Journal article

Balancing heat, water and nutrients under environmental change: a thermodynamic niche framework

Michael R Kearney, Stephen J Simpson, David Raubenheimer, Sebastiaan ALM Kooijman



Models of the regulatory behaviour of organisms are fundamental to a strong physiologically-based understanding of species' responses to global environmental change. Biophysical models of heat and water exchange in organisms (biophysical ecology) and nutritionally-explicit models for understanding feeding behaviour and its fitness consequences (the Geometric Framework of nutrition, GF) are providing such an underpinning. However, temperature, water and nutrition interact in fundamental ways in influencing the responses of the organism to their environment, and a priority is to develop an integrated approach for conceptualising and measuring these interactions. Ideally, such an approach would..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Steven Chown, Warren Porter and two anonymous reviewers for suggestions that greatly improved the manuscript and R. Shine for permission to reproduce results from his honours thesis. Kearney was supported by an Australian Research Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (ARC). Simpson was supported by an ARC Laureate Fellowship. Raubenheimer was part-funded by the National Research Centre for Growth and Development, New Zealand and the Massey University Research Fund.