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Diving Physiology of Marine Mammals and Seabirds

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  • Author: Paul J. Ponganis, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
  • Date Published: January 2016
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9781316434833

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  • Analysing the physiological adaptations of marine mammals and seabirds, this book provides a comprehensive overview of what allows these species to overcome the challenges of diving to depth on a single breath of air. Through comparative reviews of texts on diving physiology and behaviour from the last seventy-five years, Ponganis combines this research into one succinct volume. Investigating the diving performance of marine mammals and seabirds, this book illustrates how physiological processes to extreme hypoxia and pressure are relevant to the advancement of our understanding of basic cellular processes and human pathologies. This book underscores the biomedical and ecological relevance of the anatomical, physiological and molecular/biophysical adaptations of these animals to enable further research in this area. An important resource for students and researchers, this text not only provides an essential overview of recent research in the field, but will stimulate further research into the behaviour and physiology of diving.

    • A unique analysis of the diving behaviour of both marine mammals and seabirds in one succinct volume, with an additional chapter on human diving physiology
    • Reviews how the diving cardiovascular response reflects principles of myocardial oxygen supply/demand and applies this to treatments used in human medicine
    • Reviews topics not usually seen in diving reviews, including antioxidants and avoidance of reperfusion injury, surfactant function in the lung, regulation of pulmonary vascular resistance, and the potential roles of gasotransmitters
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'I see this as a highly recommended text with broad appeal. It provides a detailed account of the mechanisms that underpin the dive behaviours which are being uncovered with increasing resolution. With the advent of miniaturized dive loggers, coupled with increasingly sophisticated physiological methods, we are entering an exciting phase in dive physiology research. Ponganis' book provides a much-needed collation of what has been achieved thus far and I look forward to future editions that incorporate the work to follow.' Brendon Dunphy, Marine Biology Research

    'It was a pleasure to read this extensive book on the diving physiology of marine mammals and birds. … Even though I have worked in the field of diving physiology and biochemistry for over 40 years, I know that I will immediately go to this volume for reference material on specific subjects. … The tables have incredible amounts of information, and the reference section is invaluable, almost as a stand-alone product. Readers will find the depth of the references far beyond more routine Web searches in the field of diving. … Would I make [reading] it almost mandatory for advanced students beginning their own thesis work in diving physiology? Absolutely.' Michael Castellini, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316434833
    • contains: 73 b/w illus. 23 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Diving behavior
    2. Challenges of the breath hold and the environment
    3. Respiratory gas exchange
    4. Oxygen storage and transport
    5. Cardiovascular dive response
    6. Adaptations in cardiovascular anatomy and hemodynamics
    7. Muscle and locomotory work
    8. Thermoregulation
    9. Diving metabolism
    10. The aerobic dive limit (ADL)
    11. Pressure tolerance
    12. Hypoxemic tolerance
    13. Biomedical relevance

  • Author

    Paul J. Ponganis, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
    Paul Ponganis is a Research Marine Biologist and Marine Physiologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. A leading expert in the field and also an anaesthesiologist, his primary clinical interests are in cardiac anaesthesia, which he has practised for the last thirty years in conjunction with his research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research has focused on the diving physiology of marine mammals and penguins at field sites around the world. In recognition of their Antarctic research, the Ponganis Icefall on Coulman Island was named after him and his wife.

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