Coadaptation: A unifying principle in evolutionary thermal biology

Angilletta, M. J., Bennett, A. F., Guderley, H., Navas, C. A., Seebacher, F. and Wilson, R. S. (2006) Coadaptation: A unifying principle in evolutionary thermal biology. Physiological And Biochemical Zoology, 79 2: 282-294. doi:10.1086/499990

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Author Angilletta, M. J.
Bennett, A. F.
Guderley, H.
Navas, C. A.
Seebacher, F.
Wilson, R. S.
Title Coadaptation: A unifying principle in evolutionary thermal biology
Journal name Physiological And Biochemical Zoology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1522-2152
Publication date 2006-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1086/499990
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 79
Issue 2
Start page 282
End page 294
Total pages 13
Place of publication Chicago, IL United States
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
270599 Zoology not elsewhere classified
780100 Non-oriented Research
Abstract Over the last 50 yr, thermal biology has shifted from a largely physiological science to a more integrated science of behavior, physiology, ecology, and evolution. Today, the mechanisms that underlie responses to environmental temperature are being scrutinized at levels ranging from genes to organisms. From these investigations, a theory of thermal adaptation has emerged that describes the evolution of thermoregulation, thermal sensitivity, and thermal acclimation. We review and integrate current models to form a conceptual model of coadaptation. We argue that major advances will require a quantitative theory of coadaptation that predicts which strategies should evolve in specific thermal environments. Simply combining current models, however, is insufficient to understand the responses of organisms to thermal heterogeneity; a theory of coadaptation must also consider the biotic interactions that influence the net benefits of behavioral and physiological strategies. Such a theory will be challenging to develop because each organism's perception of and response to thermal heterogeneity depends on its size, mobility, and life span. Despite the challenges facing thermal biologists, we have never been more pressed to explain the diversity of strategies that organisms use to cope with thermal heterogeneity and to predict the consequences of thermal change for the diversity of communities.
Keyword Physiology
Cod Gadus-morhua
Locomotor Performance
Community Dynamics
Sceloporus Lizards
Fish Muscle
Behavioral Thermoregulation
Q-Index Code C1

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