Vertebrate Endocrinology

Vertebrate Endocrinology

6th Edition - October 10, 2020

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  • Authors: David Norris, James Carr
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128200933
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128200940

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Vertebrate Endocrinology, Sixth Edition, provides a comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of the endocrine system for college and university students as well as researchers. This book is logically arranged, easily comprehended, and well-illustrated.  It covers traditional hormone-based systems and introduces all forms of chemical communication, their implications for the health of humans, domesticated, and wild vertebrates. Written by two experts who have completed extensive research in comparative vertebrate endocrinology with an emphasis on natural and anthropogenic environmental factors influencing endocrine systems.  Collectively, the authors have taught courses in endocrinology at the undergraduate and graduate level for more than 60 years. After first publishing in 1985, Vertebrate Endocrinology, Sixth Edition, continues to serve as an important resource for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the biological sciences, animal sciences, and veterinary sciences. Endocrine researchers will also benefit from the book’s relevance in the areas of comparative, veterinary, and mammalian endocrinology.

Key Features

  • Addresses the endocrinology of all vertebrate and non-vertebrate chordates
  • The only endocrinology textbook that deals with evolutionary aspects of endocrine systems
  • Includes biochemical, cellular, tissue, organismic, behavioral, and environmental aspects of chemical communication


Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the biological sciences, animal sciences, veterinary sciences

Table of Contents

  • 1. An Overview of Chemical Bioregulation in Vertebrates
    2. Methods to Study Bioregulation
    3. Synthesis, Metabolism, and Actions of Bioregulators
    4. Organization of the Mammalian Hypothalamus-Pituitary Axes
    5. The Hypothalamus Pituitary System in Non-Mammalian Vertebrates
    6. The Hypothalamus Pituitary Thyroid, (HPT) Axis of Mammals
    7. The Hypothalamus Pituitary Thyroid (HPT) Axis of Non-Mammalian Vertebrates
    8. The Mammalian Adrenal Glands: Cortical and Chromaffin Cells
    9. Comparative Aspects of Vertebrate Adrenals
    10. The Endocrinology of Mammalian Reproduction
    11. Comparative Aspects of Vertebrate Reproduction
    12. Chemical Regulation of Feeding, Digestion and Metabolism
    13. Comparative Aspects of Feeding, Digestion, and Metabolism
    14. Regulation of Calcium and Phosphate Homeostasis in Vertebrates
    15. Environmental Endocrinology of Vertebrates

    A. Abbreviations
    B. Vertebrate Phylogeny and Evolution
    C. Amino Acid Abbreviations
    D. Units for Measuring Hormones in Tissues
    E. Vertebrate Tissue Types
    F. Metabolic Pathways

Product details

  • No. of pages: 656
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: October 10, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128200933
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128200940

About the Authors

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

James Carr

Dr. James A. Carr is a Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University. His research has focused on various aspects of environmental endocrinology and neuroendocrinology for 25 years including the effects of opioid peptides on brainstem, cardiovascular areas and pituitary hormone secretion, the impact of environmental pollutants on the thyroid and reproductive axes in fishes and amphibians, and the impact of stress hormones on subcortical visual pathways involved in feeding.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Faculty Director, Joint Admission Medical Program, Department of Biological Sciences Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA

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