What Niche Construction is (not)


This chapter compares standard evolutionary theory to niche construction theory, in which an organism can affect its environment and can thus influence the selective process to come. We show how to characterize this confrontation in terms of the time-scales of the processes involved, which allows us to identify the range of applicability truly proper to niche construction theory, and to suggest the existence of evolutionary phenomena that are not describable by standard evolutionary theory.

La Niche Ecologique: Concepts, Modèles, Applications. (Thèse de Doctorat)