Chronobiology of marine organisms /
Ernest Naylor.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
x, 242 p. : ill.
0521760534 (hbk.), 9780521760539 (hbk.)
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
0521760534 (hbk.)
9780521760539 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"This book is a must for all readers interested in organismic timing. It is a fine contribution to the field." John D. Palmer, Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology
'The exposition is clear and to the point, and is illustrated with well-chosen, clearly drawn figures … this book is a must for all readers interested in organismic timing.' Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology
"The text is written in a very readable, jargon-fee style that will make it accessible to all readers whether students or established marine scientists seeking an introduction to the field. Practicing chronobiologists will find the volume a valuable summary of the state of the art. Overall, this is a comprehensive and authoritative synthesis of a century of research into the rhythmic behavior of marine organisms by an author who has made a major contribution to this fascinating field of biology." R.N. Gibson, Quarterly Review of Biology
"Naylor's defense of lunar cycles in marine organisms is well organized and well written. This book contains an extensive amount of information on a narrow topic. For those interested in the topic, it will be an essential resource. Highly recommended." S.R. Fegley, Choice Magazine
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Main Description
Do intertidal organisms simply respond to the rise and fall of tides, or do they possess biological timing and navigation mechanisms that allow them to anticipate when conditions are most favourable? How are the patterns of growth, development and reproduction of some marine plants and animals related to changes in day-length or to phases of the moon? The author describes how marine organisms, from single cells to vertebrates, on sea shores, in estuaries and in the open ocean, have evolved inbuilt biological clockwork and synchronisation mechanisms which control rhythmic processes and navigational behaviour, permitting successful exploitation of highly variable and often hostile environments. Adopting a hypothesis-testing and experimental approach, the book is intended for undergraduate and postgraduate students of marine biology, marine ecology, animal behaviour, oceanography and other biological sciences and also as an introduction for researchers, including physiologists, biochemists and molecular biologists entering the field of chronobiology.
Description for Bookstore
Many marine creatures have evolved biological rhythms and clocks which permit them to anticipate favourable phases of tidal, daily, lunar and seasonal events in the sea. Provides examples of such clock-based behaviour, permitting increased understanding of plant and animal biology, ecology, behaviour and physiology for undergraduates, graduates and researchers.
Table of Contents
Biorhythms of coastal organisms
Tidal and daily time-cues
Clocks and compasses
Lunar and semilunar rhythms
Annual biorhythms
Plankton vertical migration rhythms
Staying put in estuaries
Ocean drifters
Living clockwork
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