OLM 10.6. An example for the calculation of niche overlap


We have shown in TBox 10.2 (p. 211-212) how niche overlap can be calculated from the impact and sensitivity functions. To this end, it is indispensable to specify the niche space, which is not an easy task usually. Fortunately, niche overlap can be estimated from the parameters of the implicit models of the dynamics as well. The niche overlap thus estimated and the correlations of the differences between the species may be of help in exploring the niche space, too. For example, Godoy and Levine (2014) have deployed this method in proving the importance of temporal segregation of flowering times in annual plant communities.     


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