Nature Out of Place: Biological Invasions In The Global Age (Google eBook)

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Island Press, Oct 1, 2000 - Nature - 352 pages
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Though the forests are still green and the lakes full of water, an unending stream of invasions is changing many ecosystems around the world from productive, tightly integrated webs of native species to loose assemblages of stressed native species and aggressive invaders. The earth is becoming what author David Quammen has called a "planet of weeds." Nature Out of Place brings this devastating but overlooked crisis to the forefront of public consciousness by offering a fascinating exploration of its causes and consequences, along with a thoughtful and practical consideration of what can be done about it. The father and son team of Jason and Roy Van Driesche offer a unique combination of narratives that highlight specific locations and problems along with comprehensive explanations of the underlying scientific and policy issues.Chapters examine Hawaii, where introduced feral pigs are destroying the islands' native forests; zebra mussel invasion in the rivers of Ohio; the decades-long effort to eradicate an invasive weed on the Great Plains; and a story about the restoration of both ecological and human history in an urban natural area. In-depth background chapters explain topics ranging from how ecosystems become diverse, to the characteristics of effective invaders, to procedures and policies that can help prevent future invasions. The book ends with a number of specific suggestions for ways that individuals can help reduce the impacts of invasive species, and offers resources for further information.By bringing the problem of invasive species to life for readers at all levels, Nature Out of Place will play an essential role in the vital effort to raise public awareness of this ongoing ecological crisis.
  

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The general public is just beginning to be aware of the threat caused by biological invasions, in which foreign plants or animals overrun and destroy native ecosystems. A concern of ecologists, this ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I The Gloablization of Nature
5
From Endemic to Generic
7
Private Worlds
33
The Great Mixers
49
Saving Nature from Nature
67
Refuge for the Mussels
69
Rolling the Ecological Dice
91
Fighting the Green Wildfire
197
The Search for Balance
221
Going Local in the Global Age
245
The Gift of Meaning
247
Bringing it Home
271
Going Local
299
Appendix A
311
Appendix B
317

Fading Forests
107
Guilty until Proven Innocent
131
After All the Sheep are Gone
153
Holding the Line
177
Endnotes
325
Index
351
Island Press Board of Directors 2000
365
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Jason Van Driesche graduated from the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
 
 Roy Van Driesche teaches and researches biological control at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and is co-author of the textbook Biological Control (Chapman and Hall, 1996).

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