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Serengeti III Human Impacts on Ecosystem Dynamics

by Simon A.R. Mduma, John M. Fryxell

Serengeti III Human Impacts on Ecosystem Dynamics Synopsis

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 groundbreaking 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 affected the Serengeti ecosystem, the authors conclude that changes in the natural system have affected human welfare just as changes in the human system have affected 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.

Serengeti III Human Impacts on Ecosystem Dynamics Press Reviews

This book illustrates the complexity of the challenges ahead for the Serengeti ecosystem, as well as the need for integrative, multidisciplinary approaches. --Nathalie Pettorelli Ecoscience An important extension of previous volumes and a valuable case study in community-based conservation. --Ian Powell Biologist 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 Integrative and Comparative Biology

Book Information

ISBN: 9780226760346
Publication date: 19th September 2008
Author: Simon A.R. Mduma, John M. Fryxell
Publisher: University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 512 pages
Categories: Ecological science, the Biosphere,

About Simon A.R. Mduma, John M. Fryxell

A. R. E. Sinclair is professor in the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia. Craig Packer is professor in the Department 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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