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 4 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 well-being, the authors recommend community-based conservation and protected-area conservation. Serengeti III presents a timely and provocative look at the conservation of one of the world's most renowned ecosystems.
John Fryxell is an ecologist in the the Department of Integrative Ecology, with special interests in the role that behavior plays in ecological interactions. Much of his work has centered on plants, herbivores, and mammalian carnivores in terrestrial ecosystems. Since his PhD thesis work in Sudan in the 1980's he has maintained a strong research interest in African ecology, particularly the Serengeti ecosystem.