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Ecological Niches: Linking Classical and Contemporary Approaches

Jonathan M. Chase and Mathew A. Leibold


Why do species live where they live? What determines the abundance and diversity of species in a given area? What role do species play in the functioning of entire ecosystems? All of these questions share a single core concept—the ecological niche. Although the niche concept has fallen into disfavor among ecologists in recent years, this book argues that the niche is an ideal tool with which to unify disparate research and theoretical approaches in contemporary ecology. The authors define the niche as including both what an organism needs from its environment and how that organism's activities ... More

Keywords: species, abundance, diversity, ecosystems, ecological niche, ecology, organism, environment, consumer–resource interactions, graphical analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226101798
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226101811.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan M. Chase, author

Mathew A. Leibold, author