Biological Invasions

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 971–972 | Cite as

M. A. Davis: Invasion biology

Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009, xiv + 244 pp, US$ 55.00 paperback US$ 120.00 hardback, ISBN 978-0-19-921875
  • Julie L. LockwoodEmail author
Book Review

Anyone who reads this journal is aware of the growing prominence of invasion biology in the scientific and popular literature. The field has quite literally grown exponentially over the last two decades. It is time for some perspective, and Invasion Biology delivers a heavy and welcome dose. The volume is geared for early career scientists (e.g., graduate students, post-docs, and junior professors), although anyone interested in the field will find something to like or dislike in this book. The author, Mark A. Davis, is a well-respected and long-time contributor to the study of biological invasions. He studies plant invasions, mostly from the viewpoint of a community ecologist. His choice of what to cover within Invasion Biologycan be clearly assigned to this academic heritage. However, this volume represents much more than the standard routine of ‘senior ecologists takes measure of his own scientific discipline’. It is a fascinating hybrid collection of literature review,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyNew BrunswickUSA

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