Activity Patterns in Small Mammals

An Ecological Approach

  • Stefan Halle
  • Nils Christian Stenseth

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 141)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stefan Halle, Nils Chr. Stenseth
      Pages 3-17
  3. Theoretical Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Stefan Halle, Nils Chr. Stenseth
      Pages 21-22
    3. Timothy J. Bartness, H. Elliott Albers
      Pages 23-47
    4. January Weiner
      Pages 49-65
  4. Empirical Findings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Stefan Halle, Nils Chr. Stenseth
      Pages 93-94
    3. Francisco Palomares, Miguel Delibes
      Pages 119-130
    4. Martin Daly, Philip R. Behrends, Margo I. Wilson
      Pages 145-158
    5. Thomas Ruf, Gerhard Heldmaier
      Pages 217-234
    6. Joseph F. Merritt, Stephen H. Vessey
      Pages 235-251
    7. Hans G. Erkert
      Pages 253-272
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Stefan Halle, Nils Chr. Stenseth
      Pages 275-284
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 313-322

About this book


Environmental conditions change considerably in the course of 24 h with respect to abiotic factors and intra- and interspecific interactions. These changes result in limited time windows of opportunity for animal activities and, hence, the question of when to do what is subject to fitness maximisation.
This volume gives a current overview of theoretical considerations and empirical findings of activity patterns in small mammals, a group in which the energetic and ecological constraints are particularly severe and the diversity of activity patterns is particularly high. Following a comparative ecological approach, for the first time activity timing is consequently treated in terms of behavioural and evolutionary ecology, providing the conceptual framework for chronoecology as a new subdiscipline within behavioural ecology. An extensive Appendix gives an introduction to methods of activity modelling and to tools for statistical pattern analysis.


Aktivitätsmuster Aktivitätsregistrierung Biologische Uhren Chronoökologie Fitness Verhaltensökologie activity patterns activity recording behavioural ecology biological clocks chronoecology ecology environment evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Halle
    • 1
  • Nils Christian Stenseth
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of EcologyFriedrich-Schiller-University JenaJenaGermany
  2. 2.Department of Biology Division of ZoologyUniversity of OsloBlindernNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-62128-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-18264-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-971X
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