database files as well as annotate and selectively enlarge figures to show detail in lectures. The PowerLecture contains all of the line art figures from ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY 2E in addition to lecture slides, and flash animations illustrating key concepts, all designed to facilitate classroom discussion. This disc also includes a test bank to aid in class preparation.

Student Supplements

CourseMate with InfoTrac® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133001238 | ISBN-13: 9781133001232)

New. Cengage Learning's Physiology CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY. You have access to new animations, flashcards, quizzes, an interactive eBook and much more!

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lauralee Sherwood

Following graduation from Michigan State University in 1966, Dr. Lauralee Sherwood joined the faculty at West Virginia University, where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine. For the past 40 years, Professor Sherwood has taught an average of over 400 students each year in physiology courses for pharmacy, medical technology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, medical, dental, dental hygiene, nutrition, exercise physiology, and athletic training majors. She has authored three physiology textbooks: HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY: FROM CELLS TO SYSTEMS, FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY, and ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY: FROM GENES TO ORGANISMS, all published by Cengage Learning/Brooks/Cole. Dr. Sherwood has received numerous teaching awards, including an Amoco Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award, a Golden Key National Honor Society Outstanding Faculty Award, two listings in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and the Dean's Award of Excellence in Education.

Hillar Klandorf

Hillar Klandorf is a Professor of Animal and Veterinary Science at West Virginia University. He completed his Ph.D. degree through the British Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) After completing two post-doctoral research programs he spent 3 1/2 years at UCLA studying agents that affect the onset of diabetes, and currently he is investigating factors that limit the accelerated tissue aging associated with the elevated plasma glucose concentrations in birds. He instructs animal physiology and animal behavior classes at West Virginia University. ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY incorporates current physiological issues and ideas generated from students enrolled in the Animal Physiology class.

Paul Yancey

Paul H. Yancey is a Professor of Biology at Whitman College. SINCE earning a Ph.D. in Marine Biology (with an emphasis in Animal Physiology and Biochemistry) from U.C.S.D., he HAS conducted research on invertebrates, fishes, and mammals at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), the National Institutes of Health, the Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory, HOPKINS MARINE STATION, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and the University of Otago (New Zealand), as well as at Whitman College. His research is on biochemical and physiological adaptations to water stress. He teaches animal physiology, human anatomy and physiology, marine biology, and bioethics, and has won several teaching awards. Dr. Yancey brings a broad evolutionary perspective and 24 years of teaching experience to the writing of this text.