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Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions (Encyclopedias of the Natural World #3)

Dr. Daniel Simberloff (Editor), Dr. Marcel Rejmanek (Editor)


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This pioneering encyclopedia illuminates a topic at the forefront of global ecology—biological invasions, or organisms that come to live in the wrong place. Written by leading scientists from around the world, Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions addresses all aspects of this subject at a global level—including invasions by animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria—in succinct, alphabetically arranged articles. Scientifically uncompromising, yet clearly written and free of jargon, the volume encompasses fields of study including biology, demography, geography, ecology, evolution, sociology, and natural history. Featuring many cross-references, suggestions for further reading, illustrations, an appendix of the world’s worst 100 invasive species, a glossary, and more, this is an essential reference for anyone who needs up-to-date information on this important topic.

Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions features articles on:

• Well-known invasive species such the zebra mussel, chestnut blight, cheatgrass, gypsy moth, Nile perch, giant African snail, and Norway rat

• Regions with especially large numbers of introduced species including the Great Lakes, Mediterranean Sea, Hawaiian Islands, Australia, and New Zealand.

• Conservation, ecological, economic, and human and animal health impacts of invasions around the world

• The processes and pathways involved in invasion

• Management of introduced species

Praise For Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions (Encyclopedias of the Natural World #3)

“A sumptuous tome of considerable worth. This work is highly recommended . . . on a most fascinating topic that affects us all in an accessible and engaging way.”
— Gareth J. Johnson

“A complete introduction to the field of invasion biology. . . . a good investment for every ecologist.”
— Basic & Applied Ecology

“Simberloff and Rejmanek’s Encyclopedia gets high scores for access and userfriendliness . . . Attractive photos, supportive tables, and illustrative figures complete the helpful presentation.”
— Scott Ruhren

“A good reference for for anyone who needs a quick reference to a lot of topics.”
— Cal-Ipc News

“Gets high scores for access and user-friendliness.”
— Bioscience

“This encyclopedia is written for students and for the interested public.”
— Choice

University of California Press, 9780520264212, 792pp.

Publication Date: January 2, 2011

About the Author

Daniel Simberloff is Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His previous books include Ecological Communities: Conceptual Issues and the Evidence and Strangers in Paradise: Impact and Management of Nonindigenous Species in Florida. Marcel Rejmánek is Professor in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis. Among other books and publications he coedited Plant Invasions: General Aspects and Special Problems and Biological Invasions: A Global Perspective.