Adaptive Herbivore Ecology Student EditionFrom Resources to Populations in Variable Environments
- Publication Date: 2005
- Dimensions and Pages: 230 x 150 mm, 374 pp
- EAN: 9781868144273
- Recommended Price (ZAR): 290.00
The adaptation of herbivore behaviour is seasonal and locational variations in vegetation quantity and quality is inadequately modelled by conventional methods. Norman Owen-Smith innovatively links the principles of adaptive behaviour to their consequences for population dynamics and community ecology, through the application of a metaphysiological modelling approach.
The main focus is on large mammalian herbivores occupying seasonally variable environments such as those characterised by African savannahs, but applications to temperate zone ungulates are also included. Issues of habitat suitability are similarly investigated. The modelling approach accommodates various sources of environmental variability, in space and time, in a simple conceptual way and has the potential to be applied to other consumer-resource systems.
Norman Owen-Smith is Research Professor in African Ecology and heads the Centre for African Ecology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.