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Insect Physiological Ecology: Mechanisms and Patterns

Steven L. Chown and Sue Nicolson


This book provides a modern, synthetic overview of interactions between insects and their environments from a physiological perspective that integrates information across a range of approaches and scales. It shows that evolved physiological responses at the individual level are translated into coherent physiological and ecological patterns at larger, even global scales. This is done by examining in detail the ways in which insects obtain resources from the environment, process these resources in various ways, and turn the results into energy which allows them to regulate their internal environ ... More

Keywords: cold hardiness, evolutionary physiology, biodiversity, macrophysiology, metabolic rate, nutritional ecology, osmotic regulation, scaling, thermal biology, thermoregulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198515494
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515494.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven L. Chown, author
Department of Zoology, University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602, South Africa

Sue Nicolson, author
Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa