Metabolic Ecology

Metabolic Ecology

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One of the first textbooks in this emerging important field of ecology. Most of ecology is about metabolism: the ways that organisms use energy and materials. The energy requirements of individuals a€“ their metabolic rates a€“ vary predictably with their body size and temperature. Ecological interactions are exchanges of energy and materials between organisms and their environments. So metabolic rate affects ecological processes at all levels: individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems. Each chapter focuses on a different process, level of organization, or kind of organism. It lays a conceptual foundation and presents empirical examples. Together, the chapters provide an integrated framework that holds the promise for a unified theory of ecology. The book is intended to be accessible to upper-level undergraduate, and graduate students, but also of interest to senior scientists. Its easy-to-read chapters and clear illustrations can be used in lecture and seminar courses. Together they make for an authoritative treatment that will inspire future generations to study metabolic ecology.Lighton, J. R. B. (2008) Measuring Metabolic Rates : A Manual for Scientists. Oxford ... American Naturalist 125, 873a€“878. Liow ... Liow, L. H., Quental, T. B., and Marshall, C. R. (2010) When can decreasing diversification rates be detected with molecular phylogenies and the fossil record? ... Loeuille, N. and Loreau, M. ( 2006) Evolution of body size in food webs: does the energy equivalence rule hold?

Title:Metabolic Ecology
Author: Richard M. Sibly, James H. Brown, Astrid Kodric-Brown
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2012-03-26

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