Rob Pringle seminar: The assembly, destruction, and reconstruction of African savanna ecosystems

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Dr. Pringle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. His research focuses on three main problems. First, his work aims to understand the ways in which large mammalian herbivores directly and indirectly shape the ecosystems they inhabit: how do they affect plants and other animals, and what can this tell us about the likely impacts of past and future extinctions? Second, he is interested in how top predators structure communities by altering the abundance and behavior of their prey. Lastly, he is interested in the spatial organization of these ecosystems–specifically, how regular patterns created by “ecosystem engineers” like termites influence the behavior of individuals, populations, and entire ecosystems.