Welcome to the Basic Biology Resources page. This page provides a list of the tools and websites that I use and highly recommend to help you learn about the spectacular life on Earth.
These textbooks and websites provide a far more in-depth look at various fields of biology than I have been able to achieve with the Basic Biology website, so far…
This is world’s #1 textbook for beginning biologists and has been hugely valuable to me over the years. This is the resource that I recommend above anything else for aspiring biologists. The latest edition is available from to buy and rent from amazon.com for around US$150 or US$20 respectively.
This easy to understand text is the perfect introduction to the basics of animal biology. If you’ve run out of animal biology related information to learn about here on Basic Biology, I recommend continuing your learning with this great textbook.
Raven Biology of Plants is considered by many the “plant biology bible”. The textbook is well-written, filled with great illustrations and introduces a wide range of key topics in the field of botany.
This textbook and earlier editions have been the basis of ecology courses for years. The text is focused around an evolutionary perspective of ecology and is filled with great graphs and figures.
Clear, concise and easily readable. This textbook makes learning genetics a whole lot easier. The whole book is well-organised and individual ideas are clearly expressed.
Molecular Biology of the Cell is not just highly educational but is also enjoyable to read through and is the book to get if you want to learn as much as possible about cellular biology from one resource.
This is the go to textbook for anyone interested in biochemistry. It includes great illustrations and is relatively easy to read considering how difficult biochemistry can be.
Microbiology is a complicated subject. Similar to the biochemistry textbook, this textbook is incredibly clear and simple considering the complexity of the topics it discusses.
A key goal of this textbook is to make it easy for students to clearly understand the key principles of anatomy and physiology and how they are related to one another. The authors have done a great job.
These are a few websites that I recommend for learning about various topics in biology, from particular species to genetics and microorganisms. I frequently use each of these websites myself.
This is an amazing website with the goal of creating a resource with information on every species on Earth.
The yourgenome website provides information on topics related to genetics via videos, stories, debates and fact sheets.
The Angiosperms Phylogeny website isn’t the prettiest and is very dry but it is the best resource you will find anywhere for information on groups of plants down to the family level. It is continuously updated by Prof. Peter Stevens from the University of Missouri-St. Louis
I love this website and highly recommend it. It has so much information about all things ecology such as the ecosystems, water quality, species interactions and human impacts.
This is a website created by the American Society for Microbiology and provides information on topics related to the biology of microorganisms through videos, podcasts, interviews with microbiologists and more.
A compound microscope from OMAX with magnification up to 2000X and comes with a built-in 3 MP camera and video.
This slide set contains 25 prepared microscope slides that include samples of plant tissue, insects and other animal tissues.
A complete microscope stain kit with six different stains, 72 slides, 100 cover slips and 10 pipettes.
This is my favorite brand of outdoor gear and it aligns perfectly with Basic Biology. I’ve had some of my Outdoor Research gear for almost 10 years and it is still as good as new.
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