Environmental Physiology of Animals 2nd Edition

Environmental Physiology of Animals 2nd Edition
Author: Pat Willmer, Graham Stone & Ian Johnston
Release at: 2005
Pages: 779
Edition: 2nd Edition
Language: English

Description of Environmental Physiology of Animals 2nd Edition

Environmental Physiology of Animals 2nd Edition by Pat Willmer, Graham Stone & Ian Johnston is a great book for study. The first edition of this book found a useful place in many libraries and on the shelves of teachers and students as a text for a wide range of undergraduate courses, and we are glad that our targeted market found it readable, interesting and suitably up-to-date in its approach. Our general aim of integrating animal physiology into a more holistic approach, one that includes both an ecological setting and an appreciation of the range of behavioral responses open to individual animals before specific physiological responses need to come into play, has clearly met a need and found a receptive audience.

However, we met with two general criticisms that, although not aimed at the content or the written style, were enough to put off some of the potential users. Firstly, many readers while appreciating the consistent style of illustration found the book visually rather dull. We have been able to address that in this second edition by adding a colour to the production, making the figures both clearer and we hope more attractive. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, many lecturers reported that they could not adopt this book as their core text for physiology courses because of the omission of material on excitable tissues and control systems. Leaving these topics out of the original book was a conscious decision designed to retain the strongly environmental flavour of the treatmentaafter all nerves, muscle and hormones are not inherently very variable between different habitats. Furthermore there are excellent treatments of nerve and muscle available at suitable levels in existing books on neurobiology.

This new edition will therefore provide a core text for students taking a wide range of physiological modules in colleges and universities, and it should also serve as a useful reference for many lecturers striving to keep updated on the interactions of animal physiology with their own related areas of ecology, behavior and environmental Biology.

Content of Environmental Physiology of Animals 2nd Edition


Chapter 1: The Nature and Levels of Adaptation

Chapter 2: Fundamental Mechanisms of Adaptation

Chapter 3: The Problems of Size and Scale


Chapter 4: Water, Ions, and Osmotic Physiology

Chapter 5: Animal Water Balance, Osmoregulation, and Excretion

Chapter 6: Metabolism and Energy Supply

Chapter 7: Respiration and Circulation

Chapter 8: Temperature and its Effects

Chapter 9: Excitable Tissues: Nervous Systems and Muscles

Chapter 10: Hormones and Chemical Control Systems


Chapter 11: Marine Life

Chapter 12: Shorelines and Estuaries

Chapter 13: Fresh Water

Chapter 14: Special Aquatic Habitats

Chapter 15: Terrestrial Life

Chapter 16: Extreme Terrestrial Habitats

Chapter 17: Parasitic Habitats


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