Generation and Maintenance of Heterogeneity in the Serengeti Ecosystem

T. Michael Anderson, Jan Dempewolf, Kristine L. Metzger, Denné N. Reed and Suzanne Serneels

in Serengeti III

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226760339
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226760353 | DOI:
Generation and Maintenance of Heterogeneity in the Serengeti Ecosystem

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This chapter describes the abiotic (e.g., soils, climate, landscape) and biotic (e.g., plant, animal) patterns of heterogeneity in the Serengeti, and identifies processes that contribute to their generation and maintenance. It describes patterns of heterogeneity in terms of the nature of their measurement—whether qualitative or quantitative—and the extent to which they included a spatial component. Furthermore, it identifies how humans have impacted natural patterns of heterogeneity across the Serengeti ecosystem within the last century. Because abiotic and biotic sources of heterogeneity can interact in complex ways and can produce unpredictable results, the chapter concludes by discussing three examples of heterogeneity generated and maintained by complex interactions between abiotic and biotic sources.

Keywords: abiotic sources; biotic sources; heterogeneity; Serengeti

Chapter.  17594 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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