The Serengeti Rules by Dr Anthony Sinclair

Mar
18
When: Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020, 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Nanaimo Campus

Vancouver Island University, Arts and Sciences Building 355, Room 203


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VIU SCIENCE & TECH COMMUNITY LECTURE
The Serengeti Rules (A Documentary)
Dr Anthony Sinclair

ABSTRACT: This film concerns the efforts of five scientists who, over some 50 years, set out to
discover the rules by which the natural world works, how ecosystems work. It starts with the
classic work of Bob Paine who in 1966 put forward the idea of keystone species ‐ top predators
that structure the community both to provide biodiversity and stability in the system. He worked
on the intertidal communities off the Washington coast. There follows the work of Jim Estes on
the top‐down effects of Pacific sea otters, Mary Power on large‐mouthed bass in river ecosystems,
and John Terborgh on Amazon tropical forests. In all three we see how human interference and
exploitation has caused the unraveling of the system, the collapse of the trophic cascade. Finally,
we get to my work on the Serengeti. This starts with a collapsed system and documents the self‐
restoration over some 100 years. This is the message of hope‐ given enough time and a little help
we can repair the damage done. It is not too late if we make the right decisions.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
7:00 ‐ 8:00 pm
Refreshments: 6:45 pm
Vancouver Island University, Arts and Sciences Building 355, Room 203

For more information, contact Tim.stokes@viu.ca


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