The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 2000 - Science - 181 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

THE INVADERS
15
WALLACES REALMS THE ARCHIPELAGO OF CONTINENTS
33
THE INVASION OF CONTINENTS
50
THE FATE OF REMOTE ISLANDS
77
CHANGES IN THE SEA
94
THE BALANCE BETWEEN POPULATIONS
109
NEW FOODCHAINS FOR OLD
125
THE REASONS FOR CONSERVATION
143
THE CONSERVATION OF VARIETY
154
REFERENCES
160
INDEX
175
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Charles Elton established and led Oxford University's influential Bureau of Animal Population. He was the author of a number of books, among them Animal Ecology, published by the University of Chicago Press.

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