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Effects of thermal acclimation on metabolic and feeding rates

O'Gorman, Eoin 2021. Effects of thermal acclimation on metabolic and feeding rates. [Dataset]. Colchester, University of Essex. 10.5526/ERDR-00000137

This is a dataset of metabolic rates and functional responses, measured in laboratory experiments for a widespread predator-prey pair of freshwater invertebrates, sampled from across a natural stream temperature gradient in Iceland (4–18 °C). We found that acclimation to higher temperatures either had neutral effects or reduced the thermal sensitivity of both metabolic and feeding rates for the predator, increasing its energetic efficiency. These findings indicate that phenotypic plasticity can act as a buffer against the impacts of environmental warming. As a consequence, predator-prey interactions between ectotherms may be less sensitive to future warming than previously expected.

Creators NameEmailAffiliationORCID
O'Gorman, of Essex
Division: Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Keywords: climate change, metabolic rate, functional response, interaction strength, phenotypic plasticity, thermal adaptation, trophic interaction, population stability
Research funder: Natural Enivironment Research Council
Grant reference: NE/L011840/1
Depositor: Eoin O'Gorman
Date Deposited: 18 May 2021 09:31
Last Modified: 18 May 2021 09:31

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