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Reindeer on South Georgia: The Ecology of an Introduced Population


Series: Studies in Polar Research

By: N Leader-Williams

319 pages, B/w photos, tabs & figs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2009 | #181887 | ISBN-13: 9780521106986
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NHBS Price: £31.99 $42/€36 approx
Hardback | Oct 1988 | #3149 | ISBN: 0521242711
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About this book

First published in 1988.

The introduction earlier this century of Norwegian reindeer to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia provided scientists with the unusual opportunity of studying the interaction between a large arctic herbivore and a southern ecosystem that had not previously been exposed to grazing by mammals. This book synthesises the results of many years' research into this fascinating ecological situation. The author develops the observations into two main themes.

First,a comparative study of the biology and ecology of a deer that occurs in a wide variety of Arctic habitats. Secondly, an investigation into the ways in which an introduced population adapts to a new environment, its relevance to the population ecology of mammals and to the conservation of southern island ecosystems. In doing this, the author discusses many topics including reproductive biology, feeding ecology, growth, mortality and population dynamics.


Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Reindeer in the Arctic and Antarctic: 1. Reindeer and caribou: taxonomy, habitats and ecology; 2. The introduction of mammals to new environments; 3. South Georgia: the island and its reindeer; Part II. Biology of reindeer: 4. Reproduction; 5. Food habits; 6. Growth and body condition; 7. Causes of mortality; Part III. Ecology of an introduction: 8. Irruptions of reindeer; 9. Impact of reindeer on vegetation; 10. Introduced mammals on southern islands; Part IV. Overview: References; Index.

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