2. The Metabolic Theory of Ecology and Its Central Equation

  1. Richard M. Sibly1,
  2. James H. Brown2 and
  3. Astrid Kodric-Brown2
  1. James H. Brown2 and
  2. Richard M. Sibly1

Published Online: 27 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119968535.ch2

Metabolic Ecology: A Scaling Approach

Metabolic Ecology: A Scaling Approach

How to Cite

Brown, J. H. and Sibly, R. M. (2012) The Metabolic Theory of Ecology and Its Central Equation, in Metabolic Ecology: A Scaling Approach (eds R. M. Sibly, J. H. Brown and A. Kodric-Brown), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119968535.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Reading, UK

  2. 2

    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Reading, UK

  2. 2

    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671535

Online ISBN: 9781119968535

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Keywords:

  • metabolic theory of ecology, central equation;
  • metabolic rate, varying with body size, temperature;
  • Arrhenius formulation, and temperature dependence;
  • central equations of metabolic ecology;
  • models, of WBE West, Brown, and Enquist;
  • idealized theory and biological realism;
  • changes in blood velocity, heart to capillary;
  • allometric scaling of metabolic rate;
  • effect of temperature;
  • incorporating stoichiometry

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Summary

  • Introduction

  • The Central Equation of Metabolic Ecology

  • Analyzing, Plotting, and Evaluating Data

  • The Models of West, Brown, and Enquist

  • The Effect of Body Size and the Riddle of Quarter–Power Scaling

  • The Effect of Temperature

  • Incorporating Stoichiometry

  • Conclusion