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Animal AthletesAn Ecological and Evolutionary Approach$
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Duncan J. Irschick and Timothy E. Higham

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296545

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296545.001.0001

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The ecology of performance II

The ecology of performance II

Performance in nature

(p.47) 3 The ecology of performance II
Animal Athletes

Duncan J. Irschick

Timothy E. Higham

Oxford University Press

Although studying animal performance traits in controlled laboratory settings is critical for establishing mechanistic relationships between form and function, it is also important to study these traits in the field. Novel portable technologies such as satellite tags and accelerometers are now allowing scientists to explore the hidden world of animals with increasing ease. This chapter examines how such technologies make it possible to ask whether animals perform as well in nature as under “optimal” laboratory conditions and also whether some performance traits may be far less important than previously thought. The chapter covers a variety of examples, including sharks, lizards, marine mammals, and birds, among others.

Keywords:   satellite tag, accelerometer, shark, marine mammal, laboratory, field

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