Date of issue: 1 May Description of the book "Animal Physiology: Adaptation and Environment": How do dolphins catch fish in murky water? Why do moths drink from puddles? How do animals work? In this revised and updated edition of the acclaimed text Animal Physiology, the answers are revealed. In clear and stimulating style, Knut Schmidt-Nielsen introduces and develops the fundamental principles of animal physiology according to major environmental features - oxygen, food and energy, temperature, and water.
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International Prize for Biology winner was a pioneer in the field of comparative physiology Kirsten Weir Mar 7, Knut Schmidt-Nielsen, who helped create the modern field of comparative animal physiology, died of natural causes January 25 at his home in Durham, North Carolina. He was He moved to the United States in , and joined Duke University eight years later.
In the first part of the 20th century, most physiology research revolved around dogs -- but Schmidt-Nielsen changed all that, Duke University biologist Steven Vogel told The Scientist. Schmidt-Nielsen championed a comparative approach to physiology, Vogel said, which helped to integrate the field with evolutionary biology and ecology.
For instance, Schmidt-Nielsen and his students applied their questions to a broad range of species -- camels and sand rats, ostriches and alligators, fish and snails. He compared species as different as kangaroo rats and camels to understand "the different ways of making a desert animal," Johnsen told The Scientist. When Duke built a new biology building in the s, Vogel recalled, Schmidt-Nielsen convinced the department to construct a "camel room," a climate-controlled room with an enormous camel-sized door.
Last year the "camel room" was renovated to house a teaching lab. Despite his dromedary legacy, Schmidt-Nielsen was also involved in studies of bird respiration and gas exchange in the swim bladders of deep-sea fish, said Vogel. Later in his career, he became interested in questions of scaling and the biology of size. Andrews, UK. Schmidt-Nielsen was also an accomplished writer , penning five books in addition to some papers.
He published a memoir in , and his Animal Physiology textbook, now in its fifth edition, is still widely used, Johnsen and Fedak said. Schmidt-Nielsen, who became a U. In he was awarded the International Prize for Biology. He retired from Duke in but continued to maintain a presence there as professor emeritus.
Kirsten Weir mail the-scientist. From Duke University Photography. Links within this article:B. Grant: "The powers that might be," The Scientist, March 1, Phillips: "Study challenges metabolic scaling law," The Scientist, January 26,
Animal Physiology: Adaptation and Environment
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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Account Options Sign in. The book is elementary and the needed background is minimal. The text is written for those who want to know how things work, what animals do, and how they do it.
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The text is written for those who want to know how things work, what animals do, and how they do it. The book deals with such traditional physiological subjects as respiration, circulation and digestion, arranged according to major This is the fully revised and updated fourth edition of the acclaimed Animal Physiology, a survey emphasizing fundamental principles. The book deals with such traditional physiological subjects as respiration, circulation and digestion, arranged according to major environmental features: oxygen, food and energy, temperature, and water. This fourth edition has been updated in all chapters where there is essential new information, yet the general outline of the book remains the same.