The Biological Rhythms and Clocks of Intertidal Animals

The Biological Rhythms and Clocks of Intertidal Animals

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Biochemical mechanisms within the bodies of plants and animals program almost all their activities to specific phases of periodic events such as the time of day, the state of the tide, and the season of the year. Those organisms living within the intertidal zone--the area between high and low tides--face many environmental challenges that are eased tremendously by such chronobiological means. This monograph provides an authoritative, up-to-date account of research on the workings of intertidal animals' biological clocks. The book begins with a description of how tides are generated, and how the difficulties involved in studying organismic tide-associated rhythms may be overcome. The rest of the work focuses on rhythms and their properties, and the nature of the clocks that govern them. Comprehensive in scope, the book synthesizes over 350 research papers and contains over 129 figures. It is intended as a sequel to the author's well-known 1974 monograph Biological Clocks in Marine Organisms, incorporating the many advances in the field since the publication of the earlier volume. Aquatic ecologists, animal behaviorists, comparative physiologists, marine biologists, chronobiologists, and interested general readers will all want to read this important new work.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 231 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous line figures, bibliography
  • 0195094352
  • 9780195094350

Review quote

"This text presents a detailed review of current knowledge of these biological clocks as found in intertidal animals. It is intended for researchers in this area, but the jargon free presentation and a glossary make it accessible to non specialists."--Biosis"An important classroom text and essential reference book for those who have advanced interests in chronobiology. Very welcome detailed and well-thought-out presentations that summarize our knowledge about rhythms of a select group of invertebrates that have been particularly well studies."--Maine Naturalist"Jack Palmer has written an overview of exactly what he claims in the title, and he has done a superb job in a field where he is one of the major players. The book contains a wealth of information on the types of rhythms found in intertidal animals....The work is remarkably free of jargon...and any intelligent person can read it with both pleasure and intellectual reward....This is both an inspired and an inspiring work, and after reading it I couldn't stop myself from planning respirometers and tide machines. I recommend it to anyone needing reassurance about the success of scientific endeavor, or the compatibility of rational thought with cultured iconoclasms, or an interest in the biological rhythms and clocks of intertidal animals."--Chronobiology International"A splendid compendium of meticulous description and critical review of experiments on a wide range of organisms. Readers still skeptical about such rhythms should have their doubts dispelled."--The Quarterly Review of Biologyshow more

Table of contents

1: Introducton to Organismic Rhythms and Tidal Cycles. 2: Time-Series Analysis. 3: Phase Setting and Entrainment. 4: Persistent Fortnightly and Monthly Rhythms. 5: The Elucidation of the Clockshow more