Title

Allometric growth, life-history invariants and population energetics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2005

Abstract

Population and community level processes must be at least partially determined by variation in the body sizes of constituent individuals, implying quantitative scaling relations can be extended to account for variation in those processes. Here we integrate allometric growth and life-history invariant theories, and use this approach to develop theory describing the energetics of stationary populations. Our predictions approximate, with no free parameters, the scaling of production/biomass and assimilation/biomass ratios in mammalian populations and work partially for fish populations. This approach appears to be a promising direction and suggests the need for further development of the growth and life-history models, and extensions of those theories.

Journal

Ecology Letters

Volume

8

First Page

353

Last Page

360