4 years ago

Physical calculations of resistance to water loss improve species range models: Reply.

Sears, Riddell
Christian et al. (2017) proposed several possible flaws in the methods and logic presented by Riddell et al. (2017) that included potential activity of salamanders during measurements, trimming of the agar model's legs, misinterpretations of the empirical data, limitations on agar models, and the relationship between body size and skin resistance to water loss (ri ). We argue that these criticisms are easily addressable, and here, we reinforce our original claim that the agar method for determination of resistance to water loss is flawed. Before responding to these individual critiques, we begin with a deeper criticism of the agar model method and general methodology for determining resistance to water loss that has resulted in the reification of the boundary layer's ecological and physiological importance. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2022

DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2022

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