Nature Out of Place
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Though the forests are still green and the lakes full of water, an unending stream of invasions is changing many ecosystems around the world from productive, tightly integrated webs of native species to loose assemblages of stressed native species and aggressive invaders. The earth is becoming what author David Quammen has called a "planet of weeds."
Nature Out of Place brings this devastating but overlooked crisis to the forefront of public consciousness by offering a fascinating exploration of its causes and consequences, along with a thoughtful and practical consideration of what can be done about it. The father and son team of Jason and Roy Van Driesche offer a unique combination of narratives that highlight specific locations and problems along with comprehensive explanations of the underlying scientific and policy issues.
Chapters examine Hawaii, where introduced feral pigs are destroying the islands' native forests; zebra mussel invasion in the rivers of Ohio; the decades-long effort to eradicate an invasive weed on the Great Plains; and a story about the restoration of both ecological and human history in an urban natural area. In-depth background chapters explain topics ranging from how ecosystems become diverse, to the characteristics of effective invaders, to procedures and policies that can help prevent future invasions. The book ends with a number of specific suggestions for ways that individuals can help reduce the impacts of invasive species, and offers resources for further information.
By bringing the problem of invasive species to life for readers at all levels, Nature Out of Place will play an essential role in the vital effort to raise public awareness of this ongoing ecological crisis.
PART I. The Globalization of Nature: The Causes and Consequences of Biological Invasions
Chapter 1. From Endemic to Generic: Feral Pigs and the Destruction of Hawaii's Native Forests
Chapter 2. Private Worlds: The Relationship between Ecological Isolation and Biodiversity
Chapter 3. The Great Mixers: Transportation Technology and the Spread of Invasive Species
PART II. Saving Nature from Nature: Strategies for Preventing and Controlling Biological Invasions
Chapter 4. Refuge for the Mussels: Biotic Integrity and Zebra Mussel Invasion in the Ohio River Basin
Chapter 5. Rolling the Ecological Dice: Invasiveness, Invasibility, and the Ecological Consequences of Invasion
Chapter 6. Fading Forests: Invasive Pests and Forest Destruction in Eastern North America
Chapter 7. Guilty until Proven Innocent: Preventing Nonnative Species Invasions
Chapter 8. After All the Sheep Are Gone: The Recovery of Santa Cruz Island after 140 Years of Grazing
Chapter 9. Holding the Line: Chemical and Mechanical Control of Nonnative Species Invasions
Chapter 10. Fighting the Green Wildfire: Integrated Management of Leafy Spurge on the Great Plains
Chapter 11. The Search for Balance: Using Biological Control to Restore Invaded Natural Areas
PART III. Going Local in the Global Age: What People Can Do about Biological Invasions
Chapter 12. The Gift of Meaning: Public Involvement in Ecological Restoration in Madison, Wisconsin
Chapter 13. Bringing It Home: Increasing Public Awareness of Alien Species Impacts in Hawaii
Chapter 14. Going Local: Personal Actions for a Native Planet
About the Authors