“Biology: The Dynamic Science, 4th Edition” by Peter J. Russell, Paul E. Hertz, & Beverly McMillan teach biology the way scientists practice it by emphasizing and applying science as a process. You learn not only what good scientists know, but how they know it, and what they still need to learn. The authors explain complex ideas very clearly and describe how biologists collect and interpret evidence to test hypotheses about our living world. Throughout, they develop quantitative analysis, provide engaging applications, mathematical reasoning skills, and build conceptual understanding. Highly recommended for science college students.
About the Author
Dr. Peter J. Russell received a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Sussex, England, in 1968 and a Ph.D. in Genetics from Cornell University in 1972. Dr. Russell has been a member of the Biology faculty of Reed College since 1972; he is currently a Professor of Biology. Peter teaches a section of the introductory biology course,an advanced molecular genetics course, a genetics course, and a research literature course on molecular virology. In 1987, Peter received the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award from Reed College in recognition of his excellence in teaching. Since 1986, Dr. Russel has been the author of a successful genetics textbook; current editions are “iGenetics: A Mendelian Approach, iGenetics: A Molecular Approach,” and “Essential iGenetics“. He wrote 9 of the BioCoach Activities for The Biology Place. His research is in the area of molecular genetics, with a specific interest in characterizing the role of host genes in pathogenic RNA plant virus gene expression; yeast is used as the model host. Dr. Russell’s research has been funded by agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and the National Science Foundation. He has published his research results in a variety of journals, including “Genetics, Journal of Bacteriology, Nucleic Acids Research, Plasmid, Molecular and General Genetics, and Molecular and Cellular Biology.” Peter has a long history of encouraging faculty research involving undergraduates, including co-founding the biology division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) in 1985. He was Program Director/Principal Investigator of an NSF Award for the Integration of Research and Education (AIRE) to Reed College, 1998-2002.