Defining the niche for niche construction: evolutionary and ecological niches

Trappes R (2021)
Biology & Philosophy 36(3): 31.

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**Abstract**
Niche construction theory (NCT) aims to transform and unite evolutionary biology and ecology. Much of the debate about NCT has focused on construction. Less attention has been accorded to the niche: what is it, exactly, that organisms are constructing? In this paper I compare and contrast the definition of the niche used in NCT with ecological niche definitions. NCT’s concept of the evolutionary niche is defined as the sum of selection pressures affecting a population. So defined, the evolutionary niche is narrower than the ecological niche. Moreover, when contrasted with a more restricted ecological niche concept, it has a slightly different extension. I point out three kinds of cases in which the evolutionary niche does not coincide with realized ecological niches: extreme habitat degradation, commensalism, and non-limiting or super-abundant resources. These conceptual differences affect the role of NCT in unifying ecology and evolutionary biology.
Erscheinungsjahr
2021
Zeitschriftentitel
Biology & Philosophy
Band
36
Ausgabe
3
Art.-Nr.
31
ISSN
0169-3867
eISSN
1572-8404
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2959076

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Trappes R. Defining the niche for niche construction: evolutionary and ecological niches. Biology & Philosophy. 2021;36(3): 31.
Trappes, R. (2021). Defining the niche for niche construction: evolutionary and ecological niches. Biology & Philosophy, 36(3), 31. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-021-09805-2
Trappes, R. (2021). Defining the niche for niche construction: evolutionary and ecological niches. Biology & Philosophy 36:31.
Trappes, R., 2021. Defining the niche for niche construction: evolutionary and ecological niches. Biology & Philosophy, 36(3): 31.
R. Trappes, “Defining the niche for niche construction: evolutionary and ecological niches”, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 36, 2021, : 31.
Trappes, R.: Defining the niche for niche construction: evolutionary and ecological niches. Biology & Philosophy. 36, : 31 (2021).
Trappes, Rose. “Defining the niche for niche construction: evolutionary and ecological niches”. Biology & Philosophy 36.3 (2021): 31.

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