Determining environmental causes of biological effects: The need for a mechanistic physiological dimension in conservation biology

Seebacher, Frank and Franklin, Craig E. (2012) Determining environmental causes of biological effects: The need for a mechanistic physiological dimension in conservation biology. Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions B. Biological Sciences, 367 1596: 1607-1614. doi:10.1098/rstb.2012.0036


Author Seebacher, Frank
Franklin, Craig E.
Title Determining environmental causes of biological effects: The need for a mechanistic physiological dimension in conservation biology
Journal name Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions B. Biological Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-8436
1471-2970
Publication date 2012-06
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1098/rstb.2012.0036
Volume 367
Issue 1596
Start page 1607
End page 1614
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher The Royal Society Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The emerging field of Conservation Physiology links environmental change and ecological success by the application of physiological theory, approaches and tools to elucidate and address conservation problems. Human activity has changed the natural environment to a point where the viability of many ecosystems is now under threat. There are already many descriptions of how changes in biological patterns are correlated with environmental changes. The next important step is to determine the causative relationship between environmental variability and biological systems. Physiology provides the mechanistic link between environmental change and ecological patterns. Physiological research, therefore, should be integrated into conservation to predict the biological consequences of human activity, and to identify those species or populations that are most vulnerable.
Keyword Global change
Climate change
Land clearing
Adaptation
Acclimation
Ecological success
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes One contribution of 13 to a Theme Issue ‘Conservation physiology: integrating physiological mechanisms with ecology and evolution to predict responses of organisms to environmental change’.

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Sub-type: Editorial
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