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Thermal Adaptation: A Theoretical and Empirical Synthesis

Michael J. Angilletta Jr.


Temperature pervasively impacts the phenotypes and distributions of organisms. These thermal effects generate strong selective pressures on behaviour, physiology, and life history when environmental temperatures vary over space and time. Despite this fact, progress toward a quantitative theory of thermal adaptation has lagged behind empirical descriptions of patterns and processes. This book draws on current evolutionary paradigms (optimization, quantitative genetics, and genetic algorithms) to establish a theory of thermal adaptation. It initially focuses on simple models that describe the ev ... More

Keywords: acclimation, adaptation, temperature, thermoregulation, performance curve, thermal sensitivity, phenotypic plasticity, climate change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780198570875
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570875.001.1


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Angilletta Jr., author
Indiana State University, USA