Environmental temperature varies in time and space on timescales ranging from a few hours to long-term climate change. Organisms are therefore continually challenged to regulate and maintain functional capacities as their thermal environment changes. This volume brings together many of the leading workers in thermal biology, with backgrounds spanning the disciplines of molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, zoology, ecology and evolutionary biology, to discuss the responses of a wide range of species to temperature change at all scales of organization, ranging through the molecular, cellular, organismal, population and ecosystem levels. The volume provides an important and comprehensive contribution to the study of temperature adaptation, which, given the concern about global climate change, will provide much to interest a wide range of biologists.
Re-issue, originally published in 1996.
'... well written and absorbing ... It is rare that a book manages to bring together such a diverse assembly of researchers and produce as coherent an account as this. It can be recommended.' Mark Fellowes, Biologist
List of contributors; Preface; 1. Adaptation of biological membranes to temperature: biophysical perspectives and molecular mechanisms A. Y. Gracey, J. Logue, P. E. Tiku and A. R. Cossins; 2. Temperature adaptation: molecular aspects G. di Prisco and B. Giardina; 3. Stenotherms and eurytherms: mechanisms establishing thermal optima and tolerance ranges G. N. Somero and J. J. Lin; 4. Ecological and evolutionary physiology of stress proteins and the stress response: the Drosophila melanogaster model M. E. Feder; 5. Temperature adaptation and genetic polymorphism in aquatic animals A. J. S. Hawkins; 6. Phenotypic plasticity and evolutionary adaptations of mitochondria to temperature H. E. Guderley and J. St Pierre; 7. Temperature and ontogeny in ectotherms: muscle phenotype in fish I. A. Johnston, V. L. A. Vieira and J. Hill; 8. Ectotherm life-history responses to developmental temperature D. Atkinson; 9. Testing evolutionary hypotheses of acclimation R. B. Huey and D. Berrigan; 10. Experimental investigations of evolutionary adaptation to temperature J. A. Mongold, A. F. Bennett and R. E. Lenski; 11. Thermal evolution of ectotherm body size: why get big in the cold? L. Partridge and V. French; 12. Physiological correlates of daily torpor in hummingbirds J. E. P. W. Bicudo; 13. Development of thermoregulation in birds: physiology, interspecific variation and adaptation to climate Z. A. Eppley; 14. Evolution of endothermy in mammals, birds and their ancestors J. Ruben; 15. The influence of climate change on the distribution and evolution of organisms A. Clarke; Index.
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