The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants

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 sound

  • Title: The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants
  • Author: Charles S. Elton
  • ISBN: 9780226206387
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 horMuch 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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    1. It turns out that almost everything we think of as "common knowledge" now about the disasters resulting from humans introducing foreign species was originally the work of C.S. Elton back in the mid 1950s. So in a way, it is hard to appreciate the book because of that --- but it is well worth reading anyway. Who can resist an author who writes lines like, "It is curious that both human beings and this mollusc on the eastern seaboard of North America have evolved the same skyscraper prinicple for [...]

    2. 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 great moving and mixing of species underway as people scatter species around the planet and across biogeographic realms, intently or inadvertently. There is more however: the book gravitates to a consideration of pests in agricultural landscapes and why we should find solutions informed by ecological [...]

    3. The classic book on invasive organisms and how globalization was silently seeding the planet with trouble, with our efforts to control it creating more. It's an overlooked 1950s book that actually begat a science, and is cited by everyone and his brother who has had cause to write more than superficially about invasive species. It's pretty dry and wouldn't appeal to most outside of biology, but this guy (a Brit) is also pretty funny and drops some hilarious lines and observations along with what [...]

    4. Un llibre absolutament imprescindible per a qualsevol biòleg o ambientòleg, i feridorament actual, tant per la temàtica com per la forma d'abordar-la. Mig segle després, allò que Elton intuïa o començava a albirar és una realitat, i sense aquest llibre, que féu esclatar el camp de l'ecologia de les espècies invasores, el panorama actual seria ben distint. La introducció de Simberloff i unes conclusions finals sobre per què conservar la natura garanteixen la vigència d'un clàssic de [...]

    5. A delightful read! Charles Elton is surprisingly enjoyable, and his 1958 understanding of invasion biology should make modern biologists embarrassed about their progress (uh, that might offend some people, but the dude was really smart). Doesn't read like a dry textbook, instead is much more conversational.

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