Niche Structure and Evolution in Ecosystems

  • V. Loeschcke
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 61)


The study of ecological systems must benefit from an evolutionary perspective, as the properties of biological communities should at least partly be able to be explained from the properties of single populations shaped by natural selection. Evolutionary processes, however, are slow, so that historical events as well as dynamical processes acting in ecological time can strongly influence the present pattern of distribution and abundance of species in natural ecosystems.


Null Model Interspecific Competition Niche Width Character Displacement Anolis Lizard 
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