The Evolutionary Niche

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:
The Evolutionary Niche

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This chapter discusses how a niche-based approach can allow a direct exploration into a variety of factors that may influence the evolution of an individual's traits—such as exploring how changes in environmental conditions (e.g., resource supply), interacting species, or other factors can influence the traits of an organism. For this reason, the predictions that can be made from a mechanistic, niche-based framework can provide a significantly more powerful framework than those that do not explicitly consider the link between evolution; the biotic and abiotic environment; and populations, communities, and ecosystems.

Keywords: niche concept; niche-based approach; individual traits; evolution; environment; population; ecosystems

Chapter.  4799 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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