Animal Adaptation to Cold

  • Lawrence C. H. Wang

Part of the Advances in Comparative and Environmental Physiology book series (COMPARATIVE, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. K. B. Storey, J. M. Storey
    Pages 51-82
  3. J. A. Boulant, M. C. Curras, J. B. Dean
    Pages 117-160
  4. R. D. Myers, T. F. Lee
    Pages 161-203
  5. R. L. Marsh, W. R. Dawson
    Pages 205-253
  6. R. A. MacArthur
    Pages 289-325
  7. D. D. Feist, R. G. White
    Pages 327-360
  8. D. M. Lavigne, R. J. Brooks, D. A. Rosen, D. A. Galbraith
    Pages 403-432
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 433-441

About this book


When survival is challenged by the cold, animals react by employing both behavioral and physiological solutions. Depending on the magni­ tude of the cold stress and the nature of the adjustment, simple avoidance or sophisticated capacity or resistance compensations may be used. Thus, migration, shelter seeking, metabolic and insulative compen­ sation, torpor, and freezing avoidance and tolerance are successful tac­ tics used by diverse groups of animals. To understand and appreciate the benefits of these tactics, it is necessary to examine not only the well being of the whole animal but also their basic underlying mechanisms. In ad­ dition, it is also of fundamental importance to grasp how seasonal cold affects the survivorship and reproductive success of populations when confronted by a general reduction in primary productivity and an elevated energy cost for maintenance (e. g. in endotherms). In this regard, a synthetic overview which integrates aspects of cell biology, biochem­ istry, physiology, neurobiology, behavior, and population biology should be a fruitful approach in providing a holistic understanding on how animals adapt to cold. The present volume is an attempt to achieve such an overview; its objective is to provide a depth and breadth of coverage that is essential to a full appreciation of animal adaptation to cold. It is the hope of the contributing authors that this book will serve as an effective reference text for all senior undergraduate and graduate students as well as research scientists with an interest in cold physiology.


adaptation animals biology cell biology migration physiology research resistance

Editors and affiliations

  • Lawrence C. H. Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-74080-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-74078-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0938-2763
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