Comparing Classical and Contemporary Niche Theory

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:
Comparing Classical and Contemporary Niche Theory

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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

Chapter.  3193 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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