Tony Sinclair (biologist)

Tony Sinclair
Anthony Ronald Entrican Sinclair

(1944-03-25) March 25, 1944 (age 75)[1]
ResidenceSteveston, British Columbia
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
Known forSerengeti research
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of British Columbia
ThesisStudies of the ecology of the East African buffalo (1971)
Doctoral advisorNiko Tinbergen[3]
Doctoral studentsStan Boutin

Anthony Ronald Entrican Sinclair FRSC FRS (born March 25, 1944)[1] is a professor emeritus of zoology at the University of British Columbia.[2][4]

Education and early life

Sinclair spent his early childhood in the African bush in Tanzania, where his love for Africa and animals led him to study for degrees in zoology at Pembroke College, Oxford.[1][2] For his doctoral dissertation, Sinclair conducted research into the ecology of African Buffalo under Niko Tinbergen at the University of Oxford[3] with supervision from Hugh Lamprey at the Serengeti Research Institute.[5]

Research and career

Sinclair is an ecologist and leading authority on the ecology, population dynamics and community structures of large mammals. His work is of importance for the management and conservation of the environment in Africa, North America and Australia. He is particularly interested in the areas of predator sensitive foraging, predator–prey theory, migration and the regulation of populations.[2]

By conducting long-term research on large mammals in the MaraSerengeti ecosystem and elsewhere in East Africa, Sinclair showed the ways in which different animal populations are regulated. He has also investigated how plant-eating animals are able to co-exist with each other, even when they have overlapping food sources.[2]

Sinclair and his work are featured prominently in the documentary film, The Serengeti Rules, which was released in 2018.[6]

Awards and honours

In 1996, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC)[7] and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2002.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "SINCLAIR, Prof. Anthony Ronald Entrican". Who's Who. 2004 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d e f Anon (2002). "Professor Anthony Sinclair FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-09.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  3. ^ a b Sinclair, Anthony (2012). Serengeti Story: Life and Science in the World's Greatest Wildlife Region. Oxford University Press. p. 33. ISBN 9780199645527.
  4. ^ "Anthony R.E. Sinclair, Professor Emeritus".
  5. ^ Sinclair, Anthony Ronald Entrican (1970). Studies of the ecology of the East African buffalo (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 153917797.
  6. ^ "'The Serengeti Rules': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  7. ^ " biography of tony sinclair".

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