Nature Out of Place: Biological Invasions in the Global Age / Edition 1

Nature Out of Place: Biological Invasions in the Global Age / Edition 1

by Jason Van Driesche, Roy Van Driesche, Jason Van Driesche, Roy G. Van Driesche
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559637587

ISBN-13: 9781559637589

Pub. Date: 10/08/2004

Publisher: Island Press

Though the forests are still green and the lakes full of water, an unending stream of invasions is changing many ecosystems around the world from productive, tightly integrated webs of native species to loose assemblages of stressed native species and aggressive invaders. The earth is becoming what author David Quammen has called a "planet of weeds."

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Overview

Though the forests are still green and the lakes full of water, an unending stream of invasions is changing many ecosystems around the world from productive, tightly integrated webs of native species to loose assemblages of stressed native species and aggressive invaders. The earth is becoming what author David Quammen has called a "planet of weeds."

Nature Out of Place brings this devastating but overlooked crisis to the forefront of public consciousness by offering a fascinating exploration of its causes and consequences, along with a thoughtful and practical consideration of what can be done about it. The father and son team of Jason and Roy Van Driesche offer a unique combination of narratives that highlight specific locations and problems along with comprehensive explanations of the underlying scientific and policy issues.

Chapters examine Hawaii, where introduced feral pigs are destroying the islands' native forests; zebra mussel invasion in the rivers of Ohio; the decades-long effort to eradicate an invasive weed on the Great Plains; and a story about the restoration of both ecological and human history in an urban natural area. In-depth background chapters explain topics ranging from how ecosystems become diverse, to the characteristics of effective invaders, to procedures and policies that can help prevent future invasions. The book ends with a number of specific suggestions for ways that individuals can help reduce the impacts of invasive species, and offers resources for further information.

By bringing the problem of invasive species to life for readers at all levels, Nature Out of Place will play an essential role in the vital effort to raise publicawareness of this ongoing ecological crisis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559637589
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
10/08/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
377
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

About Island Press,
Title Page,
Copyright Page,
Dedication,
Acknowledgements,
Preface,
Introduction,
PART ONE - The Globalization of Nature,
CHAPTER I - From Endemic to Generic,
CHAPTER 2 - Private Worlds,
CHAPTER 3 - The Great Mixers,
PART TWO - Saving Nature from Nature,
CHAPTER 4 - Refuge for the Mussels,
CHAPTER 5 - Rolling the Ecological Dice,
CHAPTER 6 - Fading Forests,
CHAPTER 7 - Guilty until Proven Innocent,
CHAPTER 8 - After All the Sheep Are Gone,
CHAPTER 9 - Holding the Line,
CHAPTER 10 - Fighting the Green Wildfire,
CHAPTER II - The Search for Balance,
PART THREE - Going Local in the Global Age,
CHAPTER 12 - The Gift of Meaning,
CHAPTER 13 - Bringing It Home,
CHAPTER 14 - Going Local,
Conclusion,
APPENDIX A - Background Information on Biological Control in Natural Areas,
APPENDIX B - Species Mentioned in the Text,
Endnotes,
About the Authors,
Index,
Island Press Board of Directors,

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