Wild animals survive in a variety of complex environments; they are exposed to predictable and unpredictable changes in their particular environment on a daily or seasonal basis. However, we live through times when almost all natural environments are undergoing relatively rapid change, and many of these changes, such as the pollution of air and water, removal of natural food sources, environment fragmentation, and climate change, are the result of human activity.
Animal Physiology: an environmental perspective shows how an understanding of the physiology of animals in their natural habitats helps us to understand not only how and why animals evolved the way they did, but how we can act to protect at least some of them from the extreme effects of the changes
affecting their environments.
Part One sets the foundation for the topics covered in the remainder of the book by introducing a range of fundamental processes that are essential to life. It considers the diversity of habitats on Earth in which animals live, and examines animal groups and their evolutionary relationships. It then explores the different feeding strategies used by animals to obtain the energy they require to carry out all the essential functions of life, and how animals convert the chemical energy in food
molecules into the energy they need to power all body functions. Finally, it explores the general properties of animal cells, and how animals maintain a suitable internal environment in which their cells are protected from external influences. We then examine those fundamental principles governing the
main exchanges between the cells within animals, and between an animal and its environment.
Parts two to four of the book explore how different organ systems - respiratory and circulatory systems, excretory organs and endocrine systems - enable animals to interact with their environment, and how environmental temperature profoundly affects the physiology of animals.
Part five considers how the sensory and nervous systems provide animals with information on their internal as well as their external environment, and how they, together with the endocrine system, are involved in the control and co-ordination of muscles, reproduction, salt and water balance, and the cardio-respiratory systems.
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"Very clearly explained. Easy and enjoyable to read." - Dr Sheena Cotter, University of Lincoln"The descriptions and explanations are excellent...the best I have read in a long time." - Professor William Velhagen, New York University"The emphasis on the environmental factors influencing physiological processes and the link from this to adaption to change is particularly helpful." - Dr Debbie Bartlett, University of Greenwich
PART ONE - ANIMALS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT1: The diversity of animals and their interactions with natural environments2: Energy metabolism - generating energy from food3: Cells, organisms and interactions with their environmentPART TWO - WATER AND SALTS4: Body fluid regulation: principles and processes5: Osmotic and ionic regulation in aquatic animals6: Water balance of land animals7: Kidneys and excretionPART THREE - TEMPERATURE8: Temperature and the principles of heat exchange9: Temperature regulation in ectotherms10: Temperature regulation in endothermsPART FOUR - OXYGEN11: The respiratory gases, gas exchange and transport: key characteristics and principles12: Respiratory systems: an overview13: Transport in respiratory systems, and acid-base balance14: Cardiovascular systems: an overview15: Environmental and behavioural influences on the cardio-respiratory systemPART FIVE - COORDINATION AND INTEGRATION16: Neurons, nerves and nervous systems: an overview17: How animals sense their environments18: Muscles and animal movement19: Hormones20: Reproduction21: Control of sodium, water, and calcium balance22: Integration of the respiratory and circulatory systems: rhythm generation and control