Life Processes, Ecology and Evolution

Chapter outline

Prelims: How memory works and how to make the most of the book. Understanding stress, the nature of examinations and where biology can take you.

Chapter 1: Investigations. Learn how to carry out an investigation and read about New Zealand scientists and the investigations they are carrying out.

Chapter 2: Analysing the scientific information in the public domain. How is the science behind fructose covered in the media, what about the science behind transgenics, sports drinks and vaccinations.

Chapter 3: Diversity in life. Look at some animals and plants to see how life processes are carried out differently in different groups to enable success for all, depending on their way of life.

Chapter 4: Cell processes. What is a cell, what do they do and how do photosynthesis, respiration and the cell cycle work.

Chapter 5: Genetic variation and change. Look at population genetics, discover the ideas behind the iconic principle of natural selection and examine the processes during meiosis.

Chapter 6: Community patterns. Species seem to show up in patterns. Learn about how and why we see patterns in communities, from the rocky shore of Taipa to the succession of species in the post-glacial regions of Mt Cook.

Chapter 7: Gene expression. If we have the same genes all of our lives, why do we change, why do we age? Learn all about how genes are carrying the code for life.

Chapter 8: Microscope use and biological drawing. How and why do we use a microscope and are there rules to drawing diagrams? Yes, there are, so let’s learn them and develop some great skills.