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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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Comparing Classical and Contemporary Niche Theory

Comparing Classical and Contemporary Niche Theory

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(p.51) Chapter Three Comparing Classical and Contemporary Niche Theory
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Ecological Niches
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Jonathan M. Chase

Mathew A. Leibold

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226101811.003.0003

This chapter, which discusses the similarities and differences between the classical and contemporary approaches to the niche, begins with comparisons between consumer–resource and Lotka–Volterra models. It then describes a revised niche framework that seeks to clarify and resurrect the niche concept in a more quantifiable and biologically meaningful way than the previously loosely associated ideas of the niche. The niche framework is used to illuminate a series of issues from conventional niche theory.

Keywords:   niche concept, consumer–resource model, Lotka–Volterra model, niche framework, conventional niche theory

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