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LibrarySome ideas for preparatory reading, before arriving in Cambridge:

For those without A-level Biology, or equivalent:


Key text-books for students (discuss which to buy with your supervisors). As long as they're not too old, older editions are usually fine too.

  • Hill, R.W., Cavanaugh, D.J. & Anderson, M. (2022) Animal Physiology, 5th ed. New York: Sinauer Associates.
  • Randall, D., Burggren, W. & French, K. (2002) Eckert Animal Physiology, 5th ed. New York: W.H. Freeman & Co.
  • Taiz, L., Møller, I.M. & Murphy, A. & Zeiger, E. (2022) Plant Physiology and Development, 7th ed. Oxford: University Press.

Some YouTube animations made by Prof. Matt Mason which represent introductions to some of the areas covered in this course:

For further reading (you should be able to find these in the libraries):

  • Buchanan, B.B., Guissem, W. & Jones, R.L. (2015) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants, 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
  • Griffin, D.H. (1996) Fungal Physiology, 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley.
  • Herring, N. & Paterson, D.J. (2018) An Introduction to Cardiovascular Physiology, 6th ed. London: Taylor & Francis.
  • Hopkins, W.G. & Hüner, N.P. (2004) Introduction to Plant Physiology, 3rd ed. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Jennings, D.H. & Lysek, G. (1999) Fungal Biology: Understanding the Fungal Lifestyle, 2nd ed. Oxford: BIOS Scientific Publishers Ltd.
  • Koeppen, B.M. & Stanton, B.A. (eds) (2008) Berne & Levy Physiology, 6th edition. Philadelphia: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Moat, A.G., Foster, J.W. & Spector, M.P. (2002) Microbial Physiology, 4th ed. New York: John Wiley.
  • Purves, D. et al. (2018) Neuroscience, 6th International ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Schmidt-Nielsen, K. (1997) Animal Physiology, 5th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Vogel, S. (2013) Comparative Biomechanics: Life's Physical World, 2nd ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Willmer, P., Stone, G. & Johnston, I. (2004) Environmental Physiology of Animals, 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.