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    DescriptionSavannah habitats comprise an ecologically important but ultimately fragile ecosystem. They constitute one of the largest biomes on Earth, covering about twenty percent of the land surface, and can be simply described as tropical and subtropical grasslands with scattered bushes and trees. Most savannahs occur in Africa (with a smaller amount in South America, India and Australia), which is the region that this book concentrates on. Savannahs form a rich mosaic of diverse ecosystems, and The Biology of African Savannahs offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to their ecology. It describes the major plants (grasses, and trees such as Acacia) and animals (mainly large mammals) that live in this habitat, and examines the biological and ecological factors that influence their population size, interactions (such as predation) and community composition. Conservation issues such as climate change, hunting, and conflict between wildlife and domestic animals are also discussed. This accessible text is suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in savannah and tropical ecology as part of a wider ecology and/or conservation biology degree programme. It will also be of relevance and use to the many professional ecologists and conservation practitioners requiring a concise but authoritative overview of the topic.


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    Title
    The Biology of African Savannahs
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bryan Shorrocks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780198570660
    ISBN 10: 019857066X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1H
    BIC subject category V2: RNKH
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Ingram Theme: CULT/AFRICN
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ECOLGY
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 09
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16770
    BIC subject category V2: PSAF
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SCI088000, SCI020000
    BIC subject category V2: 1H
    DC22: 577.4/8096
    LC classification: QH194 .S46 2007
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 577.48096
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC region code: 3.0.0.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: PSAF, RNKH
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1H
    Illustrations note
    162 line drawings, 7 halftones
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    11 October 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Bryan Shorrocks is an Honorary Professor in the Environment Department, University of York. Before his association with York he was Professor of Population Ecology at the University of Leeds. For many years he was senior editor of the Journal of Animal Ecology and is presently one of the panel of referees for the African Journal of Ecology. He has twice been a member of the Council of the British Ecological Society, and has been on research committees for NERC (TLS, and Large Scale Ecological Processes in Ecology), and AFRC (Plants & Environment, and Global Environment Change). Presently he gives scientific advice to the Namibian Cheetah Project, is UK representative for the East African Wildlife Society (and is a Trustee of the East African Wildlife Trust. He carries most of his East African Research at the Mpala Research Centre, in Laikipia, central Kenya.
    Review quote
    'The style is light and easy to read, and the material is laid out in a sensible order and so is easy to navigate...It is a very welcome addition to the Biology of Habitats series.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society
    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