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Ecology of Biological Invasions of North America and Hawaii

  • Harold A. Mooney
  • James A. Drake

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 58)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Patterns of Invasions: Systematic Perspective

  3. Attributes of Invaders

  4. Site Characteristics Promoting Invasions and System Impact of Invaders

  5. Modeling the Invasion Process

    1. J. Roughgarden
      Pages 179-188
  6. Biogeographic Case Histories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. J. J. Ewel
      Pages 214-230
    3. M. P. Moulton, S. L. Pimm
      Pages 231-249
    4. H. A. Mooney, S. P. Hamburg, J. A. Drake
      Pages 250-272
  7. Control of Invaders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. D. L. Dahlsten
      Pages 275-302
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 303-321

About this book

Introduction

The diversity of the earth's climates superimposed upon a complex configuration of physical features has provided the conditions for the evolution of a remarkable array of living things which are linked together into complex ecosystems. The kinds of organisms comprising the ecosystems of the world, and the nature of their interactions, have constantly changed through time due to coevolutionary interactions along with the effects of a continually changing physical environ­ ment. In recent evolutionary time there has been a dramatic and ever-accelerating rate of change in the configuration of these ecosystems because of the increasing influence of human beings. These changes range from subtle modifications caused by anthropogenically induced alterations in atmospheric properties to the total destruction of ecosystems. Many of these modifications have provided the fuel, food, and fiber which have allowed the expansion of human populations. Unfortunately, there have been many unanticipated changes which accompanied these modifications which have had effects detrimental to human welfare in­ cluding substantial changes in water and air quality. For example, the use of high-sulfur coal to produce energy in parts of North America is altering the properties of freshwater lakes and forests because of acidification.

Keywords

ecology ecosystem energy evolution forest

Editors and affiliations

  • Harold A. Mooney
    • 1
  • James A. Drake
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-4988-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-97153-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-4988-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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