Thu, April 25, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM UBC Point Grey Campus. Free. Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is the foremost World Heritage Site. Research over the past fifty years has shown why Serengeti is unique, what produces its vast numbers and biodiversity, how it became a protected area, and how political, economic, and social events over past centuries have shaped it.
Join researcher Dr. Anthony R.E. Sinclair and learn more about the story behind the science; the exciting events that took place while scientists documented these dramatic changes, and why we must now consider the future of conservation.
About the Speaker: Dr. Anthony R.E. Sinclair began research in 1965 in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, to understand the local increase of animal populations. Over the next five decades, he went on to document the effects of drought and starvation, the role of predators and disease, and the reasons behind the region’s extraordinary migration. These studies have been synthesized in five books culminating with Serengeti Story published in 2012. He has also worked in the Yukon, Australia, and New Zealand. Until recently, Sinclair was Director of the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London and the Royal Society of Canada.