- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (April 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470671521
- ISBN-13: 978-0470671528
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,162,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Metabolic Ecology: A Scaling Approach 1st Edition
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“The book is copiously illustrated, and the complex mathematics limited and treated discreetly so the nonmathematician can follow the logic. A necessary read for ecologists. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (Choice, 1 November 2012)
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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. Therefore, 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 undergraduates 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. This is an authoritative treatment that will inspire future generations to study metabolic ecology.
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The field of metabolic ecology is a young and growing branch of ecology that shows great promise. This is probably both the gentlest and broadest introduction to the topic. Since there are multiple authors, its unsurprising that some chapters are written better than others. For a great overview read those written by Jim Brown. For examples of its application to specific fields and questions, peruse the other chapters. If you are interested in macroecology, ecological energetics, or big theories in ecology, this is a worthwhile investment.