Thermal Adaptation: A Theoretical and Empirical Synthesis

Paperback | February 28, 2009

byMichael J. Angilletta

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Temperature profoundly impacts both the phenotypes and distributions of organisms. These thermal effects exert strong selective pressures on behaviour, physiology and life history when environmental temperatures vary over space and time. Despite temperature's significance, progress toward aquantitative theory of thermal adaptation has lagged behind empirical descriptions of patterns and processes. In this book, the author draws on theory from the more general discipline of evolutionary ecology to establish a framework for interpreting empirical studies of thermal biology. This novelsynthesis of theoretical and empirical work generates new insights about the process of thermal adaptation and points the way towards a more general theory. The threat of rapid climatic change on a global scale provides a stark reminder of the challenges that remain for thermal biologists and adds asense of urgency to this book's mission. Thermal Adaptation will benefit anyone who seeks to understand the relationship between environmental variation and phenotypic evolution. The book focuses on quantitative evolutionary models at the individual, population and community levels, and successfully integrates this theory with modernempirical approaches. By providing a synthetic overview of evolutionary thermal biology, this accessible text will appeal to both graduate students and established researchers in the fields of comparative, ecological, and evolutionary physiology. It will also interest the broader audience ofprofessional ecologists and evolutionary biologists who require a comprehensive review of this topic, as well as those researchers working on the applied problems of regional and global climate change.

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Temperature profoundly impacts both the phenotypes and distributions of organisms. These thermal effects exert strong selective pressures on behaviour, physiology and life history when environmental temperatures vary over space and time. Despite temperature's significance, progress toward aquantitative theory of thermal adaptation has ...

Michael Angilletta earned a B.S. in Biology from the College of New Jersey and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2000, he has been a Professor at Indiana State University, where he has conducted research in ecology and evolutionary biology. This research has resulted in more than 35 scientific papers which have appear...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.6 inPublished:February 28, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198570880

ISBN - 13:9780198570882

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Table of Contents

1. Evolutionary Thermal Biology2. Thermal Heterogeneity3. Thermal Sensitivity4. Thermoregulation5. Thermal Acclimation6. Temperature and the Life History7. Thermal Coadaptation8. Thermal Games9. Adaptation to Anthropogenic Climate ChangeReferencesIndex