Tolerance landscapes in thermal ecology

Enrico L. Rezende, Luis E. Castañeda, Mauro Santos

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Summary: How thermal tolerance estimated in the laboratory can be extrapolated to natural settings remains a contentious subject. Here, we argue that the general premise that a single temperature can accurately describe upper or lower tolerance limits is incorrect. Survival probability is determined by both the intensity and the duration of a thermal stress, and the association between these variables can be adequately conveyed by a thermal tolerance landscape. Employing this framework, we demonstrate that the temperature range that an organism can tolerate is expected to narrow down with the duration of the thermal challenge. Analyses suggest that a trade-off exists between tolerances to acute and chronic exposition to thermal stress, and that changes in temperature means or extremes may result in drastically different selective pressures and subsequent evolutionary responses. After controlling for the duration of the thermal challenge, we also uncover latitudinal effects on upper lethal temperatures in insects that remained unnoticed in previous broad-scale comparative analyses. Ultimately, critical thermal limits have been adopted in the ecological literature for logistic reasons and are inadequate descriptors of thermal tolerance on conceptual grounds. We consider that tolerance landscapes provide a more suitable framework to study temperature tolerance and its potential impact in ecological settings.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)799-809
Número de páginas11
PublicaciónFunctional Ecology
Volumen28
N.º4
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 2014

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  • Ecología, evolución, comportamiento y sistemática

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    Rezende, E. L., Castañeda, L. E., & Santos, M. (2014). Tolerance landscapes in thermal ecology. Functional Ecology, 28(4), 799-809. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.12268