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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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Fire in the Serengeti Ecosystem

Fire in the Serengeti Ecosystem

History, Drivers, and Consequences

Chapter:
(p.73) Four Fire in the Serengeti Ecosystem
Source:
Serengeti IV
Author(s):

Stephanie Eby

Jan Dempewolf

Ricardo M. Holdo

Kristine L. Metzger

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226196336.003.0004

Highlights what is currently known about the history of fire and its impacts on the Serengeti Ecosystem. While much is known about the role that fire plays many questions are still unanswered. Fire is one of the main management tools used in the Serengeti Ecosystem. Considering what we do know about the role of fire in this ecosystem, it is still difficult to assess the efficacy and outcome of the management plan outlined above and many questions remain. Questions for further research should include; whether and how much prescribed fire is needed to achieve the management goals above? Do management actions conflict with goals? Managers would benefit from tracking their actions to determine if outcomes and goals were achieved. This calls for an adaptive management approach to assess if management actions are effective.

Keywords:   Serengeti ecosystem, fire management tool, grassland ecosystems, ecosystem function

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