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.
Data Set Creators:
NCEAS: 7362: Packer: SerengetiEcosystemExtended
NCEAS 4180: Packer: SerengetiEcosystem
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
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.
Sampling, Processing and Quality Control Methods
Step by Step Procedures
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.