Physiological Ecology Contents

  • Section One. Trade-offs and Species Distributions.
    Global distributions of biomes. Whittaker’s map. The relation between temperature and water, and climate diagrams. Resource limitation and Leibig’s law of the minimum.
  • Section Two: Adaptation vs. Acclimation.
    The difference between adaptation and acclimation to changing environments, and how to distinguish between those.
  • Section Three. Homeostasis.
    Heat balance and water balance, including the equations governing each.
  • Section Four. Metabolism.
    C3, C4, and CAM photosynthesis. Water uptake in plants. Nutrient ratios and ease of digestion.