Role of Long-term Monitoring in Understanding the Serengeti Ecosystem: Alternating Effects of the El Niño Southern Oscillation on Serengeti Ecosystem Stability
Dr. Anthony R. E. Sinclair, Professor Emeritus
University of British Columbia
Dr. Sinclair received a PhD from Oxford University and has spent most of his career conducting research in the Serengeti ecosystem of Central Africa studying a variety of questions: predator-prey dynamics, the function of animal migration, population regulation, trophic cascades, community ecology, optimal foraging theory, consequences of declines in biodiversity on ecosystem function, and conservation biology and policy. He has published over 100 papers in a wide variety of both applied and conceptual journals. Dr. Sinclair will discuss the value of long-term monitoring and research for understanding patterns and processes in ecology. His research in the Serengeti ecosystem highlights concepts that apply to ecosystems everywhere. His work is a great example of research that provides advances in evolutionary ecology and also contributes to conservation and management of animal populations.