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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

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

Jonathan M. Chase

Mathew A. Leibold

University of Chicago Press

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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