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Transformations of LamarckismFrom Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology$
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Snait B. Gissis and Eva Jablonka

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015141

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015141.001.0001

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Mind the Gaps: Why Are Niche Construction Models So Rarely Used?

Mind the Gaps: Why Are Niche Construction Models So Rarely Used?

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Transformations of Lamarckism
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Ayelet Shavit

James Griesemer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015141.003.0029

Niche construction refers to a process by which organisms modify the abiotic and biotic features of their environments. This chapter discusses problems of accepting the phenomenon of niche construction in biodiversity research. It argues that the explicit incorporation of the niche construction perspective into empirical ecological research can provide insights to the complex patterns of spatial and temporal ecological changes.

Keywords:   niche construction, abiotic, biotic, biodiversity research, ecological research, ecological changes

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