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Biological Invasions and Animal Behaviour

  • Experts in the field provide a detailed overview, integrating the latest findings on the role of behaviour in the invasion process and in interactions with native species
  • Covers a wide variety of topics, approaches and study organisms, both from the perspective of the invader and the invaded community
  • Presents theoretical aspects along with well-documented case-studies, offering unique opportunities to understand the adaptive role of behaviour

By: Judith S Weis(Editor), Daniel Sol(Editor)

353 pages, 48 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 12 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Oct 2016 | #228036 | ISBN-13: 9781107077775
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About this book

How does behaviour affect biological invasions? Can it explain why some animals are such successful invaders? With contributions from experts in the field and covering a broad range of animals, from insects to mammals, Biological Invasions and Animal Behaviour examines the role of behaviour in biological invasions from the point of view of both invaders and native species. The chapters cover theoretical aspects, particularly relevant behaviours and well-documented case-studies, showing that behaviour is critical to the success, and ecological and socio-economic impact, of invasive species. Its insights suggest methods to prevent and mitigate those impacts, and offer unique opportunities to understand the adaptive role of behaviour. Offering a comprehensive overview of current understanding on the subject, Biological Invasions and Animal Behaviour is intended for biological invasion researchers and behavioural ecologists as well as ecologists and evolutionary biologists interested in how organisms deal with anthropogenic environmental changes such as climate change and habitat loss.


1. Introduction Andrew V. Suarez and Phillip Cassey

Part I. Behaviour and the Invasion Process:
2. The role of behavioural variation and behavioural syndromes across different stages of the introduction process David G. Chapple and Bob B. M. Wong
3. Invading new environments: a mechanistic framework linking motor diversity and cognitive processes to invasion success Andrea S. Griffin, D. Guez, I. Federspiel, Marie Diquelou and F. Lermite
4. Invader endocrinology: the regulation of a pesky phenotype Lynn B. Martin, Amber J. Brace, Holly J. Kilvitis and Stephanie S. Gervasi
5. Life history, behaviour and the establishment in novel environments Daniel Sol and Joan Maspons
6. Behaviour on invasion fronts, and the behaviour of invasion fronts Ben L. Phillips
7. The role of dispersal behaviour and personality in post-establishment spread Jennifer S. Rehage, Julien Cote and Andrew Sih

Part II. Behavioural Interactions between Invaders and Native Species:
8. Invasive plants as novel food resources: the pollinators' perspective Ignasi Bartomeus, Jochen Fründ and Neal M. Williams
9. In the light of introduction: importance of introduced populations for the study of brood parasite-host coevolution Tomáš Grim and Bård G. Stokke
10. Flight behavior of an introduced parasite affects its Galapagos Island hosts: Philormis downsi and Darwin's finches Sonia Kleindorfer, Katherina Peters, Leon Hohl and Frank Sulloway
11. Eat or be eaten: invasion and predation in aquatic ecosystems Judith S. Weis
12. Evolutionary novelty and the behaviour of introduced predators Edwin D. Grosholz and Elizabeth H. Wells

Part III. Case Studies:
13. Behaviours mediating ant invasions Jules Silverman and Grzegorz Buczkowski
14. Invasions by mosquitoes: the roles of behavior across the life cycle Steven A. Juliano and L. Philip Lounibus
15. How behaviour contributes to the success of an invasive poeciliid fish: the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) as a model species Amy E. Deacon and Anne E. Magurran
16. How behaviour has helped invasive crayfish to conquer freshwater ecosystems Elena Tricarico and Laura Aquiloni
17. Behaviours of Pacific lionfish facilitate invasion of the Atlantic Mark A. Albins
18. Wildlife trade, behaviour and avian invasions Martina Carrete and José L. Tella


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Judith S. Weis is Professor Emerita in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University, New Jersey, and serves on advisory committees for federal agencies and the UN. Her research focuses on salt marshes, fish, crabs, and stresses in estuaries, including pollution and invasive species.

Daniel Sol is a National Spanish Research Council (CSIC) Scientist at the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) in Catalonia, Spain. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of animal responses to environmental changes.

- Andrew V. Suarez
- Phillip Cassey
- David G. Chapple
- Bob B.M. Wong
- Andrea S. Griffin
- D. Guez
- I. Federspiel
- Marie Diquelou
- F. Lermite
- Lynn B. Martin
- Amber J. Brace
- Holly J. Kilvitis
- Stephanie S. Gervasi
- Daniel Sol
- Joan Maspons
- Ben L. Phillips
- Jennifer S. Rehage
- Julien Cote
- Andrew Sih
- Ignasi Bartomeus
- Jochen Fründ
- Neal M. Williams
- Tomáš Grim
- Bård G. Stokke
- Sonia Kleindorfer
- Katherina Peters
- Leon Hohl
- Frank Sulloway
- Judith S. Weis
- Edwin D. Grosholz
- Elizabeth H. Wells
- Jules Silverman
- Grzegorz Buczkowski
- Steven A. Juliano
- L. Philip Lounibus
- Amy E. Deacon
- Anne E. Magurran
- Elena Tricarico
- Laura Aquiloni
- Mark A. Albins
- Martina Carrete
- José L. Tella

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