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Insects: A Very Short Introduction


Simon Leather

June 2022

Very Short Introductions

This book explores the extraordinarily diverse and beautiful world of insects, from tiny wasps to giant beetles. It analyses insect evolution, and describes their behaviour, their environments, and the interactions they have with other animals. It also discusses their vital role in all land ecosystems, and their importance for our own survival.

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Predator Ecology: Evolutionary Ecology of the Functional Response


John P. DeLong

September 2021

Predator-prey interactions are ubiquitous, govern the flow of energy up trophic levels, and strongly influence the structure of ecological systems. They are typically quantified using the functional response - the relationship between a predator's foraging rate and the availability of food.

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Conservation Technology


Serge A. Wich, Alex K. Piel

August 2021

The first comprehensive text to describe the breadth of available technology for conservation and to evaluate its varied applications, bringing together a team of international experts using a diverse range of approaches.

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Amphibians: A Very Short Introduction


T. S. Kemp

July 2021

Very Short Introductions

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Biochemistry: A Very Short Introduction


Mark Lorch

May 2021

Very Short Introductions

All living things are composed of cells, which have fundamentally the same chemistry. Biochemistry is the study of reactions within these cells, and the molecules that are created, manipulated, and destroyed as a result of them. This book discusses the key concepts of biochemistry, as well as the recent discoveries and innovations in the field.

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Human Physiology: A Very Short Introduction


Jamie A. Davies

May 2021

Very Short Introductions

This book explores the field of human physiology, considering the interplay of physiological mechanisms and principles and how they come together to result in human life being sustained. It also discusses how physiological experiments are undertaken, and covers the medical applications of new discoveries.

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Global Change Biology


Erica Bree Rosenblum

May 2021

The first text for global change biology courses, Rosenblum's broad coverage goes beyond climate in order to investigate the rich tapestry of how human actions have affected the planet and all other organisms

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Population Genetics with R: An Introduction for Life Scientists


Áki Jarl Láruson, Floyd Allan Reed

February 2021

This book focuses on applying the hugely popular R software specifically to the field, offering an accessible, step-by-step guide to tackling the challenges of achieving effective data interpretation and summary.

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Insights from Data with R: An Introduction for the Life and Environmental Sciences


Owen L. Petchey, Andrew P. Beckerman, Natalie Cooper, Dylan Z. Childs

February 2021

This accessible and engaging book provides readers with the knowledge, experience, and confidence to work with raw data and unlock essential information (insights) from data summaries and visualisations.

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Animal Physiology: an environmental perspective


Patrick Butler, Anne Brown, George Stephenson, John Speakman

February 2021

More than any other text, takes an evolutionary approach to show how physiological systems allow animals to adapt to their changing environments.

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Enzymes: A Very Short Introduction


Paul Engel

November 2020

Very Short Introductions

Enzymes are the molecular machines that make life possible. Working as catalysts, teams of enzymes carry out the processes that power the bodies of living things, from making DNA to digesting food. This book explains what enzymes are, what they do, and how they do it, from enzymes inside our cells to those in washing powders and food production.

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Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems, and Impacts

Third Edition


Michel J. Kaiser, Martin J Attrill, Simon Jennings, David Thomas

August 2020

Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems, and Impacts offers a carefully balanced and stimulating survey of marine ecology, introducing the key processes and systems from which the marine environment is formed, and the issues and challenges which surround its future conservation.

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Smell: A Very Short Introduction


Matthew Cobb

May 2020

Very Short Introductions

Matthew Cobb explores the sense of smell - its complex evolutionary history, and its many functions in a wide variety of animals, including humans. He describes the latest scientific research into this remarkable faculty, involving the brain as much as the nose, and reveals surprising insights into animal and human life.

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Systems Biology: A Very Short Introduction


Eberhard O. Voit

March 2020

Very Short Introductions

Systems biology utilises new computational tools to analyse biological processes on an extraordinary scale. We can now study complex biological phenomena within their natural contexts, applying a holistic, systems-based approach. This book explores what this interdisciplinary field is about, and how it will affect our understanding of life.

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Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Philip V. Mladenov

February 2020

Very Short Introductions

Philip Mladenov examines the nature and variety of life in the oceans, and its importance to us and to the planet. He considers the human impact on these complex ecosystems, through overfishing, pollution, and climate change, and the actions needed to establish a more sustainable relationship, to protect them for future generations.

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Philosophy of Biology: A Very Short Introduction


Samir Okasha

November 2019

Very Short Introductions

Covering some of science's most divisive topics, such as philosophical issues in genetics and evolution, the philosophy of biology also encompasses more traditional philosophical questions, such as free will, essentialism, and nature vs nurture. Here, Samir Okasha outlines the core issues with which contemporary philosophy of biology is engaged.

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Origins of Biodiversity: An Introduction to Macroevolution and Macroecology


Lindell Bromham, Marcel Cardillo

May 2019

The only introduction to macroevolution and macroecology to adopt an innovative enquiry-led, case study-based framework to encourage active learning and critical thinking.

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Human Infectious Disease and Public Health


William Fullick

February 2019

Oxford Biology Primers

Written primarily for 16-19 year old students, this concise introduction to infectious disease, its treatments and preventative measures aims to extend students' knowledge and inspire them to take their school-level learning further.

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Reptiles: A Very Short Introduction


T. S. Kemp

January 2019

Very Short Introductions

From dinosaurs to lizards, snakes, and turtles, Tom Kemp considers the range of reptiles which have walked our Earth. Exploring how evolutionary adaptions have fitted them to their individual niches, he discusses their biology, such as cold bloodedness and feeding habits, and analyses why reptiles have been so successful throughout history.

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Moonstruck: How lunar cycles affect life


Ernest Naylor

October 2018

Compared to well established circadian rhythms, scientific evidence for biological clocks linked to the Moon has only recently become recognized. This book describes the growing evidence for lunar influences on animal behaviour, and considers whether humans may be affected too.

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