About this website

We have developed this website in the hope that it will prove a valuable resource for the community of academics, students and other individuals interested in the topic of niche construction. The website is designed to provide an accessible introduction to the subject of niche construction, explaining what it is, and how it is being used across multiple academic fields.

There are so many published articles on niche construction now that we cannot possibly feature them all. Please forgive us if we have not mentioned your favourite study. Designing and producing the content for this website has been a huge undertaking, and the website is already far more content rich that most comparable sites. Nonetheless, if you do detect an egregious omission please don’t hesitate to let us know, and maybe we will be able to incorporate it.

If you have recently written on niche construction, tell us about your work, and we will try to tweet about it from @EES_update. Our hope is that a flavour of what is genuinely exciting about niche construction comes across in the website’s pages, that it starts to become widely used, and eventually becomes cherished by the community.

Kevin Laland and Lynn Chiu

May 2020

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Website design
We are grateful to Anne Odling-Smee and her team at Design Science including Željko Milošević, Pietro Sandri, Dan Phillips and Caitlin Jedski for building this website.

Content created and maintained by Kevin Laland and Lynn Chiu with input from John Odling-Smee and the assistance of Linda Hall.

The following colleagues gave us valuable input and feedback (in alphabetical order): Christian Dorninger, Marc Feldman, Laurel Fogarty, Scott F. Gilbert, Jeremy Kendal, Armin Moczek, Gerd Mueller, Mike O’Brien, Adrian Stencel, Sonia Sultan, Mark M. Tanaka, Rose G. Trappes, Tobias Uller, Sophie Veigl, Melinda Zeder.

We are also grateful to the John Templeton Foundation for financial support for the production of this website.