Ecological Morphology: Integrative Organismal Biology
Ecological morphology examines the relation between an animal's anatomy and physiology—its form and function—and how the animal has evolved in and can inhabit a particular environment. Within the past few years, research in this relatively new area has exploded. Ecological Morphology is a synthesis of major concepts and a demonstration of the ways in which this integrative approach can yield rich and surprising results.
Through this interdisciplinary study, scientists have been able to understand, for instance, how bat wing design affects habitat use and bat diet; how the size of a predator affects its ability to capture and eat certain prey; and how certain mosquitoes have evolved physiologically and morphologically to tolerate salt-water habitats. Ecological Morphology also covers the history of the field, the role of the comparative method in studying adaptation, and the use of data from modern organisms for understanding the ecology of fossil communities.
This book provides an overview of the achievements and potential of ecological morphology for all biologists and students interested in the way animal design, ecology, and evolution interact.
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CONCEPTS ISSUES AND APPROACHES
Functional Morphology as a Tool
Adaptation Constraint and the Comparative
Evaluating the Adaptive Role
Allometric Aspects of PredatorPrey Interactions
Roles of Hydrodynamics in the Study of Life
Wing Design Flight Performance
Ecological Morphology of Locomotor Performance
The Role of Physiological Capacity Morphology
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A. F. Bennett ability adaptive allometry Amer analysis animals Anolis approach Arnold aspect ratio bats behavior Biol Biology biomechanical birds chap clade cladistic comparative constraints convergence correlated diversity echolocation Ecol ecological ecological morphology ecomorphological effects Emerson environment environmental etal evolution evolutionary evolved example extinction feeding fitness flight foraging fossil functional morphology Garland genetic habitat hemolymph heterochrony individuals interactions interspecific intertidal Jayne larvae Lauder limb length lizards locomotor performance Losos mammals measured metamorphosis methods morphological space mosquitoes natural selection niche norms of reaction Oecologia ontogenetic organismal organisms osmoconforming osmoregulation paedomorphosis patterns phenotypic plasticity phological phylogenetic phylogeny Physiol physiological Pianka population predator body predict prey body Princeton pumpkinseed Quantitative genetics R. B. Huey Reilly relationship relative reptiles Ricklefs role Sceloporus shape Sinervo snakes species sprint speed structure studies Syst taxa tion traits trophic University Press variables variation vertebrates Wainwright wave wave-swept wing loading Zool
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