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Author Willmer, Pat, 1953-
Title Environmental physiology of animals / Pat Willmer, Graham Stone, Ian Johnston
Imprint Malden, MA : Blackwell Science, ©2000
book jacket
 Life Sci. LIB  QP82 W737e 2000    AVAILABLE    30150100381935
Descript x, 644 pages, [10] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 28 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
The Nature and Levels of Adaptation -- Introduction: comparative, environmental and evolutionary physiology -- The meaning of 'environment' -- The meaning of 'adaptation' -- Comparative methods to detect adaptation -- Physiological response on different scales -- Fundamental Mechanisms of Adaptation -- Introduction: adaptation at the molecular and genome level -- Controlling protein action -- Control of protein synthesis and degradation -- Protein evolution -- Physiological regulation of gene expression -- The Problems of Size and Scale -- The principle of similarity: isometric scaling -- Allometric scaling -- The scaling of metabolic rate -- Scaling of locomotion -- Conclusions: is there a right size to be? -- Central Issues in Comparative Physiology -- Water, Ions and Osmotic Physiology -- Aqueous solutions -- Passive movements of water and solutes -- Non-passive solute movements -- Concentrations of cell contents -- Overall regulation of cell contents -- Animal Water Balance, Osmoregulation and Excretion -- Exchanges occurring at the outer body surface -- Osmoregulation at external surfaces -- Osmoregulatory organs and their excretory products -- Water regulation via the gut -- Regulation of respiratory water exchanges -- Water loss in reproductive systems -- Water gain -- The costs and energetics of regulating water and ion balance -- Roles of nervous systems and hormones -- Metabolism and Energy Supply -- Metabolic intermediaries -- Anaerobic metabolism -- Aerobic metabolism -- Metabolic rates -- Energy budgets
"This new text provides a fresh approach to the subject of animal physiology, truly integrating comparative and environmental aspects for the first time. The book is divided into three sections: the first covers the basic principles of adaptation and problems of size and scale; the second tackles the key mechanisms in comparative physiology; and the third considers in detail how organisms (both vertebrate and invertebrate) cope with particular environments. Throughout this final section, relevant comparative aspects are given prominence in boxes so that interesting topics can be explored in greater depth."
"This is a core text for modern undergraduate courses in animal physiology, comparative physiology, environmental physiology and physiological ecology. It is also suitable for the physiological components of any animal biology course, and a key resource for degree courses in environmental biology."--Jacket
Subject Adaptation (Physiology)
Physiology, Comparative
Alt Author Stone, G
Johnston, Ian A
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