Springer Geography

African Ecology

Benchmarks and Historical Perspectives

Authors: Spinage, Clive

  • African ecology, undergraduate to post graduate level
  • Its comprehensive approach makes it a unique contribution to the ecological literature, which should provide a standard reference for students and teachers of African ecology for many years to come
  • Its historical approach provides benchmarks against which present conditions can be evaluated
  • Contains 29 chapters plus appendix, with 221 maps and figures, and 148 monochrome plates
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About this book

In view of the rapidly changing ecology of Africa ,this work provides benchmarks for some of the major, and more neglected, aspects, with an accent on historical data to enable habitats to be seen in relation to their previous state, forming a background reference work to understanding how the ecology of Africa has been shaped by its past. Reviewing historical data wherever possible it adopts an holistic view treating man as well as animals, with accent on diseases both human and animal which have been a potent force in shaping Africa’s ecology, a role neglected in ecological studies.

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“It is one of the best recent synthetic works, drawing widely from the historical literature, and presents a wealth of past and current information in an accessible and highly readable format. … this work sets a valuable historical baseline for those interested in regional biogeography and especially for those currently working in this area … . This book therefore will be of use not just to students and scientists in the field of ecology, but to anyone interested in African history, wildlife conservation and development.” (Dino J. Martins, Frontiers of Biogeography, Vol. 5 (1), 2013)

“A benchmark book this is. … This reads like the memoirs of a knowledgeable naturalist who has spent a lot of time in the field but who also knows the literature (references cover 123 pages). I can’t think of any other book that covers such a wide range of African ecology with such a depth of historical understanding. … this will be a superb resource for anyone wanting a broad picture, and it certainly deserves a place in an ecological library.” (Peter Thomas, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, Vol. 43 (4), December, 2012)


Table of contents (29 chapters)

  • Africa Background to Exuberance

    Spinage, Clive A.

    Pages 1-53

  • The Changing Climate of Africa Part I: Introduction and Eastern Africa

    Spinage, Clive A.

    Pages 57-141

  • The Changing Climate of Africa Part II: West Africa and the Sahel

    Spinage, Clive A.

    Pages 143-182

  • The Changing Climate of Africa Part III: Southern Africa

    Spinage, Clive A.

    Pages 183-223

  • The Changing Climate of Africa Part IV: Its Effects

    Spinage, Clive A.

    Pages 225-250

Buy this book

eBook $299.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-22872-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $379.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-22871-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
African Ecology
Book Subtitle
Benchmarks and Historical Perspectives
Authors
Series Title
Springer Geography
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-22872-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-22872-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-22871-1
Series ISSN
2194-315X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLI, 1562
Number of Illustrations and Tables
328 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
Topics