Invasive alien species are a major and growing threat to biodiversity worldwide. The transport of organisms through increased levels of trade and tourism is leading to the widespread breaching of natural biogeographic barriers at unprecedented rates. Consequences can be severe, especially in naturally isolated ecosystems. Invasive alien species can cause the extinction of vulnerable endemic species, alter the structure and composition of communities, disrupt successional pathways, and lead to the loss of ecosystem services. Global climate change may further exacerbate the spread of alien species, as climatic zones shift and potential ranges alter.
The effective management of invasive alien species is clearly a priority for biological conservation worldwide. Invasive Species Management first provides strategies for managing such species at successive invasion stages, from prevention at the border to control of major infestations. It then describes the general tools and approaches that are recommended for successful management of particular groups of invasive organisms in a range of environments. In each case, the ecological basis and practical requirements of invasive alien species management are addressed.
This integration of proven techniques and policies will be useful to a wide readership of students, academics, conservation practitioners, invasive species managers, legislators, and to the broader community concerned with biological conservation.
Mick N. Clout and Peter A. Williams: Introduction - Invasive Species and Conservation: a Global Challenge
1: Glynn Maynard and David Nowell: Biosecurity and Quarantine for Preventing Invasive Species
2: Thomas J. Stohlgren and Catherine S. Jarnevich: Risk Assessment of Invasive Species
3: Tracy Holcombe and Thomas J. Stohlgren: Detection and Early Warning of Invasive Species
4: John P. Parkes and F. Dane Panetta: Eradication of Invasive Species: Progress and Emerging Issues in the 21st Century
5: Tony Grice: Principles of Containment and Control of Invasive Species
6: Sean T. Murphy and Harry C. Evans: Biological Control of Invasive Species
7: Souad Boudjelas: Public Participation in Invasive Species Management
8: Maj De Poorter: International Legal Instruments and Frameworks for Invasive Species
9: Jodie S. Holt: Management of Invasive Terrestrial Plants
10: Julie A. Coetzee and Martin P. Hill: Management of Invasive Aquatic Plants
11: Peter T. Green and Dennis J. O'Dowd: Management of Invasive Invertebrates: Lessons from the Management of an Invasive Alien Ant
12: John P. Parkes and Graham Nugent: Management of Terrestrial Vertebrate Pests
13: Nicholas Ling: Management of Invasive Fish
14: Richard F. Piola, Chris M. Denny, Barrie M. Forrest, and Michael D. Taylor: Marine Biosecurity: Management Options and Response Tools
15: Leigh S. Bull and Franck Courchamp: Management of Interacting Invasives: Ecosystem Approaches
"Because information on many aspects of invasive species management is scattered and often in the gray literature, this volume provides a great service by assembling an introduction to almost every relevant topic and a bibliography to aid further exploration. Anyone charged with managing invasions (as well as policymakers and administrators) would benefit greatly from it, simply to get a sense of the breadth of approaches and their limitations."
– Quarterly Review of Biology
"This volume is an excellent starting place for anyone interested in invasive-species management."
– Myrmecological News
"Useful and timely [...] Recommended."
"There are several requirements of a handbook of techniques. There must be a clear explanation of the kinds of problems being faced; the methods used to approach the problems must be set out in a full but concise, logical, and easily comprehensible manner; any weaknesses in the method or difficulties in the interpretation of results need to be assessed. This handbook succeeds on all three counts."
– British Ecological Society Bulletin