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The Biology of African Savannahs

Second Edition

Bryan Shorrocks and William Bates

November 2014

ISBN: 9780198702719

352 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Biology of Habitats Series

Price: £37.49

This is a comprehensive update of this popular and practical introduction to savannah ecology, examining a range of ecological issues including population regulation, species interactions, food webs, biodiversity and conservation.

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This is a comprehensive update of this popular and practical introduction to savannah ecology, examining a range of ecological issues including population regulation, species interactions, food webs, biodiversity and conservation.

  • A comprehensive update of this popular and practical introduction to savannah ecology
  • Examines a range of ecological issues including population regulation, species interactions, food webs, biodiversity and conservation
  • Includes the conflict between conservation and human use and the developing environmental issues facing the field
  • A new co-author provides another useful perspective and increased expertise in evolutionary developmental ecology

About the Author(s)

Bryan Shorrocks, Honorary Professor, Environment Department, University of York, and William Bates, Emeritus Professor, Department of Biology, University of British Columbia

Bryan Shorrocks is an Honorary Professor in the Environment Department, University of York. He was previously Professor of Population Ecology at the University of Leeds, and is an Emeritus Professor of that University. For many years he was senior editor of the Journal of Animal Ecology, and for the past 5 years has been an editor for the African Journal of Ecology. He has twice been a member of the Council of the British Ecological Society, and has been on UK research committees for NERC and AFRC. He advises the Namibian Cheetah Project, is UK representative for the East African Wildlife Society, and is a Trustee of the East African Wildlife Trust. His current research at the Mpala Research Centre, in Laikipia, central Kenya focuses on reticulated giraffes in the region. He recently helped to supervise a giraffe project in Namibia, and was the script advisor for the Savannah programme in the BBC's 'Africa' series. During the last 26 years he has had 148 publications.

William Bates studied initially at the University of Guelph followed by an MSc. in Zoology at the University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. in Zoology at University of Texas at Austin. He has held the following research positions: NSERC PostDoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford, and Kyoto University, Assistant Professor at Carleton University 1989-1994, Research Scientist at Bamfield Marine Science Centre 1994-1999; Associate College Professor at Okanagan University College 1999-2005; Associate Professor at University of British Columbia 2005-2013; Emeritus Professor at University of British Columbia 2013-present. He has had over 50 publications and over $1 million in total of research support. He has had fourteen years of field work in Africa studying wildlife vocalizations.

Table of Contents

    1: Savannahs
    2: The vegetation
    3: The animals
    4: Single species populations
    5: Species interactions
    6: The savannah community and its conservation

Reviews

"A readable, well researched, fine book. Natural history libraries and ecology and conservation biology institutions should have it in their collections, and it would be useful to wildlife students, ecology scholars, as well as tour leaders in East Africa." - Conservation Biology

"an impressive sweep of savannah environmental science and the volume will be a great compendium for African graduate students in particular because it introduces so many aspects of savannah ecology" - Tim Caro, Quarterly Review of Biology

"[A] valuable synthesis, particularly for students or naturalists new to African savannas. Updated with the latest research in the field, this new edition provides a good introduction and an accessible compilation of the literature. Recommended." - Choice

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