The niche concept: Suggestions for its use in human ecology

  title={The niche concept: Suggestions for its use in human ecology},
  author={Donald L. Hardesty},
  journal={Human Ecology},
  • D. Hardesty
  • Published 1 April 1975
  • Environmental Science
  • Human Ecology
The Hutchinsonian concept of the ecological niche can be made operational for studies in human ecology by defining it in terms of thedistinctive ways of using resources for subsistence that set “cultural species” apart. Subsistence variety, the number of resources used for subsistence, and how much each is depended on are measures of distinctiveness, and the amount of variety present can be defined as thewidth of the ecological niche. The calculation of niche width from subsistence data is… 
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