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Conceptual Ecology and Invasion Biology Reciprocal Approaches to Nature

ISBN-10: 1402041586
ISBN-13: 9781402041587
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $99.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 5/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 487
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

The conservation threat represented by invasive species is well-known, but the scientific opportunities are underappreciated. Invasion studies have historically been largely directed at the important job of collecting case studies. Invasion biology has matured to the point of being able to incorporating itself into the heart of ecology, and should be viewed as extensions or critical experiments of ecological theory. In this edited volume, global experts in ecology and evolutionary biology explore how theories in ecology elucidate the invasion processes while also examining how specific invasions informs ecological theory. This reciprocal benefit is highlighted in a number of scales of organization: population, community and biogeographic, while employing example invaders in all major groups of organisms and from a number of regions around the globe. The chapters in this volume utilize many of the cutting edge observational, experimental, analytical and computational methods used in modern ecology. Through merging conceptual ecology and invasion biology we can obtain a better understanding of the invasion process while also developing a better understanding of how ecological systems function.

Contributors
Foreword
Preface
Introduction, history and terminology
Tracking the tractable: using invasions to guide the exploration of conceptual ecology
Darwin to Elton: early ecology and the problem of invasive species
Invasion biology 1958-2005: the pursuit of science and conservation
Invasiveness in exotic plants: immigration and naturalization in an ecological continuum
Populations at play
Density dependence in invasive plants: demography, herbivory, spread and evolution
Stochasticity, nonlinearity and instability in biological invasions
Local interactions and invasion dynamics: population growth in space and time
A guide to calculating discrete-time invasion rates from data
The role of evolutionary genetics in studies of plant invasions
Unwelcomed visitor: species interactions
Contact experience, alien-native interactions, and their community consequences: a theoretical consideration on the role of adaptation in biological invasion
Use of biological invasions and their control to study the dynamics of interacting populations
Invasibility of seed predators on synchronized and intermittent seed production of host plants
Invasions and the regulation of plant populations by pathogens
Exploring the relationship between niche breadth and invasion success
Interactions between invasive plants and soil ecosystems: positive feedbacks and their potential to persist
Invasion biology as a community process: messages from microbial microcosms
Large-scale consequences and patterns of invasions
Understanding invasions in patchy habitats through metapopulation theory
Competition and the assembly of introduced bird communities
Room for one more? Evidence for invasibility and saturation in ecological communities
The biogeography of naturalized species and the species-area relationship: reciprocal insights to biogeography and invasion biology
Synthesis
Linking scale dependent processes in invasions
Index

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