Ptilochronology: Feather time and the biology of birds by Thomas C. Grubb, Jr.Ptilochronology: Feather time and the biology of birds by Thomas C. Grubb, Jr.

Ptilochronology: Feather time and the biology of birds

byThomas C. Grubb, Jr.

Hardcover | July 29, 2006

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This is the first book to summarize the methods, conceptual issues and results of studies using the interpretation of feather growth rates as an index of nutritional condition in birds. The author has coined the term ptilochronology (literally, 'the study of feather time') to describe thistechnique, which relies on the fact that as a feather grows it produces visible growth bars. Both the technique and its conceptual foundations have been applied worldwide to numerous studies of avian evolution, ecology, and conservation biology. The author reviews this work, chronicles the variouscriticisms that have been made, and describes how these have influenced the development of ptilochronology. He goes on to suggest experimental methodologies and analytical techniques to safeguard against invalid results. A final chapter summarises this new technique's contribution to avian biology,and suggests potential applications and a future research agenda. An appendix details specific measurements and describes the methodology associated with ptilochronology. Ptilochronology provides a practical resource as well as a conceptual understanding of how this technique can be used to address important questions in avian biology. It will be of relevance and use to professional avian biologists and ornithologists as well as to graduate students of avianbehavioural ecology, evolution and conservation.
Thomas C Grubb, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Zoology at Ohio State University. He has had an interest in field biology since early childhood, when he was what he now calls a "log-turner", one who turns over logs out of curiosity about what might be underneath. He was astounded to discover that one could earn a living as a sophisticated...
Title:Ptilochronology: Feather time and the biology of birdsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:July 29, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199295506

ISBN - 13:9780199295500


Table of Contents

PrefacePart I. Basic Ptilochronology1. Introduction2. Can Reduced Nutritional Condition Really Cause Narrowed Growth Bars?3. Does Any Factor Other Than Nutritional Condition Control Feather Growth?Part II. Applied Ptilochronology4. Habitat Quality5. Nutritional Consequences of Self-cached Food6. Social Behavior7. Individual Quality8. Reproductive Effort9. Nestling Condition10. Prolonged Brood-Care11. Taking Stock and Looking AheadReferencesAppendix

Editorial Reviews

...this book brings together many published resources and we recommend it. Annika Samuelsen and Jim Quinn, McMaster University, Ontario. ISBE Newsletter, Volume 19, Issue 1 (Spring 2007)