Response to comments on “Metabolic scaling is the product of life-history optimization”

Authors: Craig R White, Lesley A Alton, Candice L Bywater, Emily J Lombardi, and Dustin J Marshall

Published in: Science


Froese and Pauly argue that our model is contradicted by the observation that fish reproduce before their growth rate decreases.

Kearney and Jusup show that our model incompletely describes growth and reproduction for some species.

Here we discuss the costs of reproduction, the relationship between reproduction and growth, and propose tests of models based on optimality and constraint.

White CR, Alton LA, Bywater CL, Lombardi EJ, Marshall DJ (2023) Response to Comments on “Metabolic scaling is the product of life-history optimization.” Science PDF DOI