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 as well as an ancillary web site with additional materials for instructors.

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 * Companion website includes additional teaching materials such as power point slides of all illustrations in the book


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


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About the author

David Norris

Dr. David Norris has done research in environmental endocrinology and neuroendocrinology for more than 50 years. Dr. Norris is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado. He received his bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and his Ph.D. in 1966 from the University of Washington. Dr. Norris has worked in the area of forensic botany with Dr. Jane H. Bock, since 1982, primarily on developing the use of plant cells in the gastrointestinal tract to aid in homicide investigations. Dr. Norris and Dr. Bock have been involved in investigations in numerous states as well as throughout the State of Colorado. Dr. Norris has been certified as an expert witness in this area for the State of Colorado. With Dr. Bock, Dr. Norris also has consulted on other botanical evidence for criminal investigations. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in 2014.


Praise for the Third Edition: "...a good text for comparative endocrinology classes or classes composed of students from a wide variety of disciplines...this book is well written and organized. Concepts are explained in a manner that should be easily understandable to beginning endocrinology students." -TRENDS IN ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM "...constitutes a major and unique contribution to this area ... contains a wealth of factual information ... [and] admirably succeeds in stimulating the scientific curiosity of readers and in conveying a sense of fascination for the intricate mechanisms and importance of endocrinology." -GENERAL AND COMPARATIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY