East African Ecosystems and Their Conservation

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byTim McClanahan, Truman P. Young

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East Africa is one of the most diverse and interesting tropical area on the planet. It is home not only to the last great megafaunal assemblage, but also to human populations with the highest growth rates. This book draws on the expertise of leading ecologists, each intimately familiar with aparticular set of East African ecosystems, to provide the first in-depth and integrated account of the ecology, management, threats, and conservation of these diverse ecosystems. Summarizing the tremendous wealth of scientific research that has come out of East Africa in the last few decades, eachchapter analyzes a given ecosystem type, taking the reader through the basics of its ecology, its historical use (and misuse) by humans, and its prospects for conservation. Throughout the book, linkages and similarities among ecosystems are emphasized, the historical and contemporary role of humansin shaping these ecosystems is considered, fundamental principles of ecology are considered, and interesting case studies are highlighted. Students and researchers in ecology, conservation biology, and environmental sciences will find this book useful in their work.

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East Africa is one of the most diverse and interesting tropical area on the planet. It is home not only to the last great megafaunal assemblage, but also to human populations with the highest growth rates. This book draws on the expertise of leading ecologists, each intimately familiar with aparticular set of East African ecosystems, ...

Tim McClanahan is at The Wildlife Conservation Society. Truman P. Young is at Fordham University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 1.18 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195108175

ISBN - 13:9780195108170

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Table of Contents

PART I: Environmental and Human History1. D.A. Livingstone: Historical Ecology2. D.A. Burney: Paleoecology of Humans and their AncestorsPART II: Marine Ecosystems3. T.R. McClanahan: Oceanic Ecosystems and Pelagic Fisheries4. T.R. McClanahan and D.O. Obura: Coral Reefs and Nearshore Fisheries5. R.K. Ruwa: Intertidal WetlandsPART III: Inland-Water Ecosystems6. S.D. Cooper: Rivers and Streams7. J.M. Melack: Saline and Freshwater Lakes of the Kenyan Rift Valley8. L. Kaufman, L.J. Chapman and C.A. Chapman: The Great Lakes9. D.M. Harper and K.M. Mavuti: Freshwater Wetlands and MarshesPART IV: Grass, Shrub, and Woodland Ecosystems10. D.M. Swift, M.B. Coughenour, and M. Atsedu: Arid and Semi-Arid Ecosystems11. H. Gichohi, E. Mwangi, and C. Gakahu: Savanna Ecosystems12. W.A. Rodgers: The Miombo WoodlandsPART V: Forest Ecosystems13. N. Burgess, C.D. Fitzgibbon, and P. Clarke: Coastal Forests14. K.E. Medley and F.M.R. Hughes: Riverine Forests15. C.A. Chapman and L.J. Chapman: Mid-Elevation Forests: A History of Disturbance and Regeneration16. T.P. Young: High Montane Forest and Afroalpine Ecosystems

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"The superior editing will allow use by students as a resource on East African ecosystems. Thoughtful travelers to Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda should read this book. . . . comprehensively treated in an enjoyable manner. Highly recommended."--Choice