© 1980

Biophysical Ecology


Part of the Springer Advanced Texts in Life Sciences book series (SATLIFE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. David M. Gates
    Pages 1-11
  3. David M. Gates
    Pages 12-24
  4. David M. Gates
    Pages 25-56
  5. David M. Gates
    Pages 57-74
  6. David M. Gates
    Pages 75-95
  7. David M. Gates
    Pages 96-147
  8. David M. Gates
    Pages 148-180
  9. David M. Gates
    Pages 268-306
  10. David M. Gates
    Pages 307-344
  11. David M. Gates
    Pages 345-381
  12. David M. Gates
    Pages 382-462
  13. David M. Gates
    Pages 463-489
  14. David M. Gates
    Pages 490-526
  15. David M. Gates
    Pages 527-569
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 570-611

About this book


The objective of this book is to make analytical methods available to students of ecology. The text deals with concepts of energy exchange, gas exchange, and chemical kinetics involving the interactions of plants and animals with their environments. The first four chapters are designed to show the applications of biophysical ecology in a preliminary, sim­ plified manner. Chapters 5-10, treating the topics of radiation, convec­ tion, conduction, and evaporation, are concerned with the physical environment. The spectral properties of radiation and matter are thoroughly described, as well as the geometrical, instantaneous, daily, and annual amounts of both shortwave and longwave radiation. Later chapters give the more elaborate analytical methods necessary for the study of photosynthesis in plants and energy budgets in animals. The final chapter describes the temperature responses of plants and animals. The discipline of biophysical ecology is rapidly growing, and some important topics and references are not included due to limitations of space, cost, and time. The methodology of some aspects of ecology is illustrated by the subject matter of this book. It is hoped that future students of the subject will carry it far beyond its present status. Ideas for advancing the subject matter of biophysical ecology exceed individual capacities for effort, and even today, many investigators in ecology are studying subjects for which they are inadequately prepared. The potential of modern science, in the minds and hands of skilled investigators, to of the interactions of organisms with their advance our understanding environment is enormous.


Biophysik biophysics ecology environment temperature Ökologie

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Biological StationUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biophysical Ecology
  • Authors D. M. Gates
  • Series Title Springer Advanced Texts in Life Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-90414-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-6026-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-6024-0
  • Series ISSN 0172-6226
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 611
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ecology
    Biological and Medical Physics, Biophysics
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