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How does behaviour affect biological invasions? Can it explain why some animals are such successful invaders? With contributions from experts in the field, and covering a broad range of animals, this book examines the role of behaviour in biological invasions from the point of view of both invaders and native species. The chapters cover theoretical aspects, particularly relevant behaviours and well-documented case studies, showing that behaviour is critical to the success, and ecological and socio-economic impact, of invasive species. Its insights suggest methods to prevent and mitigate those impacts, and offer unique opportunities to understand the adaptive role of behaviour. Offering a comprehensive overview of current understanding on the subject, the book is intended for biological invasion researchers and behavioural ecologists, as well as ecologists and evolutionary biologists interested in how organisms deal with anthropogenic environmental changes such as climate change and habitat loss.

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'[We] recommend this book to readers at the graduate level or above … We particularly recommend it to researchers who are looking for open avenues of research in invasive behavior to explore. … a diverse set of researchers will benefit from reading this timely, comprehensive overview of the behaviors that characterize invasive species.'

Angela Chuang and Jordan M. Bush Source: Biol Invasions

'This is a valuable resource for behavioral ecology, conservation biology, and the science of invasions.'

J. Berger Source: Choice

'This volume will be a good reference for graduate students or new researchers in invasion biology, as it points out main directions for unifying behavioral and ecological theory, and defines gaps in this growing field.'

Cinnamon Mittan Source: The Quarterly Review of Biology

'The articles are pacy, informative, cross-referenced with current literature and highly relevant to local and international events … inevitably, a book of this quality carries a hefty price tag but to those working in behavioural and evolutionary ecology and biological invasions, I expect it will be worth it.'

Stephen Hoskins Source: The Biologist

'… this book provides a thorough review of animal behaviour at all stages of biological invasion, providing the reader with case-studies, and offers exciting avenues for research in evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology. Furthermore, it provides applied insights valuable to wildlife management and conservation issues. A great read for students interested in the ecology and behaviour of invasive species.'

Kristin Thompson Source: International Society for Behavioral Ecology Newsletter

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