The past fifty years have witnessed major achievements in ecological physiology, the study of physiological adaptations that improve survival or permit organisms to exploit extreme environments. New Directions in Ecological Physiology, first published in 1988, outlines conceptual approaches to the study of physiological adaptation in animals, approaches that will stimulate the continued growth of this field. Twenty leading ecological physiologists and evolutionary biologists have contributed critical evaluations of developments in their respective areas, highlighting major conceptual advances as well as research questions yet to be answered. The volume is organized into three parts: The first deals with comparisons of different species and populations; the second, with comparisons of individuals within a population; the last, with interacting physiological systems within individual animals. New Directions in Ecological Physiology, by encouraging critical debate about general issues and directions of growth in this field, is intended to foster the invigoration of ecological physiology in particular and of organismal biology in general.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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Table of Contents
Contributors and discussants; Preface; 1. The accomplishments of ecological physiology Albert F. Bennett; Part I. Comparisons of Species and Populations: 2. Interspecific comparison as a tool for ecological physiologists George A. Batholemew; 3. The analysis of physiological diversity: the prospects for pattern documentation and general questions in ecological physiology Martin E. Feder; 4. Phylogeny, history, and the comparative method Raymond B. Huey; 5. A multidisciplinary approach to the study of genetic variation within species Dennis A. Powers; 6. Comparison of species and populations: a discussion William R. Dawson; Part II. Interindividual Comparisons: 7. Interindividual variability: an underutilized resource Albert F. Bennett; 8. The importance of genetics to physiological ecology Richard K. Koehn; 9. Genetic correlation and the evolution of physiology Stevan J. Arnold; 10. The misuse of ratios to scale physiological data that vary allometrically with body size Gary C. Packard and Thomas J. Boardman; 11. Interindividual comparisons: a discussion Douglas J. Futuyma; Part III. Interacting Physiological Systems: 12. Invasive and noninvasive methodologies in ecological physiology: a plea for integration Warren W. Burggren; 13. The use of models in physiological studies Peter Scheid; 14. Symmorphosis: the concept of optimal design Stan L. Lindstedt and James H. Jones; 15. Assigning priorities among interacting physiological systems Donald C. Jackson; 16. Physiological changes during ontogeny James Metcalfe and Michael K. Stock; 17. Interacting physiological systems: a discussion David J. Randall; 18. New directions in ecological physiology: conclusion Martin E. Feder; Author index; Subject index.