NCEAS Project 4500

Putting physiology on a landscape scale

  • Warren P. Porter

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Sabbatical Fellow1st July—30th September 2001Participant List  

In the summer of 2001 I will be making first principles calculations of how specific species use specific landscapes to maximize their potential for survival, growth, and reproduction. I will be testing these predictions against experimental data available on these specific species from my collaborators, Dr. John Sabo, Dr. Leah Gerber, and Dr. Eric Seabloom, postdoctoral fellows at NCEAS. I will make the calculations using my new high-resolution, spatially explicit combination of our microclimate, ectotherm, and endotherm biophysical/energetics/physiology/behavior models. They now predict landscape scale habitat utilization and distribution for specific ectotherm and endotherm species. These predictions will be based in part on topographic data from digital elevation maps that include latitude, longitude, elevation, slope, and aspect at 30 m by 30 m resolution. Climate data from specific reference locations will be applied to each quadrat using adiabatic principles to estimate temperature differences with elevation. Locally available microclimates in each quadrat will be used to drive animal energetics/behavior animal models. Results will be displayed in GIS format using ArcView. Optimal landscape locations that maximize activity time, discretionary energy for growth or reproduction, and minimal activity time and costs for maintenance metabolic rates and water loss rates can be identified on specific quadrangles where empirical test data are available. The work on lizards will be on the genus Sceloporus in collaboration with Dr. John Sabo. Predictions of activity time, food and water requirements and growth and reproductive potential of dusky footed woodrats on the Los Olivos quadrangle will be done in collaboration with Drs. Leah Gerber and Eric Seabloom, who have collected experimental data on these animals.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Fort, Jerome; Porter, Warren P.; Grémillet, David. 2009. Thermodynamic modelling predicts energetic bottleneck for seabirds wintering in the northwest Atlantic. Journal of Experimental Biology. Vol: 212. Pages 2483-2490.
Journal Article Fort, Jerome; Porter, Warren P.; Grémillet, David. 2011. Energetic modelling: A comparison of the different approaches used in seabirds. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A . Vol: 158(3)358-365.
Journal Article Göktepe, Özge; Hundt, P.; Porter, Warren P.; Pereira, Don. 2012. Comparing bioenergetics models of double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) fish consumption. Waterbirds. Vol: 35(1). Pages 91-102.
Journal Article Kearney, Michael R.; Phillips, Ben L.; Tracy, Christopher R.; Betts, Gregory; Porter, Warren P. 2008. Modelling species distributions without using species distributions: The cane toad in Australia under current and future climates. Ecography. Vol: 31(4). Pages 423-434.
Journal Article Kearney, Michael R.; Porter, Warren P.; Williams, Craig; Ritchie, Scott; Hoffmann, A. 2009. Integrating biophysical models and evolutionary theory to predict climatic impacts on species’ ranges: The dengue mosquito Aedes aegypti in Australia. Functional Ecology. Vol: 23. Pages 528-538.
Journal Article Kearney, Michael R.; Porter, Warren P. 2009. Mechanistic niche modelling: Combining physiological and spatial data to predict species‘ ranges. Ecology Letters. Vol: 12.
Journal Article Kearney, Michael R.; Shine, Richard; Porter, Warren P. 2009. The potential for behavioral thermoregulation to buffer ‘‘cold-blooded’’ animals against climate warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 106(10). Pages 3835-3840.
Journal Article Kearney, Michael R.; Briscoe, Natalie J.; Karoly, David J.; Porter, Warren P.; Norgate, Melanie; Sunnucks, Paul. 2010. Early emergence in a butterfly causally linked to anthropogenic warming. Biology Letters. Vol: 6(5). Pages 674-677.
Journal Article Maurer, Brian A.; Brown, James H.; Dayan, Tamar; Enquist, Brian J.; Ernest, S. K. Morgan; Hadly, Elizabeth A.; Haskell, John P.; Jablonski, David; Jones, Kate E.; Kaufman, Dawn; Lyons, Kathleen; Niklas, Karl J.; Porter, Warren P.; Roy, Kaustuv; Smith, Felisa A.; Tiffney, Bruce; Willig, Michael R. 2004. Similarities in body size distributions of small-bodied flying vertebrates. Evolutionary Ecology Research. Vol: 6. Pages 783-797.
Book Chapter Meadows, S.; Porter, Warren P.; Craven, S. 2008. Spatially explicit models estimate metabolic requirement and depredation of economically valuable and destructive fish species by double-crested cormorants (phalacrocorax auritus) in Southern Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA. Edited by Morris, S.; Vosloo, A. Molecules to migration: The pressures of life (4th CPB Meeting in Africa). Medimond Publishing Co.. Bologna, Italy. Pages 627-640.
Journal Article Meadows, S.; Porter, Warren P.; Craven, S. In Press. Modeling the organochlorine contaminant intake of cormorants. Waterbirds.
Journal Article Mitchell, Nicola J.; Kearney, Michael R.; Nelson, N. J.; Porter, Warren P. 2008. Predicting the fate of a living fossil: How will global warming affect sex determination and hatching phenology in tuatara?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. Vol: 275. Pages 2185–2193.
Journal Article Natori, Yoji; Porter, Warren P. 2007. Model of Japanese serow (Capricornis crispus) energetics predicts distribution on Honshu, Japan. Ecological Applications. Vol: 17(5). Pages 1441-1459.
Journal Article Porter, Warren P.; Sabo, John L.; Tracy, Christopher R.; Reichman, O. J.; Ramankutty, Navin. 2002. Physiology on a landscape scale: Plant-animal interactions. Integrative and comparative biology. Vol: 42(3). Pages 431-453. (Abstract)
Journal Article Porter, Warren P.; Vakharia, N. P.; Klousie, W. D.; Duffy, David. 2006. Po’ouli landscape bioinformatics models predict energetics, behavior, diets, and distribution on Maui. Integrative and Comparative Biology. Vol: 46. Pages 1143-1158.
Data Set Porter, Warren P.; Ramakutty, Navin; Sabo, John L.; Tracy, Christopher R.; Reichman, O. J. 2007. Physiology and landscape. (Abstract) (Online version)
Journal Article Porter, Warren P.; Kearney, Michael R. 2009. Size, shape, and the thermal niche of endotherms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 106 Suppl.2. Pages 19666–19672.