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Thermal Adaptation

A Theoretical and Empirical Synthesis

By Jr. Angilletta, Michael J.

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Format: Hardcover, 289 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 April 2009
Temperature profoundly impacts both the phenotypes and distributions of organisms. These thermal effects exert strong selective pressures on behaviour, physiology and life history when environmental temperatures vary over space and time. Despite temperature's significance, progress toward a quantitative theory of thermal adaptation has lagged behind empirical descriptions of patterns and processes. In this book, the author draws on theory from the more general discipline of evolutionary ecology to establish a framework for interpreting empirical studies of thermal biology. This novel synthesis of theoretical and empirical work generates new insights about the process of thermal adaptation and points the way towards a more general theory. The threat of rapid climatic change on a global scale provides a stark reminder of the challenges that remain for thermal biologists and adds a sense of urgency to this book's mission. Thermal Adaptation will benefit anyone who seeks to understand the relationship between environmental variation and phenotypic evolution. The book focuses on quantitative evolutionary models at the individual, population and community levels, and successfully integrates this theory with modern empirical approaches. By providing a synthetic overview of evolutionary thermal biology, this accessible text will appeal to both graduate students and established researchers in the fields of comparative, ecological, and evolutionary physiology. It will also interest the broader audience of professional ecologists and evolutionary biologists who require a comprehensive review of this topic, as well as those researchers working on the applied problems of regional and global climate change.

Table of Contents

1. Evolutionary Thermal Biology ; 2. Thermal Heterogeneity ; 3. Thermal Sensitivity ; 4. Thermoregulation ; 5. Thermal Acclimation ; 6. Temperature and the Life History ; 7. Thermal Coadaptation ; 8. Thermal Games ; 9. Adaptation to Anthropogenic Climate Change ; References ; Index

About the Author

Michael Angilletta earned a B.S. in Biology from the College of New Jersey and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2000, he has been a professor at Indiana State University, where he has conducted research in ecology and evolutionary biology. This research has resulted in more than 35 scientific papers which have appeared in journals such as Ecology, Evolution, and The American Naturalist.


The author provides the toolbox researchers need while, at the same time, offering a stimulating read. * The Quarterly Review of Biology * I recommend this fascinating book without hesitation to anyone with an interest in thermal biology. Michael Angilettas book is a delightful read and provides an interesting and detailed account of current knowledge in thermal biology. Students and researchers alike will find the volume useful and interesting and it should be an important, if not indispensable, introductory volume and reference for years to come. * Integrative and Comparative Biology * This book is broad in scope and far-reaching in its implications; every forward-thinking ecologist with some theoretical aptitude should consider what it offers. * Bulletin of the British Ecological Society * Angilletta's enthusiam is infectious and justified - without a doubt, thermal adaptation is back on the evolutionary agenda. * Evolution *

EAN: 9780198570875
ISBN: 0198570872
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Dimensions: 24.64 x 19.05 x 2.03 centimetres (0.86 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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