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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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Niche Relations within Ecosystems

Niche Relations within Ecosystems

(p.144) Chapter Nine Niche Relations within Ecosystems
Ecological Niches

Jonathan M. Chase

Mathew A. Leibold

University of Chicago Press

Ecosystem functioning involves more than just species interactions. There is a huge array of biogeochemical processes and of landscape-level exchanges that are not easily addressed using a niche-based approach. This chapter shows how the processes of species sorting at the community level can profoundly influence patterns of ecosystem functioning. It discusses the short-term effects of biodiversity on ecosystem function and the longer-term effects of biodiversity on ecosystem stability in the face of perturbations, exploring how the process of species sorting might influence the results of ecosystem perturbations in the short and long terms.

Keywords:   niche concept, reciprocal effects, community, biodiversity, ecosystem function, ecosystem stability, species sorting

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