Serengeti III: Human Impacts on Ecosystem Dynamics

Serengeti III: Human Impacts on Ecosystem Dynamics

by A. R. E. Sinclair
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 welfare, 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.  

Editorial Reviews

Choice

"This book builds on the previous two volumes on the Serengeti ecosystem. The first volume, Serengeti: The

Dynamics of an Ecosystem (CH, Sep'80), synthesizes the previous 20 years of research on herbivore-carnivore

population dynamics and vegetation-herbivore systems. The second, Serengeti II (CH, Feb'96, 33-3300), updates

information on ecosystem dynamics, conservation, and changes brought about by a growing population of pastoralists

and agriculturalists surrounding the Serengeti. Serengeti III focuses on major changes taking place in this ecosystem

and their impact on the future, intensified by the growing human population near the protected area. In 16

multiauthored chapters, ecologists, paleontologists, epidemiologists, economists, social scientists, and mathematicians

report on a program that integrates socioeconomic research and decision making with ecological research. The goal is

to develop a better understanding of the feedback loop between natural and human components of the Serengeti

ecosystem. This work is best studied in the context of the other two volumes. The three together provide an

unparalleled long-term study of natural and anthropogenic changes to a large, intact ecosystem and offer approaches

to conservation. A critical addition to the conservation biology library....Essential."

Ecoscience
"This book illustrates the complexity of the challenges ahead for the Serengeti ecosystem, as well as the need for integrative, multidisciplinary approaches."

— Nathalie Pettorelli

Biologist
"An important extension of previous volumes and a valuable case study in community-based conservation."

— Ian Powell

Integrative and Comparative Biology

"Serengeti III's value lies in its extensive coverage of the ecosystem processes, providing the background for conservation planning and management. . . . A valuable and important reference for students, scientists and managers in landscape ecology, park management, rangeland management, wildlife conservation, and social ecology."

— W.G. Doerrgeloh

Ecoscience - Nathalie Pettorelli

"This book illustrates the complexity of the challenges ahead for the Serengeti ecosystem, as well as the need for integrative, multidisciplinary approaches."
Biologist - Ian Powell

"An important extension of previous volumes and a valuable case study in community-based conservation."
Integrative and Comparative Biology - W.G. Doerrgeloh

"Serengeti III's value lies in its extensive coverage of the ecosystem processes, providing the background for conservation planning and management. . . . A valuable and important reference for students, scientists and managers in landscape ecology, park management, rangeland management, wildlife conservation, and social ecology."
African Zoology

Serengeti III belongs on the shelves of any ecological research or teaching library in the world, and in the private collections of all those who have a more than passing interest in African ecology.”
Policy and Practice Pastoralism: Research

“The book brings much new material and novel analyses, particularly modeling expertise, to build on existing work. It also heralds a change of emphasis. . . . This is in recognition that in order to understand the changes Serengeti has seen and its different possible futures, it is necessary to move on from the biophysical ‘hard’ science to the difficult science of social, economic and political drivers. This is an exciting and groundbreaking move. . . . I am already looking forward to Serengeti IV.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226760353
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/15/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

A. R. E. Sinclair is professor in the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia. Craig Packer is professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. Simon A. R. Mduma is director of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute. John M. Fryxell is professor of integrative biology at the University of Guelph.

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