Invasive Species: What Everyone Needs to Know

Paperback | July 17, 2013

byDaniel Simberloff

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Of the 7,000 estimated non-native species present in North America, approximately 1,000 are invasive. Clearly, invasive species are in the minority, but their small numbers don't keep them from causing billions of dollars in economic and ecological harm each year. Policymakers and ecologistscontinue to try to figure out which species might be harmful, which invasive species are doing the most damage, and which of these might respond best to eradication efforts. Invasive species reports and case studies are prevalent in political, environmental, and scientific news cycles, and asignificant portion of the public is concerned about the issue. In Invasive Species: What Everyone Needs to Know, Daniel Simberloff will discuss how non-native species are introduced, which areas have incurred the most biological invasions, and how the rates of biological invasions have shifted in recent years. He analyzes the direct and indirect impacts of theimpacts of invasive species on various ecosystems, such as habitat and resource competition, how invasive species transmit pathogens, and how introduced plants and animals can modify a habitat to favor other non-native species. Simberloff's final chapters will discuss the evolution of invasivespecies, the policies we currently have in place to manage them, and future prospects for controlling their spread. The book will also contain a section dedicated to the more controversial topics surrounding invasive species: invasive natives, useful non-native species, animal rights versus speciesrights, and non-native species' impacts on the biodiversity of an ecosystem.

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Of the 7,000 estimated non-native species present in North America, approximately 1,000 are invasive. Clearly, invasive species are in the minority, but their small numbers don't keep them from causing billions of dollars in economic and ecological harm each year. Policymakers and ecologistscontinue to try to figure out which species m...

Daniel Simberloff is the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Institute for Biological Invasions at the University of Tennessee. He is the author of approximately 500 publications on ecology, biogeography, evolution, and conservation biology; much of his research focuses on causes and consequences of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199922039

ISBN - 13:9780199922031

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Geography and time course of invasions1. Which areas have incurred the most biological invasions, and where have most invasions originated?2. When have invasions occurred and by what means? How have rates of invasions changed?3. The particular vulnerability of island ecosystems.4. Distribution of introduced species among habitats.5. Introduced species and global climate change3. Impacts of introduced species1. Many have little or no impact2. Direct effects3. Indirect effects4. "Invasional meltdown"5. Time lags6. Economic impacts4. Evolution of introduced species and of natives in response to them1. Morphological evolution2. Behavioral evolution3. Life cycle evolution4. Physiological evolution5. New species/modified native species generated by hybridization5. Management of introduced species1. International agreements and national regulatory frameworks2. Border security3. Eradication4. Maintenance management6. Controversial matters regarding invasions1. Useful introduced species2. Introduced species and biodiversity3. Invasive natives4. How do we know a species is introduced?5. Xenophobia6. Animal rights vs. species rights7. Restoration vs. novel ecosystems7. Prospect - the Homogocene?8. Suggested reading and websites