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Chapter 4 Stress and the geographic distribution of marine and terrestrial animals

DOI: 10.1016/s1568-1254(00)80006-6
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Medicine


Publisher Summary Understanding the relationship between the distribution of organisms and climate will involve an understanding of their underlying physiology, as well as their population dynamics and its spatial heterogeneity. Few physiologists or biochemists examining the effects of abiotic extremes on organism function would hesitate to justify the biological significance of their work. Examinations of biochemical, cellular, and whole-organism responses to stress can provide considerable insight into the ways in which animals manage to survive and often reproduce, under environmental extremes. The chapter presents an indication to physiologists and biochemists, concerned with stress, of the broader importance of their work to the ecological community.

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