AP Biology (Mader), 11th Edition

About the Authors

Sylvia S. Mader Sylvia S. Mader has authored several nationally recognized biology texts published by McGraw-Hill. Educated at Bryn Mawr College, Harvard University, Tufts University, and Nova Southeastern University, she holds degrees in both Biology and Education. Over the years she has taught at University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Massachusetts Bay Community College; Suffolk University; and Nathan Mayhew Seminars. Her ability to reach out to science-shy students led to the writing of her first text, Inquiry into Life, that is now in its thirteenth edition. Highly acclaimed for her crisp and entertaining writing style, her books have become models for others who write in the field of biology.

Although her writing schedule is always quite demanding, Dr. Mader enjoys taking time to visit and explore the various ecosystems of the biosphere. Her several trips to the Florida Everglades and Caribbean coral reefs resulted in talks she has given to various groups around the country. She has visited the tundra in Alaska, the taiga in the Canadian Rockies, the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, and tropical rain forests in South America and Australia. A photo safari to the Serengeti in Kenya resulted in a number of photographs for her texts. She was thrilled to think of walking in Darwin’s steps when she journeyed to the Galápagos Islands with a group of biology educators. Dr. Mader was also a member of a group of biology educators who traveled to China to meet with their Chinese counterparts and exchange ideas about the teaching of modern-day biology.

Michael Windelspecht As an educator, Dr. Windelspecht has taught introductory biology, genetics, and human genetics in the online, traditional, and hybrid environments at community colleges, comprehensive universities, and military institutions. For over a decade he served as the Introductory Biology Coordinator at Appalachian State University, where he directed a program that enrolled over 4,500 students annually. He was educated at Michigan State University and the University of South Florida. Dr. Windelspecht is also active in promoting the scientific literacy of secondary school educators. He has led multiple workshops on integrating water quality research into the science curriculum, and has spent several summers teaching Pakistani middle school teachers.

As an author, Dr. Windelspecht has published five reference textbooks and multiple print and online lab manuals. He served as the series editor for a ten-volume work on the human body. For years Dr. Windelspecht has been active in the development of multimedia resources for online and hybrid science classrooms. Along with his wife, Sandra, he owns a multimedia production company that actively develops and assesses the use of new technologies in the classroom.


April Cognato serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology at Michigan State University. She was educated at University of California–Davis, and at Texas A&M University where she earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in evolutionary biology. Dr. Cognato is an accomplished research biologist and educator. As an educator, Dr. Cognato designs and teaches introductory nonmajors biology, majors biology, and genetics. In addition to her teaching assignments, Dr. Cognato has expertise in the integration of digital resources into education, and she authors fully online courses in genetics and evolution.

Dave Cox serves as Associate Professor of Biology at Lincoln Land Community College, in Springfield, Illinois. He was educated at Illinois College and Western Illinois University. As an educator, Professor Cox teaches introductory biology for non-majors in the traditional classroom format as well as in a hybrid format. He also teaches biology for majors, and marine biology and biological field studies as study-abroad courses in Belize. He serves as the Educational Director for the Sibun Education and Adventure Lodge, located in Belmopan, Belize.

Jeffrey Isaacson is an Associate Professor of Biology at Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he teaches courses in microbiology, immunology, and cell biology. He currently serves as Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and Co-Chair of the General Education Revision Team at NWU. Dr. Isaacson was educated at Nebraska Wesleyan, Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine, and Iowa State University. Previously, he worked as a small-animal veterinarian, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Immunology at the Mayo Clinic. As an author, Dr. Isaacson has served as a significant contributor and coauthor for the twelfth and thirteenth editions of Mader’s Inquiry Into Life.

Ian Quitadamo has a dual appointment in Biological Sciences and Science Education at Central Washington University where he teaches courses in cell biology, genetics, biotechnology, and non-majors biology. In addition, he facilitates courses in teaching methodology for future science teachers and interdisciplinary content courses focused on alternative energy and sustainability. Dr. Quitadamo was educated at Washington State University where he earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in science, education, and technology. Dr. Quitadamo is a recipient of the Crystal Apple award for teaching excellence. He is a fourth-degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate and owns an academic consulting company.

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