Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 107–117 | Cite as

Quantitative assessment of organism–environment couplings

  • J.-L. Torres
  • O. Pérez-Maqueo
  • M. Equihua
  • L. Torres


The evolutionary implications of environmental change due to organismic action remain a controversial issue, after a decades—long debate on the subject. Much of this debate has been conducted in qualitative fashion, despite the availability of mathematical models for organism–environment interactions, and for gene frequencies when allele fitness can be related to exploitation of a particular environmental resource. In this article we focus on representative models dealing with niche construction, ecosystem engineering, the Gaia Hypothesis and community interactions of Lotka–Volterra type, and show that their quantitative character helps bring into sharper focus the similarities and differences among their respective theoretical contexts.


Coevolution Homeostasis Extended phenotype Ecosystem engineering Niche construction Gaia hypothesis Lotka–Volterra models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J.-L. Torres
    • 1
  • O. Pérez-Maqueo
    • 1
  • M. Equihua
    • 1
  • L. Torres
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Ecología, A.C.XalapaMexico
  2. 2.Instituto de Investigaciones BiológicasUniversidad VeracruzanaXalapaMexico

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