Ecological Niches by Jonathan M. Chase
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Ecological Niches
By Jonathan M. Chase

Ecological Niches

Linking Classical and Contemporary Approaches 2nd

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Ecological Niches by Jonathan M. Chase

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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 disfavour among ecologists in recent years, Jonathan M. Chase and Mathew A. Leibold argue that the niche is an ideal tool with which to unify disparate research and theoretical approaches in contemporary ecology. Chase and Leibold define the niche as including both what an organism needs from its environment and how that organism's activities shape its environment. Drawing on the theory of consumer-resource interactions, as well as its graphical analysis, they develop a framework for understanding niches that is flexible enough to include a variety of small- and large-scale processes, from resource competition, predation and stress to community structure, biodiversity and ecosystem function. Chase and Leibold's synthetic approach should interest ecologists from a wide range of subdisciplines.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226101804
ISBN-10: 0226101800
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 8-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jonathan M. Chase

Jonathan M. Chase is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Washington University. Mathew A. Leibold is an associate professor of integrative biology at The University of Texas at Austin, and was formerly associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at The University of Chicago.

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