Niche Conservatism: Integrating Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation Biology

  title={Niche Conservatism: Integrating Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation Biology},
  author={John J. Wiens and Catherine H. Graham},
  journal={Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics},
  • J. WiensC. Graham
  • Published 10 November 2005
  • Environmental Science
  • Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
▪ Abstract Niche conservatism is the tendency of species to retain ancestral ecological characteristics. In the recent literature, a debate has emerged as to whether niches are conserved. We suggest that simply testing whether niches are conserved is not by itself particularly helpful or interesting and that a more useful focus is on the patterns that niche conservatism may (or may not) create. We focus specifically on how niche conservatism in climatic tolerances may limit geographic range… 

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