Ecological Studies

Ecology of Biological Invasions of North America and Hawaii

Editors: Mooney, Harold A., Drake, James A. (Eds.)

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The diversity of the earth's climates superimposed upon a complex configuration of physical features has provided the conditions for the evolution of a remarkable array of living things which are linked together into complex ecosystems. The kinds of organisms comprising the ecosystems of the world, and the nature of their interactions, have constantly changed through time due to coevolutionary interactions along with the effects of a continually changing physical environĀ­ ment. In recent evolutionary time there has been a dramatic and ever-accelerating rate of change in the configuration of these ecosystems because of the increasing influence of human beings. These changes range from subtle modifications caused by anthropogenically induced alterations in atmospheric properties to the total destruction of ecosystems. Many of these modifications have provided the fuel, food, and fiber which have allowed the expansion of human populations. Unfortunately, there have been many unanticipated changes which accompanied these modifications which have had effects detrimental to human welfare inĀ­ cluding substantial changes in water and air quality. For example, the use of high-sulfur coal to produce energy in parts of North America is altering the properties of freshwater lakes and forests because of acidification.

Table of contents (7 chapter)

  • Introduced Insects: A Biogeographic and Systematic Perspective

    D. Simberloff

    Pages 3-26

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  • Fish Introductions into North America: Patterns and Ecological Impact

    P. B. Moyle

    Pages 27-43

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  • Patterns of Plant Invasion in North America

    H. G. Baker

    Pages 44-57

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  • Which Animal Will Invade?

    P. R. Ehrlich

    Pages 79-95

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  • Life History of Colonizing Plants: Some Demographic, Genetic, and Physiological Features

    F. A. Bazzaz

    Pages 96-110

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecology of Biological Invasions of North America and Hawaii
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
58
Copyright
1986
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-4988-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-4988-7
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-97153-7
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
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