Biological invasions

Aliens in the Backyard: Plant and Animal Imports into America

Author: 
John Leland
Publisher: 
University of South Carolina Press
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
1–570–03582–2

cloth, 235 p., $29.95

Challenging the beliefs of patriotic conservationists, author John Leland investigates the truth behind the native origins of plants and animals that are commonly thought to be an essential part of the American environment. As he points out, ever since man and his dog first crossed the Bering Sea to settle on the Continent, there have been continuous changes to the environment, making the definition of "native" problematic.

Volume: 
8
Number: 
1

Invasive Exotic Species in the Sonoran Region

Author: 
Barbara Tellman (editor)
Publisher: 
University of Arizona Press and the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
Publication Date: 
2002
ISBN: 
0-816-52178-6

cloth, 424 p., $75

Few subjects have generated as much emotion as that of invasive species. I use the word emotion advisedly, after having read too many articles on the subject by authors with scientific degrees whose publications were painfully lacking in hard data, or whose data was glossed over, or whose data was selected or extrapolated to extraordinary lengths. The "take-home" message from these other publications on invasive species is that the authors believed wholeheartedly in the rightness of their beliefs.

Volume: 
5
Number: 
5
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