Animals and Temperature: Phenotypic and Evolutionary Adaptation

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Organisms are continually challenged to regulate and maintain functional capacities as their thermal environment changes. Adjustment to temperature change is evident both phenotypically in individual organisms and genotypically in the evolution of species. This volume addresses thermal adaptation by bringing together many of the leading researchers in thermal biology, with backgrounds spanning the disciplines of molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, zoology, ecology and evolutionary biology. The responses of many species to temperature are discussed in depth, through the molecular, cellular, organismal, population, and ecosystem levels. This text stands as an important contribution to the study of temperature adaptation.
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"This is one of those relatively infrequent occasions where an ambitious, important organizing conception for a symposium has worked out well. The editors have elicited from their contributors an interesting and significant group of papers that cover the topic in a reasonably well-integrated, logically organized, generally well-written manner." The Quarterly Review of Biology
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List of contributors; Preface; 1. Adaptation of biological membranes to temperature: biophysical perspectives and molecular mechanisms A. Y. Gracey, J. Logue, P. E. Tiku and A. R. Cossins; 2. Temperature adaptation: molecular aspects G. Di Prisco and B. Giardina; 3. Stenotherms and eurytherms: mechanisms establishing thermal optima and tolerance ranges G. N. Somero, E. Dahlhoff and J. J. Lin; 4. Ecological and evolutionary physiology of stress proteins and the stress response: the Drosophila melanogaster model M. E. Feder; 5. Temperature adaptation and genetic polymorphism in aquatic animals A. J. S. Hawkins; 6. Phenotypic plasticity and evolutionary adaptations of mitochondria to temperature H. E. Guderley and J. St Pierre; 7. Temperature and ontogeny in ectotherms: muscle phenotype in fish I. A. Johnston, V. L. A. Vieira and J. Hill; 8. Ectotherm life-history responses to developmental temperature D. Atkinson; 9. Testing evolutionary hypotheses of acclimation R. B. Huey and D. Berrigan; 10. Experimental investigations of evolutionary adaptation to temperature J. A. Mongold, A. F. Bennett and R. E. Lenski; 11. Thermal evolution of ectotherm body size: why get big in the cold? L. Partridge and V. French; 12. Physiological correlates of daily torpor in hummingbirds J. E. P. W. Bicudo; 13. Development of thermoregulation in birds: physiology, interspecific variation and adaptation to climate Z. A. Eppley; 14. Evolution of endothermy in mammals, birds and their ancestors J. Ruben; 15. The influence of climate change on the distribution and evolution of organisms A. Clarke; Index.
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