University of Miami DVP Course
February 15-26, 2010

Metabolism, Scaling, and Biodiversity-Syllabus and Readings


Lecture 1, 15 Feb
Topic: Background: some basics on metabolism and scaling
Assigned readings: Kleiber (1932), Blueweiss et al (1978), West and Brown (2005)
Additional readings: Schmidt-Nielsen (1984) Scaling: Why is animal size so important?  (this book is still probably the clearest treatment of scaling in biology); Other good books are Peters (1983), McMahon and Bonner (1983), Calder (1984), Brown and West (2000)

Lecture 2, 17 Feb
Topic: Allometric scaling of metabolic rate: Is the exponent 2/3, 3/4, or something else?
Assigned readings: West et al (1997), West et al (1999), Savage et al (2004), Reich et al (2006), White et al (2007), White et al (2009), Mori et al (2009)
Additional readings: Heusner (1982), Feldman and McMahon (1983), Dodds et al (2001), Glazier (2005), Apol et al (2008), Makarieva et al (2008), Packard and Birchard (2008), McNab (2009)

Lecture 3, 19 Feb
Topic: Extensions and applications: temperature, cells, growth and development, molecular evolution, sleep, colonial organisms
Assigned readings: Gillooly et al (2001), Gillooly et al (2002), West et al (2002), Gillooly et al (2005) molecular evolution, Savage et al (2007), Savage and West (2007)
Additional readings: Hou et al (2008)

Lecture 4, 22 Feb
Topic: Metabolic ecology
Assigned readings: Brown et al (2004), O’Connor et al (2007 marine dispersal), O’Connor et al (2007 critique), Allen and Gillooly (2007), De Castro and Gaedke (2008), O’Connor et al (2009)
Additional readings: Sheldon et al. (1972), Sterner and Elser (2002 Ecological Stoichiometry), Gillooly et al (2005), Li (2002), Lopez-Urrutia (2006), Kaspari et al (2008, 2009)

Lecture 5, 24 Feb
Topic: Metabolism, species diversity, and cultural diversity
Assigned readings: Rohde (1992), Mace and Pagel (1995), Collard and Foley (2002), Allen et al (2006), Fuhrman et al (2008), Wang et al (2009)
Additional readings: Currie (1991), Allen et al (2002), Algar et al (2007)

Lecture 6, 26 Feb
Topic: Human metabolic and macroecology
Assigned readings: Moses and Brown (2003), Bettencourt et al (2007)

Additional readings: Lubchenco et al (1991), Palmer et al (2005), Hamilton et al (2007 PNAS), Hamilton et al (2007 PRC), ESA (2009), Hamilton et al (2009)