Data from: Body reserves influence allocation to immune responses in capital breeding female northern elephant seals

Hannah E. Peck, Daniel P. Costa & Daniel E. Crocker
Mounting an immune response requires substantial energy. Ecological immunology theory predicts allocation trade-offs between reproductive effort and immune responses under conditions of energy limitation. Little is known about the impact of capital breeding strategies on energy allocation to immune function in mammals. Northern elephant seals (NES) forage in the marine environment, breed in dense terrestrial colonies and exhibit high rates of energy expenditure for lactation while fasting. Body reserves strongly influence reproductive effort and lactation...

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  • 2015

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  • Sonoma State University