Introduction: History, Context, and Purpose

Jonathan M. Chase and Mathew A. Leibold

in Ecological Niches

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780226101798
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226101811 | DOI:
Introduction: History, Context, and Purpose

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This introductory chapter first sets out the book's primary objectives: (i) to develop a framework around the niche concept that better accommodates several recent insights about niche relations in ecology; (ii) to use this updated niche framework to point the way to new questions, conclusions, and syntheses; and (iii) to link this interpretation to some of the insights developed using alternative approaches and identify those areas where the greatest challenges for the field of ecology in relation to the niche concept lie. It then presents a brief history of the ecological niche concept, and discusses the concept's downfall and revision.

Keywords: ecological niche; niche concept; ecology

Chapter.  6436 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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