Environmental physiology of animals / Pat Willmer, Graham Stone, Ian Johnston.

Author
Published
  • Malden, MA : Blackwell Science ©2000
Physical description
x, 644 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 28 cm
ISBN
  • 063203517X
  • 9780632035175
Notes
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Audience
  • Specialized.
Contents
  • 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.
Genre
  • Bibliography
  • Illustrated
  • text
Language
  • English

Summary

  • "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.

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