Physiological ecology (animal)
Porter, Warren Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
- Methodology and scope
- Temperature regulation, energy metabolism, and energetics
- Water and osmotic balance
- Responses to stress
- Issues of constraints and trade-offs
- Links to Primary Literature
A discipline that combines the study of physiological processes, the functions of living organisms and their parts, with ecological processes that connect the individual organism with population dynamics and community structure. In the past, physiological ecology focused principally on physiological processes in isolation from each other and without strong quantitative connections to ecological processes. That focus is now rapidly changing into a dynamic quantitative and more integrated discipline. Physiological ecology reaches up to population dynamics and community structure and down to genetic phenomena influencing key endocrine functions affecting behavior, energetics, survival, reproduction, and fitness in diverse environments. See also: Population ecology
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