Metabolic Ecology: A Scaling Approach

Metabolic Ecology: A Scaling Approach

Editor(s): Richard M. Sibly, James H. Brown, Astrid Kodric-Brown

Published Online: 27 MAR 2012 10:19PM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470671535

Online ISBN: 9781119968535

DOI: 10.1002/9781119968535

About this Book

One of the first textbooks in this emerging important field of ecology.


Most of ecology is about metabolism: the ways that organisms use energy and materials. The energy requirements of individuals - their metabolic rates - vary predictably with their body size and temperature. Ecological interactions are exchanges of energy and materials between organisms and their environments. So metabolic rate affects ecological processes at all levels: individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems. Each chapter focuses on a different process, level of organization, or kind of organism. It lays a conceptual foundation and presents empirical examples. Together, the chapters provide an integrated framework that holds the promise for a unified theory of ecology.

The book is intended to be accessible to upper-level undergraduate, and graduate students, but also of interest to senior scientists. Its easy-to-read chapters and clear illustrations can be used in lecture and seminar courses. Together they make for an authoritative treatment that will inspire future generations to study metabolic ecology.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Foundations

    1. Chapter 1

      Methodological Tools (pages 7–20)

      Ethan P. White, Xiao Xiao, Nick J. B. Isaac and Richard M. Sibly

    2. Chapter 6

      Behavior (pages 67–76)

      April Hayward, James F. Gillooly and Astrid Kodric-Brown

    3. Chapter 7

      Population and Community Ecology (pages 77–85)

      Nick J. B. Isaac, Chris Carbone and Brian McGill

    4. Chapter 9

      Ecosystems (pages 99–111)

      Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira and Peter M. Vitousek

  2. Part II: Selected Organisms and Topics

    1. Chapter 19

      Parasites (pages 234–247)

      Ryan F. Hechinger, Kevin D. Lafferty and Armand M. Kuris

    2. Chapter 20

      Human ecology (pages 248–257)

      Marcus J. Hamilton, Oskar Burger and Robert S. Walker

  3. Part III: Practical Applications

    1. Chapter 21

      Marine Ecology and Fisheries (pages 259–270)

      Simon Jennings, Ken H. Andersen and Julia L. Blanchard

    2. Chapter 23

      Climate Change (pages 280–292)

      Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira, Felisa A. Smith and S. K. Morgan Ernest

    3. Chapter 24

      Beyond Biology (pages 293–301)

      Melanie E. Moses and Stephanie Forrest

    4. Chapter 25

      Synthesis and Prospect (pages 302–305)

      James H. Brown, Richard M. Sibly and Astrid Kodric-Brown

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