5. Life History

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

Published Online: 27 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119968535.ch5

Metabolic Ecology: A Scaling Approach

Metabolic Ecology: A Scaling Approach

How to Cite

Sibly, R. M. (2012) Life History, 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.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Reading, UK

  2. 2

    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Reading, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671535

Online ISBN: 9781119968535



  • life history;
  • life history of organism;
  • MTE, basic mechanistic explanation;
  • life histories, changing with body size;
  • metabolic theory of ecology;
  • MTE, and how life-history characters vary;
  • timing of life history in mammals;
  • production rate;
  • maximum population growth rate;
  • evolutionary considerations


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Summary

  • Introduction

  • Predicting How Life Histories Change with Body Size

  • What is a Life History?

  • Data

  • Evolutionary Considerations

  • Conclusions