Data Set Citation:
When using this data, please cite the data package:
NCEAS: 7362: Packer: SerengetiEcosystemExtended , NCEAS 4180: Packer: SerengetiEcosystem , National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis , Packer C , Mduma S , Coughenour M , and Ritchie M.
Serengeti Ecosystem
bowdish.99.5 (https://knb.ecoinformatics.org:443/knb/metacat/bowdish.99.5/nceas)
General Information:
Title:Serengeti Ecosystem
Identifier:bowdish.99
Abstract:
The Serengeti ecosystem exemplifies a number of general features of terrestrial food web dynamics and can therefore be viewed as a model system for studying a complex interplay of basic ecological principles. These include: (1) the diverse roles of generalist top predators in governing coexistence in prey communities, (2) the importance of omnivory and intraguild predation in modulating the magnitude of 'top-down' impacts of predators, (3) trophic cascades; (4) the implications of movement, landscape pattern, and spatial heterogeneity for food web dynamics, and, (5) the impact of temporal variation on stability and species composition of local communities. The Serengeti, like many ecosystems, is subject to increasing human use. Understanding human behavior and the links between humans and the ecosystem provides a necessary foundation for conservation.
Keywords:
  • Aerial Census
  • Wildebeest
  • Elephants
  • Rainfall
  • Livestock
  • Buffalo
  • Lions
  • Herbivores
  • Human Socioeconomic
  • Maps
  • Plants
  • Soils
  • Weather
  • Serengeti
  • Africa
  • Ecosystem

Involved Parties

Data Set Creators:
Organization:NCEAS: 7362: Packer: SerengetiEcosystemExtended
Organization:NCEAS 4180: Packer: SerengetiEcosystem
Organization:National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Individual: Craig Packer
Organization:University of Minnesota
Email Address:
packer@biosci.umn.edu
Individual: Simon Mduma
Organization:Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute , Tanzania
Email Address:
mduma@habari.co.tz
Individual: Michael Coughenour
Organization:Colorado State University
Email Address:
mikec@nrel.colostate.edu
Individual: Mark Ritchie
Organization:Syracuse University
Email Address:
meritchi@syr.edu
Data Set Contacts:
Individual: Simon Mduma
Organization:Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute , Tanzania
Email Address:
mduma@habari.co.tz
Individual: Mark Ritchie
Organization:Syracuse University
Email Address:
meritchi@syr.edu

Data Set Characteristics

Geographic Region:
Geographic Description:The Serengeti region encompasses the Serengeti National Park itself, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti and Ikorongo Game Reserves, and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
Bounding Coordinates:
West:  28.75  degrees
East:  40.375  degrees
North:  -3.75  degrees
South:  -10.875  degrees
Time Period:
Begin:
1986-01-01
End:
2001-12-31

Sampling, Processing and Quality Control Methods

Step by Step Procedures
Step 1:  
Description:

Systematic Reconnaissance Flights

Most of the data was collected using SRF (Systematic Reconnaissance Flights).

Data Set Usage Rights

Permission must be granted by the owners of the data sets involved in this project.
Access Control:
Auth System:knb
Order:denyFirst
Metadata download: Ecological Metadata Language (EML) File