Dr. Paul Colinvaux
"Every species has its niche" (1978)
An ecologist's view of life's complexity based on how a species copes.
"... its place in the grand scheme of things."
related ideas: nest
I Introduction Defines earning one's keep
4. competitive quest for food, fuel, fiber & forage
B niche is defined
B carrying capacity is defined as a limitation on endless growth
The grassland prairie.
A natural selection argument
1. twin gambits
a. small egg gambit - numerous young strategy; oysters or alligators
b. large egg gambit - few young receive a greater investment of time, primates
B economy of behavior–– –– that is to say any expenditure of energy is circumscribed
C optimization of time, expenditures and resources because the niche acts as a funnel or
container into which the creature's genetic variability allows it to adapt, if not full exploit.
The planet is losing species as fast as humans are losing languages to describe these endangered creatures.
His article is important because:
On the Origin of Species, notes on a primary document.
Sandra Steingraber, Living Downstream
Lewis Thomas, symbiosis.
gambit, usually an opening move involving some risk, with an unknowable outcome