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Time in Ecology$
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Eric Post

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691182353

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691182353.001.0001

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The Phenological Niche

The Phenological Niche

(p.67) Chapter Four The Phenological Niche
Time in Ecology

Eric Post

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the concept of the phenological niche. This exposition distinguishes between describing the manner in which organisms use time in the expression of life history traits, in terms of absolutely early or late life history strategies, and the manner in which organisms use time in the expression of life history traits relative to their timing of expression by other organisms. Consequently, this distinction fosters an understanding of how the timing of expression of life history traits and the duration of life history stages bounded by them result in strategies for the use of absolute time and relative ecological time. The chapter then examines absolute phenological niche and relative phenological niche.

Keywords:   phenological niche, organisms, time, life history traits, life history stages, absolute phenological niche, relative phenological niche

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