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Invasive species and managementInvasive species are one of the
most pressing contemporary ecological issues. Damages from
invasive species, ranging from aquatic invaders like zebra mussels, to
insects that attack various tree species and also including mnay other
dramatic examples, are extremely large. A set of steps, from
introduction to establishment to spread of the invasive, can be used to
break down the process of the invasion.
We will focus primarily on the issue of spread and control of spread, but that is mainly because of time.
We will also use this lecture to introduce some basic ideas of bioeconomics.
* means required reading
*article Invasion Biology in the Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology
Elton, C.S. 1958. The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants. London, Methuen
R. and Hastings, A. (2010) Controlling
established invaders: integrating economics and spread dynamics to determine
optimal management. Ecology Letters 13:528-541.