20. Researching invasive species 50 years after Elton: a cautionary tale

  1. David M. Richardson
  1. Mark A. Davis

Published Online: 30 NOV 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444329988.ch20

Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton

Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton

How to Cite

Davis, M. A. (2010) Researching invasive species 50 years after Elton: a cautionary tale, in Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton (ed D. M. Richardson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444329988.ch20

Editor Information

  1. Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany & Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 7602 Matieland, South Africa

Author Information

  1. Department of Biology, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN 55105, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 NOV 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335859

Online ISBN: 9781444329988

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Keywords:

  • new directions and technologies, new challenges;
  • researching invasive species 50 years - after Elton, a cautionary tale;
  • invasion biology, niche-based approach - obvious in diversity–invisibility hypothesis;
  • impacts of biotic interactions - on community assembly, being very weak;
  • problem of overstating claims and conclusions;
  • process by which preliminary conclusions - become inflated generalizations, series of small missteps;
  • Wilcove et al., addressing - threats to species in the USA;
  • extinction threats in Canada - introduced species to be the least important of the six categories analysed;
  • impacts of non-native plants on biodiversity - much less than those of non-native pathogens, herbivores and predators;
  • niche–based approach, field's initial efforts - to understand invasion establishment and what makes environments more invasible than others

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Niche - Based Approach to Understanding Invasions: More A Hindrance Than A Help?

  • The Problem of Overstating Claims and Conclusions

  • Conclusions

  • References