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Tempests, Poxes, Predators, and People: Stress in Wild Animals and How They Cope

L.Michael Romero and John C. Wingfield


The concept of stress, both in biology and in medicine, has captivated scientists for over a century. It has been established that stress can be detrimental and can lead to disease, but the responses to stress can also be beneficial under certain conditions. Although scientists have discovered many fundamental physiological and behavioral mechanisms that comprise the stress response, most of current knowledge is based on laboratory experiments using domesticated or captive animals. Much of this knowledge has proven useful, and often medically relevant. Scientists are only beginning, however, t ... More

Keywords: stress, biology, medicine, Anthropocene, environment, conservation, habitat

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780195366693
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366693.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L.Michael Romero, author
Professor of Biology, Tufts University

John C. Wingfield, author
Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and Endowed Chair in Physiology, University of California, Davis