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Metabolic ecology : a scaling approach

"Most of ecology is about metabolism: the ways that organisms use energy and materials. The energy requirements of individuals - their metabolic rates - 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"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2012
Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex, 2012
xv, 375 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm
9780470671535, 9780470671528, 047067153X, 0470671521
Notes on contributors vii Preface xiv Introduction: Metabolism as the basis for a theoretical unification of ecology 1James H. Brown, Richard M. Sibly, and Astrid Kodric-Brown Part I Foundations 7 1 Methodological tools 9Ethan P. White, Xiao Xiao, Nick J. B. Isaac, and Richard M. Sibly 2 The metabolic theory of ecology and its central equation 21James H. Brown and Richard M. Sibly 3 Stoichiometry 34Michael Kaspari 4 Modeling metazoan growth and ontogeny 48Andrew J. Kerkhoff 5 Life history 57Richard M. Sibly 6 Behavior 67April Hayward, James F. Gillooly, and Astrid Kodric-Brown 7 Population and community ecology 77Nick J.B. Isaac, Chris Carbone, and Brian Mcgill 8 Predator–prey relations and food webs 86Owen L. Petchey and Jennifer A. Dunne 9 Ecosystems 99Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira and Peter M. Vitousek 10 Rates of metabolism and evolution 112John L. Gittleman and Patrick R. Stephens 11 Biodiversity and its energetic and thermal controls 120David Storch Part II Selected Organisms and Topics 133 12 Microorganisms 135Jordan G. Okie 13 Phytoplankton 154Elena Litchman 14 Land plants: new theoretical directions and empirical prospects 164Brian J. Enquist and Lisa Patrick Bentley 15 Marine invertebrates 188Mary I. O’connor and John F. Bruno 16 Insect metabolic rates 198James S. Waters and Jon F. Harrison 17 Terrestrial vertebrates 212William Karasov 18 Seabirds and marine mammals 225Daniel P. Costa and Scott A. Shaffer 19 Parasites 234Ryan F. Hechinger, Kevin D. Lafferty, and Armand M. Kuris 20 Human ecology 248Marcus J. Hamilton, Oskar Burger, and Robert S. Walker Part III Practical Applications 259 21 Marine ecology and fisheries 261Simon Jennings, Ken H. Andersen, and Julia L. Blanchard 22 Conservation biology 271Alison G. Boyer and Walter Jetz 23 Climate change 280Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira, Felisa A. Smith, and S. K. Morgan Ernest 24 Beyond biology 293Melanie E. Moses and Stephanie Forrest 25 Synthesis and prospect 302James H. Brown, Richard M. Sibly, and Astrid Kodric-Brown Glossary 306 References 309 Index 361
"This book is accompanied by a companion website: With figures and tables from the book for downloading, together with updates and additional resources"--Title page verso