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Adaptive Herbivore Ecology

From Resources To Populations In Variable Environments

392 pages

January, 2005

ISBN: 9781868144273


Norman Owen-Smith is a research professor in African ecology and heads the Centre for African Ecology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

 An innovative connection between adaptive behavior and community ecology in herbivores
The adaptation of herbivore behavior to seasonal and geo- graphic variations in vegetation quantity and quality is inadequately modeled by conventional methods. Norman Owen-Smith innovatively links the principles of adaptive behavior to their consequences for population dynamics and community ecology, through the application of a metaphysiological modeling approach. The modeling approach accommodates various sources of environmental variability, in space and time, in a simple conceptual way and has the potential to be applied to other consumer-resource systems.