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Serengeti: Dynamics of an Ecosystem

Series: Serengeti Volume: 1

By: Anthony RE Sinclair (Editor), M Norton-Griffiths (Editor)

402 pages, 45 plates with illustrations

University of Chicago Press

Paperback | Sep 1984 | #4745 | ISBN: 0226760294
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Hardback | Dec 1980 | #3636 | ISBN: 0226760286
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About this book

Originally published in 1979, Serengeti: Dynamics of an Ecosystem was immediately recognized as the first synthesis of the patterns and processes of a major ecosystem. A prototype for initial studies, Serengeti contains baseline data for further and comparative studies of ecosystems.

"The editors of this volume have drawn together a number of experienced ecologists who have attempted to view their research within the broad framework of the Serengeti ecosystem. The book represents one of the most complete and thought-provoking attempts to analyze an African grassland ecosystem to date and will be a valuable source for all students and researchers engaged in the study of ecology in the tropics. Above all, perhaps, we may hope that as a result of the appearance of this valuable volume the work of the Serengeti Research Institute will not die."
- Science

"Exceptional research coverage of this ecosystem."
- Animal Behaviour


Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

1: Dynamics of the Serengeti Ecosystem: Process and Pattern
A. R. E. Sinclair
2: The Serengeti Environment
A. R. E. Sinclair
3: Grassland-Herbivore Dynamics
S. J. McNaughton
4: The Eruption of the Ruminants
A. R. E. Sinclair
5: The "Migration" and Grazing Succession
Linda Maddock
6: Feeding Strategy and the Pattern of Resource-Partitioning in Ungulates
P. J. Jarman, A. R. E. Sinclair.
7: Energy Costs of Locomotion and the Concept of "Foraging Radius"
C. J. Pennycuick
8: The Dynamics of Ungulate Social Organization
P. J. Jarman, M. V. Jarman.
9: Serengeti Predators and Their Social Systems
Brian C. R. Bertram
10: Population Changes in Lions and Other Predators
J. P. Hanby, J. D. Bygott.
11: The Adaptations of Scavengers
D. C. Houston
12: A Simulation of the Wildebeest Population, Other Ungulates, and Their Predators
Ray Hilborn, A. R. E. Sinclair.
13: The Influence of Grazing, Browsing, and Fire on the Vegetation Dynamics of the Serengeti
M. Norton-Griffiths

Appendix A: Changes in Populations of Resident Ungulates
J. J. R. Grimsdelt
Appendix B: Scientific and Common Names of Serengeti Mammal and Bird Species Mentioned in the Text
Appendix C: Bibliography of Serengeti Scientific Publications
Index


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