B1510F07_L16_commecol_cont

B1510F07_L16_commecol_cont - The Niche Definition the set...

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Biol 1510 Fall 2007 The Niche Definition: the set of physical and biological parameters that define the living requirements and living conditions of a species. A niche is a multidimensional volume in resource space that describes the set of environmental and biological conditions under which the species can survive. The niche of a species may change in response to competition and environmental change. Over time, selection may alter the niche of an organism.
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Biol 1510 Fall 2007 The Niche Resource β Resource α Species 1 Species 2
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Biol 1510 Fall 2007 PRS: If species 1 is the dominant competitor, which space A, B, or C describes species 2’s realized niche. Resource β Resource α Species 1 Species 2 A B C
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Biol 1510 Fall 2007 The Niche Often defined as an organism’s “way of life” or “role” in a community ( after Charles Elton, 1927 ) Alternatively, the sum of all sites in a community where a given species can live ( after Joseph Grinnell, 1917 ) More broadly defined as the intersection of the ranges of environmental parameters within which a given species can persist ( after G. E. Hutchinson, 1957 ) realized niche : in the presence of species that have a negative impact on the organism (competitors, predators, pathogens) fundamental niche : in the absence of such other species niches of different species generally have minimal overlap
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Biol 1510 Fall 2007 Competitive exclusion in the rocky intertidal zone mean high tide mean low tide Balanus Chthamalus
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Biol 1510 Fall 2007 The Rocky Intertidal zone mean high tide mean low tide Balanus Chthamalus Balanus adults: Chthamalus adults:
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