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Dynamic Energy Budget Theory for Metabolic Organisation

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from November 2018
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521131919

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  • The Dynamic Energy Budget theory unifies the commonalities between organisms, as prescribed by the implications of energetics, and links different levels of biological organisation (cells, organisms and populations). The theory presents simple mechanistic rules that describe the uptake and use of energy and nutrients and the consequences for physiological organisation throughout an organism’s life cycle, including the energetics of ageing and contact with toxic compounds. This new edition includes a new chapter on evolutionary aspects, and discusses methods to quantify entropy for living individuals, isotope dynamics, a mechanism behind reserve dynamics, and toxicity of complex mixtures of compounds. An updated ageing module now also applies to demand systems, new methods for parameter estimation, adaptation of substrate uptake, the use of otiliths for reconstruction of food level trajectories, the differentiated growth of body parts (such as tumours and organs) linked to their function, and many more topics.

    • Develops a unifying theory which links basic life processes such as physiology and consumption to higher order ecological processes such as population ecology and dynamics
    • Comprehensive - deals with all levels of organisation, from molecules to ecosystems, and encompasses all forms of life, from microscopic algae to large mammals
    • Unique in representing a quantitative theory for metabolic organisation on the basis of physical and chemical principles that applies to all organisms
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The Dynamic Energy Budget approach is refreshing, solidly grounded in biological data, supplemented with dramatic, well motivated theoretical concepts. This book is an excellent scientific product that informs and forces contemplation of issues relating to population and community ecology. The author has made a complex subject coherent.' Thomas G. Hallam, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology

    'The Dynamic Energy Budget theory … should be considered by modellers as a very useful and general tool to select more ecologically sound process equations and parameters in ecological models. I can therefore recommend the book as compulsory reading for all ecological modellers.' Sven Erik Jørgensen, Ecological Modelling

    'The author has made a significant contribution to the problem of modelling the dynamics of biological populations at the level of the individual by synthesising this very complicated subject into a relatively short list of general assumptions and putting the energetics of sub-models for vital rates on a solid basis.' Jim Cushing, Mathematical Biosciences

    'The family of idealised models offered in this book is capable of playing a role analogous to that of Lotka-Volterra models in population dynamics … I am confident that any model(s) capable of occupying this niche will be strongly influenced by the ideas in this book.' Roger Nisbet, Ecology

    'Theoretical ecologists and mathematicians with an ecological bent should find much to consider in this book.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521131919
    • length: 532 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 191 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.14kg
    • contains: 27 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from November 2018
  • Table of Contents

    1. Basic concepts
    2. Standard DEB model in time, length and energy
    3. Energy, compounds and metabolism
    4. Univariate DEB models
    5. Multivariate DEB models
    6. Effects of compounds on budgets
    7. Extensions of DEB models
    8. Co-variation of DEB parameter values
    9. Living together
    10. Evolution
    11. Evaluation
    Notation and symbols
    Taxonomic index
    Subject index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Energy Allocation
    • Population Ecology
  • Author

    Bas Kooijman, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
    Bas Kooijman is Professor of Applied Theoretical Biology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and is head of the University's Department of Theoretical Biology. He maintains a long-held and active interest in field biology, with his research focusing on mathematical biology, in particular the physical-chemical foundations of quantitative aspects of life.

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