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Research Article

Spatial Pattern Enhances Ecosystem Functioning in an African Savanna

  • Robert M. Pringle mail,

    rpringle@fas.harvard.edu

    Affiliations: Society of Fellows, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, Mpala Research Centre, Nanyuki, Kenya

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  • Daniel F. Doak,

    Affiliations: Mpala Research Centre, Nanyuki, Kenya, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, United States of America

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  • Alison K. Brody,

    Affiliations: Mpala Research Centre, Nanyuki, Kenya, Department of Biology, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, United States of America

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  • Rudy Jocqué,

    Affiliation: Department of African Zoology, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium

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  • Todd M. Palmer

    Affiliations: Mpala Research Centre, Nanyuki, Kenya, Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

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  • Published: May 25, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000377

About the Authors

Robert M. Pringle
Society of Fellows, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Robert M. Pringle, Daniel F. Doak, Alison K. Brody, Todd M. Palmer
Mpala Research Centre, Nanyuki, Kenya
Daniel F. Doak
Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, United States of America
Alison K. Brody
Department of Biology, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, United States of America
Rudy Jocqué
Department of African Zoology, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium
Todd M. Palmer
Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: rpringle@fas.harvard.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

The author(s) have made the following declarations about their contributions: Conceived and designed the experiments: RMP. Performed the experiments: RMP. Analyzed the data: RMP DFD. Wrote the paper: RMP DFD. Contributed data, technical advice, and reviews of the manuscript: AKB RJ TMP.