Can respiratory physiology predict thermal niches?

Verberk, Wilco C. E. P., Bartolini, Fabrizio, Marshall, David J., Portner, Hans-O., Terblanche, John S., White, Craig R. and Giomi, Falco (2016) Can respiratory physiology predict thermal niches?. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1365 1: 73-88. doi:10.1111/nyas.12876

Author Verberk, Wilco C. E. P.
Bartolini, Fabrizio
Marshall, David J.
Portner, Hans-O.
Terblanche, John S.
White, Craig R.
Giomi, Falco
Title Can respiratory physiology predict thermal niches?
Journal name Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1749-6632
Publication date 2016-02-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/nyas.12876
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 1365
Issue 1
Start page 73
End page 88
Total pages 16
Place of publication Malden, MA United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Predicting species responses to global warming is the holy grail of climate change science. As temperature directly affects physiological rates, it is clear that a mechanistic understanding of species vulnerability should be grounded in organismal physiology. Here, we review what respiratory physiology can offer the field of thermal ecology, showcasing different perspectives on how respiratory physiology can help explain thermal niches. In water, maintaining adequate oxygen delivery to fuel the higher metabolic rates under warming conditions can become the weakest link, setting thermal tolerance limits. This has repercussions for growth and scaling of metabolic rate. On land, water loss is more likely to become problematic as long as O2 delivery and pH balance can be maintained, potentially constraining species in their normal activity. Therefore, high temperatures need not be lethal, but can still affect the energy intake of an animal, with concomitant consequences for long-term fitness. While respiratory challenges and adaptive responses are diverse, there are clear recurring elements such as oxygen uptake, CO2 excretion, and water homeostasis. We show that respiratory physiology has much to offer the field of thermal ecology and call for an integrative, multivariate view incorporating respiratory challenges, thermal responses, and energetic consequences. Fruitful areas for future research are highlighted.
Keyword Climate change
Metabolic rates
Oxygen limitation
Thermal biology
Water balance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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