Serengeti III: Human Impacts on Ecosystem Dynamics

Serengeti III: Human Impacts on Ecosystem Dynamics

by A. R. E. Sinclair
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226760332

ISBN-13: 9780226760339

Pub. Date: 08/15/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Serengeti National Park is one of the world's most diverse ecosystems, a natural laboratory for ecology, evolution, and conservation, with a history that dates back at least four million years to the beginnings of human evolution. The third book of a ground-breaking series, Serengeti III is the result of a long-term integrated research project that documents changes

Overview

Serengeti National Park is one of the world's most diverse ecosystems, a natural laboratory for ecology, evolution, and conservation, with a history that dates back at least four million years to the beginnings of human evolution. The third book of a ground-breaking series, Serengeti III is the result of a long-term integrated research project that documents changes to this unique ecosystem every ten years.

Bringing together researchers from a wide range of disciplines-ecologists, paleontologists, economists, social scientists, mathematicians, and disease specialists-this volume focuses on the interactions between the natural system and the human-dominated agricultural system. By examining how changes in rainfall, wildebeest numbers, commodity prices, and human populations have impacted the Serengeti ecosystem, the authors conclude that changes in the natural system have affected human welfare just as changes in the human system have impacted the natural world. To promote both the conservation of biota and the sustainability of human well-being, the authors recommend community-based conservation and protected-area conservation. Serengeti III presents a timely and provocative look at the conservation status of one of earth's most renowned ecosystems.

About the Author:
A. R. E. Sinclair is professor in the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia

About the Author:
Craig Packer is professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota

About the Author:
Simon A. R. Mduma is director of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute

About the Author:
John M. Fryxell is professor ofintegrative biology at the University of Guelph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226760339
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/15/2008
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Understanding the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem   Craig Packer   Stephen Polasky     1
Historical and Future Changes to the Serengeti Ecosystem   A.R. E. Sinclair   J. Grant C. Hopcraft   Han Olff   Simon A.R. Mduma   Kathleen A. Galvin   Gregory J. Sharam     7
Paleoecology of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem   Charles R. Peters   Robert J. Blumenschine   Richard L. Hay   Daniel A. Livingstone   Curtis W. Marean   Terry Harrison   Miranda Armour-Chelu   Peter Andrews   Raymond L. Bernor   Raymonde Bonnefille   Lars Werdelin     47
The Resource Basis of Human-Wildlife Interaction   Han Olff   J. Grant C. Hopcraft     95
Generation and Maintenance of Heterogeneity in the Serengeti Ecosystem   T. Michael Anderson   Jan Dempewolf   Kristine L. Metzger   Denne N. Reed   Suzanne Serneels     135
Global Environmental Changes and Their Impact On the Serengeti   Mark E. Ritchie     183
The Multiple Roles of Infectious Diseases in the Serengeti Ecosystem   Sarah Cleaveland   Craig Packer   Katie Hampson   Magai Kaare   Richard Kock   Meggan Craft   Tiziana Limbo   Titus Mlengeya   Andy Dobson     209
Reticulate Food Webs in Space and Time: Messages from the Serengeti   Robert D. Holt   Peter A. Abrams   John M. Fryxell   T. Kimbrell     241
Spatial Dynamics and Coexistence of the Serengeti Grazer Community   John M. Fryxell   Peter A. Abrams   Robert D. Holt   John F. Wilmshurst   A. R. E. Sinclair   Ray Hilborn     277
Dynamic Consequences of Human Behavior in the Serengeti Ecosystem   Christopher Costello   Nicholas Burger   Kathleen A. Galvin   Ray Hilborn   Stephen Polasky     301
Human Responses to Change: Modeling Household Decision Making in Western Serengeti   Kathleen A. Galvin   Steven Polasky   Christopher Costello   Martin Loibooki     325
Larger-Scale Influences on the Serengeti Ecosystem: National and International Policy, Economics, and Human Demography   Stephen Polasky   Jennifer Schmitt   Christopher Costello   Liaila Tajibaeva     347
Land-Use Economics in the Mara Area of the Serengeti Ecosystem   Mike Norton-Griffiths   Mohammed Y. Said   Suzanne Serneels   Dixon S. Kaelo   Mike Coughenour   Richard H. Lamprey   D. Michael Thompson   Robin S. Reid     379
Propagation of Change through a Complex Ecosystem   Ray Hilborn   A. R. E. Sinclair   John M. Fryxell     417
Who Pays for Conservation? Current and Future Financing Scenarios for the Serengeti Ecosystem   Simon Thirgood   Charles Mingwa   Emmanuel Gereta   Victor Runyoro   Rob Malpas   Karen Laurenson   Markus Borner     443
Integrating Conservation in Human and Natural Ecosystems   A. R. E. Sinclair     471
The Main Herbivorous Mammals and Crocodiles in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem   Simon A. R. Mduma   J. Grant C. Hopcraft     497
Contributors     507
Index     513

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