© 2012

African Ecology

Benchmarks and Historical Perspectives


Part of the Springer Geography book series (SPRINGERGEOGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xli
  2. Clive A. Spinage
    Pages 1-53
  3. The Abiotic Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Clive A. Spinage
      Pages 251-292
    3. Clive A. Spinage
      Pages 293-338
  4. The Floral Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
  5. Abundance of Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 479-479
    2. Clive A. Spinage
      Pages 571-614
    3. Clive A. Spinage
      Pages 615-673
    4. Clive A. Spinage
      Pages 715-783
    5. Clive A. Spinage
      Pages 785-817

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.


African Climate African Conservation African Ecology African History

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.FaringdonUnited Kingdom

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From the reviews:

“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)