Conceptual Breakthroughs in Comparative Physiology focuses on milestones and research achievements in comparative animal physiology. The book looks at the future of the field, illustrating how advances in technology continue to help us understand how animals work and adapt to their environments. Written by a leading expert in comparative physiology, the book follows the chronological order of discoveries and developments in the field. It covers the origins of comparative physiology in the 16th century, moving on to describe new topics such as developmental, diving and renal physiology. In addition, it examines new developments in ecological physiology and the birth of evolutionary physiology.
This is an essential resource for undergraduates, graduate students and researchers interested in physiology with its comprehensive synopsis on the field's foundational history and significant advances.
- Provides a single-source, historical overview of the field
- Examines more than 70 significant achievements in the history of comparative animal physiology
- Written in a comprehensive and easy-to-read format
1. Early history 1500-1920 2. The Golden Age 1940-1987 3. The effects of body size 4. Energy intake and utilization 5. Temperature regulation 6. Developmental Physiology 7. Form and function of the vertebrate cardiovascular system 8. Respiratory models 9. Diving physiology 10. Biochemistry and metabolism 11. Locomotion and biomechanics 12. Hypoxia and anoxia tolerance 13. Desert physiology 14. Renal physiology 15. Specific dynamic action 16. Acid-base regulation alpha-stat vs. pH-stat 17. Evolution of endothermy 18. Hemoglobin variants and the environment 19. Symmorphosis -the concept of optimal design 20. Contributions of the Field Stations 21. Friday Harbor 22. Mt Desert Island 23. Woods Hole 24. Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Alpha Helix 25. McMurdo Station 26. The End of Adaptationism 27. Post -Spandrels 28. New Directions in Ecological Physiology 29. Phylogenetic analysis 30. The birth of Evolutionary physiology 31. The modern era-21st Century 32. Climate change and organismal physiology 33. The Molecular Revolution-genomes for all 34. Biosensors 35. The Future-Integration, evolution, and alternative models
Dr. James Hicks currently serves as a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of California Irvine. He received his M.S. in Biology and later his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Dr Hicks is a member of the American Physiological Society, the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, and the Society for Experimental Biology. He has authored and contributed to numerous publications on animal physiology and ecology. Internationally, he is currently a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee for the University of Aarhus in Denmark.
Dr. Tobias Wang is a professor of Zoophysiology at Aarhus University. He is interested in how animals function and how they have adapted to the environments where they live. Being trained as a biologist, he takes an evolutionary approach to understand the evolution of physiological systems amongst vertebrates, and collaborate widely with medical physiologist and molecular biologists in my studies on heart function in various animals.