The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants
Much as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was a call to action against the pesticides that were devastating bird populations, Charles S. Elton's classic The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants sounded an early warning about an environmental catastrophe that has become all too familiar today—the invasion of nonnative species. From kudzu to zebra mussels to Asian long-horned beetles, nonnative species are colonizing new habitats around the world at an alarming rate thanks to accidental and intentional human intervention. One of the leading causes of extinctions of native animals and plants, invasive species also wreak severe economic havoc, causing $79 billion worth of damage in the United States alone.
Elton explains the devastating effects that invasive species can have on local ecosystems in clear, concise language and with numerous examples. The first book on invasion biology, and still the most cited, Elton's masterpiece provides an accessible, engaging introduction to one of the most important environmental crises of our time.
Charles S. Elton was one of the founders of ecology, who also established and led Oxford University's Bureau of Animal Population. His work has influenced generations of ecologists and zoologists, and his publications remain central to the literature in modern biology.
"History has caught up with Charles Elton's foresight, and The Ecology of Invasions can now be seen as one of the central scientific books of our century."—David Quammen, from the Foreword to Killer Algae: The True Tale of a Biological Invasion
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing
This book is a classic of ecological writing, detailing the vast number of species that have been introduced into natural systems, and the negative impacts of these invasions. In spite of the half ... Read full review
Review: The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and PlantsUser Review - Sridhar - Goodreads
A valuable work, a classic, this is a book that ecologists should read, even if the case studies and maps make for dry reading and a listless flipping of pages. The focus is on invasion ecology, the ... Read full review