Vertebrate Endocrinology

Vertebrate Endocrinology

4th Edition - November 27, 2006

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  • Author: David Norris
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080466392

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One of the only books to discuss all vertebrates, the fourth edition of Vertebrate Endocrinology has been completely reorganized and updated to explore the intricate mechanisms that control human physiology and behavior as well as that of other vertebrate animals. Perfect for students in endocrinology, zoology, biology and physiology, it allows readers to gain both an understanding of the intricate relationships among all of the body systems and their regulation by hormones and other bioregulators, but also a sense of their development through evolutionary time as well as the roles of hormones at different stages of an animal’s life cycle. Chapters have been reorganized to more closely follow traditional classroom presentation and extensive suggested readings are included at the end of each chapter allowing the reader to obtain further information as well as connect concepts to the literature on which the book is based. For the first time, this edition features four-color illustrations.

Key Features

  • Provides a complete overview of the endocrine system of vertebrates by first emphasizing the mammalian system as the basis of most terminology and understanding of endocrine mechanisms and then applies that to non-mammals
  • Introduces the reader to suitable concepts and explanation of jargon so that the reader will be able to delve directly into the primary literature on any endocrine-related topic with a background that will aid in their interpretation of new information
  • Revised and updated chapter on The Molecular Bases for Chemical Regulation that now includes more evolutionary data
  • Includes information on endocrine disrupting chemicals and their implications on the health of wildlife and humans


Students, faculty and researchers and in endocrinology, zoology, biology and physiology

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. An Overview of Chemical Bioregulation in Vertebrates

    Chapter 2. Methods to Study Bioregulation

    Chapter 3. Synthesis, Metabolism, and Actions of Bioregulators

    Chapter 4. Organization of the Mammalian Hypothalamus-Pituitary Axes

    Chapter 5. The Hypothalamus-Pituitary System in Non-mammalian Vertebrates

    Chapter 6. The Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid (HPT) Axis of Mammals

    Chapter 7. The Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid (HPT) Axis of Non-mammalian Vertebrates

    Chapter 8. The Mammalian Adrenal Glands: Cortical and Chromaffin Cells

    Chapter 9. Comparative Aspects of Vertebrate Adrenals

    Chapter 10. The Endocrinology of Mammalian Reproduction

    Chapter 11. Comparative Aspects of Vertebrate Reproduction

    Chapter 12. Chemical Regulation of Feeding, Digestion and Metabolism

    Chapter 13. Comparative Aspects of Feeding, Digestion, and Metabolism

    Chapter 14. Regulation of Calcium and Phosphate Homeostasis

Product details

  • No. of pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2006
  • Published: November 27, 2006
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080466392

About the Author

David Norris

Dr. David O. Norris (B.S., Baldwin Wallace University, 1961; PhD 1966, University of Washington) was a professor at the University of Colorado for 46 years where he studied environmental endocrinology of fishes and amphibians and taught general biology, endocrinology, human physiology, histology, vertebrate biology, and forensic biology. His endocrine research interests involve the role of natural and anthropogenic factors (pollutants) that operate through the brain and pituitary to influence thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive physiology that in turn affect development, sexual differentiation, reproduction, and aging. He retired from CU in 2012 and currently is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Integrative Physiology. Dr. Norris also does research in forensic botany and consults with law enforcement groups on homicides and other crimes throughout the USA and in several other countries He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Dr. Norris has published more than 150 scientific papers and abstracts in environmental endocrinology and forensic botany and is the senior author on several books including Vertebrate Endocrinology (6th edition, Academic Press, 2020), Endocrine Disruption: Implications for Health of Wildlife and Humans (Oxford University Press, 2005), a five-volume work on Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates (Academic Press, 2011) and Forensic Plant Science (Academic Press, 2016).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA

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