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The Flexible Phenotype: A Body-Centred Integration of Ecology, Physiology, and Behavior. van Gils. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. 256 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-959724-6. Instead, this is a book mostly about flexible phenotypes of vertebrate animals, about how the behavior, physiology, and morphology of animals ­respond to ­environmental variability and predictability. The majority of examples are from birds, especially the Red Knot, but there are enough examples from other critters (barnacles and Daphnia to astronauts and cosmonauts) to satisfy many animal ecologists.

Theunis Piersma; Jan A. The Cond or 114(2):432–433. The Cooper Ornithological Societ y 2012. The Flexible Phenotype: A Body-Centred Integration of. Ecology, Physiology, and Behavior. Theunis Piersma and Jan. A. Scientists write books for a variety of reasons, including. to garner some freedom from the too often suffocating world.

Printed in USA. The Flexible Phenotype: A Body-Centred Integration of Ecology, Physiology and Behaviour . to encompass examples from other taxa, and the book is packed full of interesting comparative information. Oxford University Press, New York. pp. ISBN to encompass examples from other taxa, and the book is packed full of interesting comparative information. Clear, and sometimes comic, diagrams, very much in the Dutch style set by Rudi Drent (to whom the book is dedicated), are used to good eect through-out. There are also a few boxes in which particular issues or con-cepts, such as allometry and Basal Metabolic Rate, are explored in a bit more depth.

The Flexible Phenotype attempts a true synthesis of animal physiology, behavior, and ecology by developing an empirical argument that .

The Flexible Phenotype attempts a true synthesis of animal physiology, behavior, and ecology by developing an empirical argument that describes the intimate connections between animal phenotype and environment.

The Flexible Phenotype attempts a true synthesis of physiology, behaviour, and ecology by developing an empirical argument that .

The Flexible Phenotype attempts a true synthesis of physiology, behaviour, and ecology by developing an empirical argument that describes the intimate connections between phenotypes and their environments.

With their new book, Piersma and van Gils clearly demonstrate mastery not only at the three components of their integration, but also at the very process of integration, which is long overdue to be recognized as a trade in and of itself

With their new book, Piersma and van Gils clearly demonstrate mastery not only at the three components of their integration, but also at the very process of integration, which is long overdue to be recognized as a trade in and of itself. - Keith W. Sockman, Department of Biology and Curriculum in Neurobiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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The flexible phenotype: a body-centred integration of ecology, physiology, and behaviour. T Piersma, JA Van Gils. Oxford University Press, 2011. ke lindström, t piersma. Ibis 135 (1), 70-78, 1993.

A Body-Centred Integration of Ecology, Physiology, and Behaviour. van Gils

A Body-Centred Integration of Ecology, Physiology, and Behaviour. Develops an argument for a more integrated approach to evolutionary ecology, based on examples from long term, comprehensive studies of physiology, behaviour, and ecology. This book is not simply a list of examples of how integration has helped us understand some behavioral problem; rather, it is more of a guide for using integration to investigate behavior as a vehicle for phenotypic flexibility. The integration that facilitates this process is difficult to practice.

The Flexible Phenotype : A Body-Centred Integration of Ecology, Physiology, and Behaviour. by Theunis Piersma and Jan A.

The Flexible Phenotype attempts a true synthesis of animal physiology, behavior, and ecology by developing an empirical argument that describes the intimate connections between animal phenotype and environment. It starts with a synthesis of the principles guiding current research in ecophysiology, behavior, and ecology, illustrating each aspect with the detailed results of empirical work on as wide a range of organisms as possible. The integrated story of the flexible phenotype is weaved throughout the book on the basis of the authors' long-term research program on migrant shorebirds and their invertebrate prey. These birds travel vast distances from one environment to another, and the changing nature of their bodies reflects the varied selection pressures experienced in these very different locations. In essence, the authors argue for the existence of direct, measurable, links between phenotype and ecology. Their book outlines a more encompassing approach to evolutionary ecology, based on first principles in physiology, behavior, and ecology. It aspires to encourage a further integration of ecology and physiology, as well as fostering a collaborative research agenda between ecologists and physiologists.

The Flexible Phenotype: A Body-Centred Integration of Ecology, Physiology, and Behaviour epub download

ISBN13: 978-0199597246

ISBN: 0199597243

Author: Jan A. van Gils,Theunis Piersma

Category: Other

Subcategory: Science & Mathematics

Language: English

Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 30, 2010)

Pages: 248 pages

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Rating: 4.8

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Olelifan
The phenotype is definitely at the center of this exploration, and the insights just keep coming. The excitement that the authors have is palpable, and this stems in part from their chosen species of study - red knots, a migratory shorebird that makes four migrations a year from Africa to the Arctic with a stop in the Dutch tidal flats (for their subspecies). Red knots thus have highly variable phenotypes that can be measured thermally, energetically, chemically coming and going as behavioral intakes, storage, costs, and outputs. The red knots form the "empirical backbone" of the book, but each facet of phenotypic flexibility (as opposed to plasticity which is less reversible over the life cycle) leads across large seas of literature, other relevant species, and open-ended theorizing. Their analysis leads them to support an inseparability of bodies and environments. The arguments, the graphs, the studies cited, and the clarity of the exposition at less than 200 pages makes for a gem of a book that pushes the radical end of the envelope in the evo-devo discussion.

Delightful and expansive.

Parenthetically, I find it confusing that the paperback edition shows such a strikingly different cover with what appears to be a library. My hardback cover has the birds in flight at the top as does the hardback image posted on Amazon. Postscript -- after writing this review from the hardback library copy, I decided that this book was so good that it was worth keeping. I bought the paperback copy from Amazon, and the paperback cover is not as it appears on Amazon (interior of a classic library) but is like the cover of the hardback (birds on top, barnacle on bottom).
Olelifan
The phenotype is definitely at the center of this exploration, and the insights just keep coming. The excitement that the authors have is palpable, and this stems in part from their chosen species of study - red knots, a migratory shorebird that makes four migrations a year from Africa to the Arctic with a stop in the Dutch tidal flats (for their subspecies). Red knots thus have highly variable phenotypes that can be measured thermally, energetically, chemically coming and going as behavioral intakes, storage, costs, and outputs. The red knots form the "empirical backbone" of the book, but each facet of phenotypic flexibility (as opposed to plasticity which is less reversible over the life cycle) leads across large seas of literature, other relevant species, and open-ended theorizing. Their analysis leads them to support an inseparability of bodies and environments. The arguments, the graphs, the studies cited, and the clarity of the exposition at less than 200 pages makes for a gem of a book that pushes the radical end of the envelope in the evo-devo discussion.

Delightful and expansive.

Parenthetically, I find it confusing that the paperback edition shows such a strikingly different cover with what appears to be a library. My hardback cover has the birds in flight at the top as does the hardback image posted on Amazon. Postscript -- after writing this review from the hardback library copy, I decided that this book was so good that it was worth keeping. I bought the paperback copy from Amazon, and the paperback cover is not as it appears on Amazon (interior of a classic library) but is like the cover of the hardback (birds on top, barnacle on bottom).
Hanelynai
Based on what I was able to read, the book is quite worth reading, but unfortunately the Kindle edition was defective (navigation, page-turn problems). Even after a loooong tech support call and numerous re-downloads, etc., the problems remained and I was forced to return it. (Only time this has ever happened with a Kindle edition.)
Hanelynai
Based on what I was able to read, the book is quite worth reading, but unfortunately the Kindle edition was defective (navigation, page-turn problems). Even after a loooong tech support call and numerous re-downloads, etc., the problems remained and I was forced to return it. (Only time this has ever happened with a Kindle edition.)
MegaStar
The authors offer and authoritative yet highly readable work which helps integrate traditional concepts from developmental biology with emerging information from the world of epigenetics. The many colorful examples and engaging writing style help reinforce the powerful contribution environments have in shaping developing and adult animals--- human or otherwise. I will be recommending the book to my evolutionary medicine students.
B NATTERSON-HOROWITZ, MD
MegaStar
The authors offer and authoritative yet highly readable work which helps integrate traditional concepts from developmental biology with emerging information from the world of epigenetics. The many colorful examples and engaging writing style help reinforce the powerful contribution environments have in shaping developing and adult animals--- human or otherwise. I will be recommending the book to my evolutionary medicine students.
B NATTERSON-HOROWITZ, MD
Tegore
A well written book that offers numerous examples, spanning multiple taxa. The chapters build nicely upon one another. Love all the Red Knot references (the authors focal species).
Tegore
A well written book that offers numerous examples, spanning multiple taxa. The chapters build nicely upon one another. Love all the Red Knot references (the authors focal species).
Manesenci
This book is an excellent textbook for anyone interested in physiology and environmental adaptation of animals. Instead of trying to cover all the aspects of ecological physiology the authors focus on their own reseach topic - birds for which anyone teaching animal ecophysiology can found interesting new examples for their lectures.

The text is extremely readable and anjoyable for which it's a pleasure to read outside office hours.
Manesenci
This book is an excellent textbook for anyone interested in physiology and environmental adaptation of animals. Instead of trying to cover all the aspects of ecological physiology the authors focus on their own reseach topic - birds for which anyone teaching animal ecophysiology can found interesting new examples for their lectures.

The text is extremely readable and anjoyable for which it's a pleasure to read outside office hours.