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Putting Things Together

James Lazell

in Island

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780520243521
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520243521.003.0014
Putting Things Together

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Guana Island is a great potential theater for the study of community ecology because it is small enough and homogeneous enough to be comprehensible, yet it has great species diversity for its size. It is appealing to view the history of the study of communities as it develops through the works of Mayhew, Schoener, and Pianka. Lawlor and Smith were among the first to deal with the concept of ecosystem stability in the face of competition. However, in a well-patterned world, species diversity and selection against competition might combine to determine just how much of each resource a species could use; body size, physiology, predation, and competition might combine to set the parameters of each species' niche. The breadth of a species' niche may be determined for each dimension of that niche. There will probably be an optimum within the temperature range at which species function best.

Keywords: Mayhews; Pianca; Lawlor; diversity; niche

Chapter.  22758 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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