Title

An Organism-Centered Approach to Some Community and Ecosystem Concepts

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Theoretical Biology

Publication Date

1981

Volume

88

Issue

2

Abstract

We present a discussion of the ecological concept of the niche based on the perspective of the individual organism, rather than that of a population or species. This discussion is then expanded to include other related ecological concepts such as guild, environment, habitat and functional group.

Using the individual as the focus permits the development of a system of concepts which, we believe, approximate the way that ecological interactions occur in nature.

Comments

Originally published by Elsevier. Publisher's PDF available through remote link.

First Page

287

Last Page

307

DOI

10.1016/0022-5193(81)90077-1