380 pages, Illus
Major new Sinauer textbook.
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Species invasions present significant conservation challenges, but they also provide invaluable information about the functioning of natural systems. In this edited book, experts from the fields of ecology, evolution, and biogeography explore the unique insights species invasions provide. Several key advances emerge in each discipline, and collectively they provide a template for new research that transforms invasion biology into a powerful tool for basic research in ecology, evolution, and biogeography.
Contents Preface Introduction: Species Invasions as the "Rosetta Stone" of Ecology; D.Sax, John J.Stachowicz & S.D.Gaines PART I: INSIGHTS INTO ECOLOGY Introduction; P.Cassey Insights into Biotic Interactions from Studies of Species Invasions; J.F.Bruno, J.D. Fridley, K.D.Bromberg & M.D.Bertness Species Invasions and the Relationship between Community Saturation, Diversity, and Ecosystem Functioning; J.J.Stachowicz & D.Tilman Invasive Species as a Tool for Studying Species Effects on Ecosystem Processes; C.M.D'Antonio & S.E.Hobbie Biological Invasions and the Loss of Birds on Islands: Insights into the Idiosyncrasies of Extinction; T.M.Blackburn & K.J.Gaston What Introduced Species Tell Us about the Role of Infectious Diseases in Natural Communities; K.D.Lafferty, K.F.Smith, M.E.Torchin, A.P.Dobson & A.M.Kuris PART II: INSIGHTS INTO EVOLUTION Introduction; M.Vellend, A.R.Hughes & R.K.Grosberg Using Invasive Species to Study Evolution; R.B.Huey, G.W.Gilchrist & A.P.Hendry Taxon Cycles: Insights from Invasive Species; R.E.Ricklefs Genetic Bottlenecks in Alien Plant Species: Influence of Mating Systems and Introduction Dynamics; S.J.Novak & R.N.Mack Species Introductions and Invasions: Insights into the Mechanisms that Drive Evolutionary Change; J.P.Wares, A.R.Hughes & R.K.Grosberg Exotic Species: Potential Tests of Theories of Niche Conservatism and Evolution? R.D.Holt, M.Barfield & R.Gomulkiewicz Species Invasions: Underappreciated Tools to Test Fundamental Evolutionary Questions at Large Spatial and Demographic Scales; W.R.Rice & D.F. Sax PART III: INSIGHTS INTO BIOGEOGRAPHY Introduction; J.L.Lockwood Invasion as Expectation: A Historical Fact of Life; G.Vermeij Evolutionary Trajectories in Plant and Soil Microbial Communities: Centaurea Invasions and the Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution; R.M.Callaway, J.L.Hierro & A.S.Thorpe Exotic and Native Species Have Similar Spatial Patterns of Community Composition, Evenness, and Abundance; M.L.McKinney & J.L.Lockwood What Exotic Species Tell Us about Rates of Population Spread and Geographic Range Expansion; B.P.Kinlan & A.Hastings Scaling Patterns in Exotic Species Distribution and Abundance; F.A.Labra, S.R.Abades & P.M.Marquet Species Invasions and Changes in Diversity at Subglobal Scales; J.H.Brown, E.P. White, D.F.Sax & S.D.Gaines Capstone: Studying Species Invasions: Where Do We Go from Here? D.F.Sax, J.J.Stachowic & S.D. Gaines Author Biographies DOV F. SAX is Assistant Research Scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. JOHN J. STACHOWICZ is Assistant Professor of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis, USA. STEVEN D. GAINES is the director of the Marine Science Institute and Acting Vice Chancellor for research at University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.
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