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Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands

Understanding Invasive Species in the Galapagos Islands

From the Molecular to the Landscape

Editors: Torres, Maria de Lourdes, Mena, Carlos (Eds.)

  • Explores the problem of invasive species from a multi-scalar perspective, from the molecular to the landscape, and how each of these scales present conservation and management implications
  • Presents a series of studies in the Galapagos Islands, a unique place to study evolution, and now a unique place to understand how introduced species change the environment, creating challenges for endemic species conservation and for management strategies
  • Follows a multi-disciplinary approach, including studies from biology, genetics, ecology, geography and sociology, showing that talking about invasives necessitates the consideration of a broad spectrum of different aspects
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This book investigates the introduction of invasive species and their behavior in oceanic islands. How can we define invasive species? What is their history? How did they come to dominate and transform ecosystems? These are relevant questions when trying to understand the behavior of invasive species—primarily in fragile ecosystems such as islands—and to understand the biological, ecological, social and economic impacts of invasions.
We chose the Galapagos Islands, a place well-known to be unique in the study of evolution, as a laboratory to analyze the interactions between invasive and endemic species, to understand the makeup of the ecosystems emerging after invasions have occurred, to describe the relationships of invasives with the people that live in these islands, and to try to develop comprehensive analyses on this topic from multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary points of view. For a long time, the discussion has been about how proper management of the species could achieve two main goals: the eradication of the species to recover affected ecosystems and the conservation of endemic species. The discussion has taken on other nuances, including the suggestion that an invasive species, when it is already adapted to an ecosystem, forms an integral part of it, and thus eradication would in itself go against conservation. On the other hand, some invasive species are not only part of the biological compound of the island ecosystems, but they also form part of the social and cultural history of the inhabited islands. Some of these identified by the local inhabitants are species of real or potential economic value.

About the authors

María de Lourdes Torres, Ph.D.Vicedecana, Coordinadora BiotecnologíaColegio de Ciencias Biológicas y Ambientales, COCIBAUniversidad San Francisco de QuitoT: (+593) 2 297-1700 ext. 1746E-mail: ltorres@usfq.edu.ecDiego de Robles y Vía Interoceánica, Quito, Ecuador 

Carlos F. MenaColegio de Ciencias Biológicas y Ambientales, COCIBAUniversidad San Francisco de QuitoT: (+593 2) 297-1700, ext. 1866E-mail: cmena@usfq.edu.ec

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • A Preliminary Assessment of the Genetic Diversity and Population Structure of Guava, Psidium guajava, in San Cristobal

    Torres, María de Lourdes (et al.)

    Pages 3-17

  • Genetic Consequences of Invasive Species in the Galapagos Islands

    Chaves, Jaime A.

    Pages 19-32

  • Interactions Among Exotics: Guava and Its Associated Fauna in the Highlands of San Cristobal

    de la Torre, Stella (et al.)

    Pages 35-46

  • A Study Contrasting Two Congener Plant Species: Psidium guajava (Introduced Guava) and P. galapageium (Galapagos Guava) in the Galapagos Islands

    Valdebenito, Hugo

    Pages 47-68

  • Quinine Tree Invasion and Control in Galapagos: A Case Study

    Jäger, Heinke

    Pages 69-76

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eBook $99.00
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Hardcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-67176-5
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Invasive Species in the Galapagos Islands
Book Subtitle
From the Molecular to the Landscape
Editors
  • Maria de Lourdes Torres
  • Carlos Mena
Series Title
Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-67177-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-67177-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-67176-5
Series ISSN
2195-1055
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 237
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour
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