Ecophysiology attempts to clarify the role and importance of physiological processes in the ecological relations of species in their natural habitats. Including blood collection and the measurement of plasma components and hormone levels, the basic principles and methods relevant to any ecophysiological study are covered in this text. Examples are collected from a wide range of vertebrates living in deserts, cold climates and oceans. The book is an introduction to ecophysiology for advanced students, as well as researchers in ecology, biodiversity and conservation.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)|
About the Author
Don Bradshaw is Professor of Zoology at The University of Western Australia, Perth.
Table of ContentsIntroduction; 1. Homeostasis: a fundamental organising paradigm in ecophysiology; 2. Stress - the concept and the reality; 3. Basic methods used in ecophysiological studies; 4. Turnover methodology - theory and practice; 5. Case studies of stress - incidence and intensity; 6. Survival in deserts; 7. Torpor and hibernation in cold climates; 8. Marine birds and mammals; 9. Conclusion.