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Invasion Biology and Ecological Theory
Insights from a Continent in Transformation

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Charles J. Krebs, Herbert H. T. Prins, Iain J. Gordon, Joseph T. Miller, Martin Burd, Kyle W. Tomlinson, Leo Joseph, Janette A. Norman, Leslie Christidis, David Luther, Hans H. de Iongh, Daryl P. Domning, David A. Westcott, Adam McKeown, Christopher R. Dickman, Ken Aplin, Fred Ford, Carol Ann Stannard, Sandra McLaren, Malcolm W. Wallace, Stephen J. Gallagher, Barbara E. Wagstaff, Anne-Marie P. Tosolini, Kris French, Ben Gooden, Tanya Mason, Trevor H. Booth, Jan Komdeur, Martijn Hammers, Judit K. Szabo, Ken Kraaijeveld, David Roshier, Leo Joseph, Christopher N. Johnson, Mike Letnic, Steven R. McLeod, Glen Saunders, Patricia A. Werner
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  • Date Published: March 2014
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107035812

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  • Many conservationists argue that invasive species form one of the most important threats to ecosystems the world over, often spreading quickly through their new environments and jeopardising the conservation of native species. As such, it is important that reliable predictions can be made regarding the effects of new species on particular habitats. This book provides a critical appraisal of ecosystem theory using case studies of biological invasions in Australasia. Each chapter is built around a set of 11 central hypotheses from community ecology, which were mainly developed in North American or European contexts. The authors examine the hypotheses in the light of evidence from their particular species, testing their power in explaining the success or failure of invasion and accepting or rejecting each hypothesis as appropriate. The conclusions have far-reaching consequences for the utility of community ecology, suggesting a rejection of its predictive powers and a positive reappraisal of natural history.

    • Detailed descriptions of plant and animal invasions in Australasia give readers a valuable insight into how alien species can affect an entire continent
    • Proposes a re-examination of ecology at the ecosystem level, emphasising the importance of natural history
    • Provides a broad review of the processes underlying biological invasions that is relevant to ecosystems across the globe
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    "This book represents a novel and exciting approach to testing some fundamental ecological ideas such as the niche concept, competition, disturbance, and life history strategy. It does so using invasive alien species, with Australia as both the invaded environment, as well as the source of the invasives. The approach taken is to propose a series of ecological hypotheses and test these against invader case studies ranging from the failed (finches) to the downright spectacular (water buffalo in Northern Australia). A series of specialist authors tackles each case study, before the editors, Prins and Gordon, conclude with a synthesis chapter that reviews the evidence for and against each hypothesis, drawing on each author’s findings in a structured way. The principal intent of this book is to inform the science of ecology, but it is rich in valuable insights to those grappling with the management of this great threat to global biodiversity."
    Mark Lonsdale, CSIRO

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    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107035812
    • length: 540 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.11kg
    • contains: 61 b/w illus. 27 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

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    Foreword Charles J. Krebs
    1. Testing hypotheses about biological invasions and Charles Darwin's two-creators rumination Herbert H. T. Prins and Iain J. Gordon
    Part I. Ancient Invaders:
    2. Australia's Acacia: unrecognized convergent evolution Joseph T. Miller and Martin Burd
    3. The mixed success of Mimosoideae clades invading into Australia Kyle W. Tomlinson
    4. Perspectives from parrots on biological invasions Leo Joseph
    5. Invasion ecology of honeyeaters Janette A. Norman and Leslie Christidis
    6. The invasion of terrestrial fauna into marine habitat: birds in mangroves David Luther
    7. Biological invasions of Sirenia in relation to ecosystem theory Hans H. de Iongh and Daryl P. Domning
    8. Flying-Foxes and drifting continents David A. Westcott and Adam McKeown
    9. Invasion ecology of Australasian marsupials Christopher R. Dickman
    10. Murine rodents – late but highly successful invaders Ken Aplin and Fred Ford
    11. Drift of a continent – broken connections Carol Ann Stannard
    12. The development of a climate – an arid continent with wet fringes Sandra McLaren, Malcolm W. Wallace, Stephen J. Gallagher, Barbara E. Wagstaff and Anne-Marie P. Tosolini
    Part II. Modern Invaders:
    13. Invasion of woody shrubs and trees Kris French, Ben Gooden and Tanya Mason
    14. Modern tree colonisers from Australia into the rest of the world Trevor H. Booth
    15. Failed introductions – finches from outside Australia Jan Komdeur and Martijn Hammers
    16. The skylark Judit K. Szabo
    17. Why Northern Hemisphere waders did not colonise the south Ken Kraaijeveld
    18. Weak migratory interchange by birds between Australia and Asia David Roshier and Leo Joseph
    19. Introducing a new top predator, the dingo Christopher N. Johnson and Mike Letnic
    20. The European rabbit – Australia's worst mammalian invader Steven R. McLeod and Glen Saunders
    21. The rise and fall of the Asian water buffalo in the monsoonal tropics of Northern Australia Patricia A. Werner
    22. A critique of community ecology and a salute to natural history Herbert H. T. Prins and Iain J. Gordon
    Index.

  • Editors

    Herbert H. T. Prins, Wageningen Universiteit, The Netherlands
    Herbert H. T. Prins is Professor of Resource Ecology at Wageningen University. He was twice visiting professor with CSIRO and a Foundation Fellow of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in environments ranging from savannas and rainforests, to mountains and the high arctic.

    Iain J. Gordon, The James Hutton Institute, SCRI, Scotland
    Iain J. Gordon is Chief Executive and Director of the James Hutton Institute. He has an international reputation for scientific leadership and research excellence in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding socio-ecological system dynamics. He worked for CSIRO for seven years, managing major research portfolios on land management to protect the Great Barrier Reef and conserving Australia's biodiversity.

    Contributors

    Charles J. Krebs, Herbert H. T. Prins, Iain J. Gordon, Joseph T. Miller, Martin Burd, Kyle W. Tomlinson, Leo Joseph, Janette A. Norman, Leslie Christidis, David Luther, Hans H. de Iongh, Daryl P. Domning, David A. Westcott, Adam McKeown, Christopher R. Dickman, Ken Aplin, Fred Ford, Carol Ann Stannard, Sandra McLaren, Malcolm W. Wallace, Stephen J. Gallagher, Barbara E. Wagstaff, Anne-Marie P. Tosolini, Kris French, Ben Gooden, Tanya Mason, Trevor H. Booth, Jan Komdeur, Martijn Hammers, Judit K. Szabo, Ken Kraaijeveld, David Roshier, Leo Joseph, Christopher N. Johnson, Mike Letnic, Steven R. McLeod, Glen Saunders, Patricia A. Werner

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