Ecological and evolutionary insights from species invasions

Sax, D. F., Stachowicz, J. J., Brown, J. H., Bruno, J. F., Dawson, M. N., Gaines, S. D., Grosberg, R. K., Hastings, A., Holt, R. D., Mayfield, M. M., O'Connor, M. I. and Rice, W. R. (2007) Ecological and evolutionary insights from species invasions. Trends In Ecology & Evolution, 22 9: 465-471. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2007.06.009


Author Sax, D. F.
Stachowicz, J. J.
Brown, J. H.
Bruno, J. F.
Dawson, M. N.
Gaines, S. D.
Grosberg, R. K.
Hastings, A.
Holt, R. D.
Mayfield, M. M.
O'Connor, M. I.
Rice, W. R.
Title Ecological and evolutionary insights from species invasions
Journal name Trends In Ecology & Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-5347
Publication date 2007-01-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2007.06.009
Volume 22
Issue 9
Start page 465
End page 471
Total pages 7
Place of publication London
Publisher Elsevier Science London
Language eng
Subject 270703 Terrestrial Ecology
270709 Biogeography
270708 Conservation and Biodiversity
Abstract Species invasions provide numerous unplanned and frequently, but imperfectly, replicated experiments that can be used to better understand the natural world. Classic studies by Darwin, Grinnell, Elton and others on these species-invasion experiments provided invaluable insights for ecology and evolutionary biology. Recent studies of invasions have resulted in additional insights, six of which we discuss here; these insights highlight the utility of using exotic species as 'model organisms'. We also discuss a nascent hypothesis that might provide a more general, predictive understanding of invasions and community assembly. Finally, we emphasize how the study of invasions can help to inform our understanding of applied problems, such as extinction, ecosystem function and the response of species to climate change.
Keyword Ecology
Evolutionary Biology
Genetics & Heredity
Biological Invasion
Plant Invasions
Green Mountain
Climate-change
Genetic-variation
Ascension Island
Soil Biota
Extinction
Speciation
Diversity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes This document is a journal review.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: School of Biological Sciences Publications
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