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Serengeti IVSustaining biodiversity in a coupled human-natural system$
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Anthony R. E. Sinclair, Kristine L. Metzger, Simon A. R. Mduma, and John M. Fryxell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226195834

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226196336.001.0001

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Socioecological Dynamics and Feedbacks in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem

Socioecological Dynamics and Feedbacks in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem

(p.584) (p.585) Twenty Socioecological Dynamics and Feedbacks in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem
Serengeti IV

Ricardo M. Holdo

Robert D. Holt

University of Chicago Press

Complex ecological systems are practically defined by the wide array of direct and indirect links among species, functional groups, and abiotic factors in ecosystems. This is captured, for example, in the enormous complex array of links that describe the Serengeti ecosystem food web structure. Depending on the relative importance of individual links, changes in the abundance of any given node can have positive, negative, or neutral effects on other elements in the network. Inserting ecosystems into the broader context of socio-ecological systems enhances this complexity and imposes new challenges. One key challenge for any modeling approach is to capture the minimum level of model complexity that adequately addresses the question of interest, and whether modeling a system as a socio-ecological system (versus purely as an ecological system) is warranted.

Keywords:   ecosystems, food web structure, exogenous influences, human impacts, wildlife populations

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