Risk-sensitive allocation in seasonal dynamics of fat and protein reserves in a long-lived mammal.

  title={Risk-sensitive allocation in seasonal dynamics of fat and protein reserves in a long-lived mammal.},
  author={Kevin L Monteith and Thomas R. Stephenson and Vernon C. Bleich and Mary Margaret Conner and Becky M. Pierce and R. Terry Bowyer},
  journal={The Journal of animal ecology},
  volume={82 2},
Body reserves of numerous taxa follow seasonal rhythms that are a function of temporal patterns in food availability and life-history events; however, tests of the theory underlying the allocation of somatic reserves for long-lived organisms are rare, especially for free-ranging mammals. We evaluated the hypothesis that allocation of somatic reserves to survival (i.e., metabolic processes) and reproduction should be sensitive to current nutritional state relative to seasonal thresholds in those… CONTINUE READING
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