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Diving Physiology of Marine Mammals and Seabirds


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Table of Contents

Preface; 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; References; Index.

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An up-to-date synthesis of comparative diving physiology research, illustrating the features of dive performance and its biomedical and ecological relevance.

About the Author

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.


'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
'The book is eminently readable, so is accessible to a broad audience, and the numerous tables and black-and-white illustrations are helpful. Overall, this text is highly recommended - not only is it interesting to dip into, but it is also a serious, academic and comprehensive survey of the field.' Sue Howarth, The Biologist

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