Ecological legacies of civil war : 35-year increase in savanna tree cover following wholesale large-mammal declines

@inproceedings{Daskin2015EcologicalLO,
  title={Ecological legacies of civil war : 35-year increase in savanna tree cover following wholesale large-mammal declines},
  author={Joshua H. Daskin and Marc Stalmans and Robert M. Pringle},
  year={2015}
}
1. Large mammalian herbivores (LMH) exert strong effects on plants in tropical savannas, and many wild LMH populations are declining. However, predicting the impacts of these declines on vegetation structure remains challenging. 2. Experiments suggest that tree cover can increase rapidly following LMH exclusion. Yet it is unclear whether these results scale up to predict ecosystem-level impacts of LMH declines, which often alter fire regimes, trigger compensatory responses of other herbivores… CONTINUE READING