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Ecological NichesLinking Classical and Contemporary Approaches$
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Jonathan M. Chase and Mathew A. Leibold

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226101798

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226101811.001.0001

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Introduction: History, Context, and Purpose

Introduction: History, Context, and Purpose

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(p.1) Chapter One Introduction: History, Context, and Purpose
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Ecological Niches
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Jonathan M. Chase

Mathew A. Leibold

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226101811.003.0001

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's primary objectives: (i) to develop a framework around the niche concept that better accommodates several recent insights about niche relations in ecology; (ii) to use this updated niche framework to point the way to new questions, conclusions, and syntheses; and (iii) to link this interpretation to some of the insights developed using alternative approaches and identify those areas where the greatest challenges for the field of ecology in relation to the niche concept lie. It then presents a brief history of the ecological niche concept, and discusses the concept's downfall and revision.

Keywords:   ecological niche, niche concept, ecology

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