Tamarix: A Case Study of Ecological Change in the American West

Hardcover | March 18, 2013

EditorAnna Sher, Martin F. Quigley

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Few plant species have had as much combined scientific, public, and political attention as exotic Tamarix spp (tamarisk, saltcedar), attracting the public eye in the early 2000's when widespread drought in the West corresponded to assertions that the introduced tree used as much water as wholecities. This edited volume contains 24 essays by 44 authors on the hybrid swarm that represents invasive tamarisk, including its biology, ecology, politics, history, management, and even the philosophical and ethical issues involved with designating a particular species as "good" or "bad". Theseworks reflect the controversy that has arisen around its role in our ecosystems and what should (or should not) be done about it, particularly in the context of the release of a biological control agent. This is the first text to examine these many facets of this interesting plant with an engaging and sometimes surprising collection of written works from the most important researchers in the field, representing the full spectrum of scientific perspectives.

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Few plant species have had as much combined scientific, public, and political attention as exotic Tamarix spp (tamarisk, saltcedar), attracting the public eye in the early 2000's when widespread drought in the West corresponded to assertions that the introduced tree used as much water as wholecities. This edited volume contains 24 essa...

Dr. Anna Sher has been investigating the ecology of tamarisk trees for nearly 20 years and on two continents. She is currently a biology professor at the University of Denver, where her lab is currently focused on restoration of riparian ecosystems and plant communities that arise after the removal of Tamarix. She is frequently asked ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Julie Stromberg: Foreword1. Anna Sher: Introduction to the Paradox PlantPART I: BIOLOGY AND RANGE2. John Gaskin: Genetics of Tamarix3. Catherine Jarnevich, Paul Evangelista, J. Graham: Measuring Extent and Projections of Tamarix distribution in North America4. Erika Zavaleta: Evapotranspiration by tamarisk in the Colorado River Basin5. Pamela Nagler and Edward Glenn: Tamarisk: Ecohydrology of a Successful Plant6. James Cleverly: Water use by Tamarix7. Daniel A. Auerbach, David M. Merritt, Patrick B. Shafroth: Tamarix, hydrology and fluvial geomorphology8. Michelle Ohrtman, Ken Lair: Tamarisk and Salinity: an overviewPART II: ECOLOGY9. Kevin Hultine and Tom Dudley: Tamarix from organism to landscape10. Heather Bateman, Eben Paxton and William Longland: Tamarix as Wildlife Habitat11. Mark Sogge, Eben H. Paxton, and Charles van Riper III: Tamarisk in riparian woodlands: a birds eye view12. Stephanie Strudley and Peter Dalin: Tamarix as invertebrate habitat13. Kelley Meinhardt and Catherine Gehring: Tamarix and soil ecology14. Gail Drus: Fire ecology of Tamarix15. Tyler D. Johnson: Tamarix: passenger or driver of ecosystem change?PART III: THE HUMAN ELEMENT16. Matthew Chew: Tamarisk Introduction, Naturalization and Control in the United States, 1818-195217. Tim Carlson: The Politics of a Tree: How a species became national policy18. Naomi Reshotko: A Philosophical Framework for Assessing the Value of the Tamarisk19. Martin F. Quigley: The horticulture of TamarixPART IV: MANAGEMENT20. Cameron Douglass, Scott Nissen and Charlie Heart: Tamarix management: Lessons and techniques21. Gina Dello Russo: Tamarisk management at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge22. Dan Bean, Tom Dudley and Kevin Hultine: Bring on the beetles! The history and impact of tamarisk biological control23. Patrick. B. Shafroth, David Merritt, Mark Briggs, Vanessa Beauchamp, Kenneth Lair, Michael Scott, and Anna Sher: Riparian restoration in the context of Tamarix control24. Robin Bay: Revegetation After Tamarisk Removal: what grows next?25. Anna Sher: The future of TamarixGlossaryIndex