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EQUILIBRIUM AND ACCELERATED DEATH

Lev Ginzburg and Mark Colyvan

in Ecological Orbits

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195168167
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.003.0003
EQUILIBRIUM AND ACCELERATED DEATH

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This chapter argues for a two-dimensional, energetically-based view of population equilibrium, and this view is supported by two large-scale observations. It suggests that thinking about equilibrium simply as a balance between births and deaths is too simplistic. Rather, equilibrium is a balance between rates of energy use and rates of consumption, with both birth and death rates a consequence of these more fundamental metabolic considerations.

Keywords: population equilibrium; metabolic rates; birth rates; death rates; hydra

Chapter.  3440 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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