Humans have moved organisms around the world for centuries but it is only relatively recently that invasion ecology has grown into a mainstream research field. This book examines both the spread and impact dynamics of invasive species, placing the science of invasion biology on a new, more rigorous, theoretical footing, and proposing a concept of adaptive networks as the foundation for future research. Biological invasions are considered not as simple actions of invaders and reactions of invaded ecosystems, but as co-evolving complex adaptive systems with emergent features of network complexity and invasibility. Invasion Dynamics focuses on the ecology of invasive species and their impacts in recipient social-ecological systems. It discusses not only key advances and challenges within the traditional domain of invasion ecology, but introduces approaches, concepts, and insights from many other disciplines such as complexity science, systems science, and ecology more broadly. It will be of great value to invasion biologists analyzing spread and/or impact dynamics as well as other ecologists interested in spread processes or habitat management.
Draws insights from invasions involving around 200 species, including examples featuring all major taxonomical groups, covering all parts of the world; Explains methods for modelling species distributions and range dynamics; Explores optimal management strategies for reducing impacts of diverse alien species and invasion syndromes; Forges synergies with complexity science, systems science, and the full domain of ecology; Identifies research priorities and promising research questions in invasion science.
Table of Contents
1: Setting the scene
2: The dynamics of spread
3: Modelling spatial dynamics
4: From dispersal to boosted range expansion
5: Non-equilibrium dynamics
6: Biotic interactions
7: Regime shifts
8: Community assembly and succession
9: Monitoring and management
10: Complex adaptive networks
11: Managing biological invasions in the Anthropocene