Living in a Seasonal World

Thermoregulatory and Metabolic Adaptations

  • Thomas Ruf
  • Claudia Bieber
  • Walter Arnold
  • Eva Millesi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Evolution and Ecophysiology of Torpor

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Barry G. Lovegrove
      Pages 3-11
    3. Kathrin H. Dausmann, Julia Nowack, Susanne Kobbe, Nomakwezi Mzilikazi
      Pages 13-27
    4. Cindy I. Canale, Danielle L. Levesque, Barry G. Lovegrove
      Pages 29-40
    5. Nomakwezi Mzilikazi, Zimkitha Madikiza, Rebecca Oelkrug, Roderick M. Baxter
      Pages 41-50
    6. Cory T. Williams, Michael J. Sheriff, Franziska Kohl, Brian M. Barnes, C. Loren Buck
      Pages 63-72
    7. Fritz Geiser, R. Mark Brigham
      Pages 109-121
    8. Thomas Ruf, Claudia Bieber, Christopher Turbill
      Pages 123-132
    9. Eran Levin, Amos Ar, Yoram Yom-Tov, Noga Kronfeld-Schor
      Pages 167-174
    10. R. M. Brigham, A. E. McKechnie, L. I. Doucette, F. Geiser
      Pages 175-187
  3. Physiology of the Torpid State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. A. S. Boerema, J. N. Keijser, H. R. Bouma, E. A. van der Zee, A. M. Strijkstra
      Pages 191-199

About this book


This book summarises the newest information on seasonal adaptation in animals. Topics include animal hibernation, daily torpor, thermoregulation, heat production, metabolic depression, biochemical adaptations, neurophysiology and energy balance. The contributors to this book present interdisciplinary research at multiple levels ranging from the molecular to the ecophysiological, as well as evolutionary approaches. The chapters of this book provide original data not published elsewhere, which makes it the most up-to-date, comprehensive source of information on these fields.

The book’s subchapters correspond to presentations given at the 14th International Hibernation Symposium in August 2012 in Austria. This is a very successful series of symposia (held every four years since 1959) that attracts leading researchers in the field. Like the past symposia, this meeting – and consequently the book – is aimed not only at hibernation but at covering the full range of animal adaptations to seasonal environments. For the next four years, this book will serve as the cutting-edge reference work for graduate students and scientists active in this field of physiology and ecology.


Hibernation Hypometabolism Seasonal Adaptation Thermoregulation Torpor

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Ruf
    • 1
  • Claudia Bieber
    • 2
  • Walter Arnold
    • 3
  • Eva Millesi
    • 4
  1. 1.Forschungsinst. Wildtierkunde und, ÖkologieVeterinärmedizinische Universität WienWienAustria
  2. 2.Research Institute of Wildlife EcologyViennaAustria
  3. 3.Research Institute of Wildlife EcologyViennaAustria
  4. 4., Dept. of Behavioural BiologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-28677-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-28678-0
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