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Ecological Implications of Body Size

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ISBN-10: 052128886X

ISBN-13: 9780521288866

Edition: 1986

Authors: Robert Henry Peters, H. J. B. Birks, J. A. Wiens

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It is generally recognized that larger animals eat more, live longer, have larger offspring, and so on; but it is unusual to see these commonplace observations as a basis for scientific biology. A large number of empirically based relationships describe biological rates as simple functions of body size; and other such relations predict the intrinsic rate of population growth, animal speed, animal density, territory size, prey size, physiology, and morphology. Such equations almost always exist for mammals and birds, often for other vertebrates and invertebrates, sometimes for protozoa, algae, and bacteria, and occasionally even for plants. There are too many organisms to measure all aspects…    
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Book details

List price: $87.99
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/31/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

John P. Smol is a professor in the Biology Department at Queen's University (Canada), with a cross-appointment at the School of Environmental Studies. He co-directs the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL). Professor Smol is co-editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology and holds the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change.William M. Last is a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at University of Manitoba (Canada) and is co-editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology.

A philosophical introduction
The nature of scientific theory
Example: Daily sleep and body size in herbivorous mammals
Scientific crisis in ecology
A mathematical primer: Logarithms, power curves, and correlations
Basic tools
Regression analysis
The balanced growth equation
Interpretations and implications
Physiological correlates of size
Mammalian models of respiratory and circulatory physiology
Temperature and metabolic rate
Temperature, size, and metabolism: A regression model
The estimation of body temperature
The effects of ambient temperature
Other factors and other processes
Description of the metabolic costs of locomotion
Speeds of locomotion
Transport costs
Moving metabolic rates
Some basic properties
Other factors
Prey size
Production: Growth and reproduction
The scaling of life history
Population production
An individual production term for the balanced growth equation
Mass flow
The autecology of material flows
Nutrients and nutrient turnover
Animal abundance
The numerical density of individual species
Home range area
Community size structure
Other allometric relations
Animal behavior
Ecological economics
Allometric simulation models
The basic model
Two basic components of allometric explanations
Some allometric explanations