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Sophie Strand, ever attuned to the choreographies of the natural world, might define an 'ecological niche' as the unique dance each species performs within the grand ballet of the ecosystem. For Strand, this term captures the intricate interplay of roles, relationships, and responsibilities a species holds—its particular way of weaving through the elements, resources, and other life forms that share its environment. It's not just a spot on the stage, but the distinctive movements, rhythms, and chemistry a species contributes to the ecological narrative, constantly evolving in response to the subtle cues and shifts in its surroundings. An ecological niche is thus a dynamic tapestry of existence, where every thread, every gesture, subtly shapes and is shaped by the collective performance of life.

See also: ecology, ecosystem, mycelium, mycorrhizal system, climate change

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