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Vertebrate Ecophysiology: An Introduction to its Principles and Applications

By: Don Bradshaw

287 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs, 29 tabs, maps

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Apr 2003 | #136843 | ISBN: 0521521092
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Hardback | Apr 2003 | #136840 | ISBN: 0521817978
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About this book

Ecophysiology attempts to clarify the role and importance of physiological processes in the ecological relations of species in their natural habitats. The basic principles and methods that are central to any ecophysiological study are outlined and discussed, including animal capture, blood collection, and the measurement of plasma components and hormone levels. Animal welfare and ethical considerations are discussed. Case studies are used to examine the question of stress and how to identify its presence in animals in their natural environment. Examples are given from a wide range of vertebrates living in deserts, cold climates and oceans. Includes recent findings on the physiological adaptations of Antarctic birds and mammals.

This is a well-written, concise, inexpensive, and practical book that will be of value to all ecophysiological researchers. It will also assist those involved in wildlife management, as the techniques covered in this volume are becoming increasingly common in the field. The Quarterly Review of Biology "This book serves its purpose well--it provides an excellent introduction to the science and methodology of ecophysiology. It will be an important asset to students and beginning practitioners of this important scientific discipline. Highly recommended." Choice


Introduction; 1. Homeostasis: a fundamental organising paradigm in ecophysiology; 2. Stress - the concept and the reality; 3. Basic methods used in ecophysiological studies; 4. Turnover methodology - theory and practice; 5. Case studies of stress - incidence and intensity; 6. Survival in deserts; 7. Torpor and hibernation in cold climates; 8. Marine birds and mammals; 9. Conclusion.

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Don Bradshaw is Professor of Zoology at The University of Western Australia, Perth.

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