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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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Community Succession, Assembly, and Biodiversity

Community Succession, Assembly, and Biodiversity

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(p.123) Chapter Eight Community Succession, Assembly, and Biodiversity
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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/9780226101811.003.0008

This chapter uses the species sorting process discussed in Chapter 7 to illuminate several processes of interest to community ecologists. Specifically, it discusses how species composition varies among sites through succession and assembly, and how patterns of diversity respond to important environmental gradients such as disturbance and productivity.

Keywords:   niche concept, species sorting, community ecology, species composition, species diversity

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