Biological Invasions

, Volume 20, Issue 6, pp 1641–1642 | Cite as

A new resource on the mathematics of invasion

Cang Hui and David M. Richardson: A review of Invasion Dynamics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2017, x + 322 pp, $59.95 (Paperback), ISBN 978-0-19-874534-1
  • Lauren M. Smith-Ramesh
Book Review

Invasion Dynamics, by Cang Hui and David Richardson, is a new academic text that seeks to place invasion science on solid theoretical ground, while pushing the field forward by tackling invasion science from the perspective of complexity science. In the authors’ own words, a central goal is to ameliorate the ‘awkward fit’ invasion ecology has within the broader field, which they argue is a product of previous efforts to study ecology in pristine systems. By highlighting cases in which the study of biological invasions facilitate novel tests of classic ecological theory and generate new theory, Invasion Dynamics serves as an answer to those who would question the utility of invasion science as a field.

Invasion Dynamicsis strongly focused on the mathematical theory behind invasion science, covering everything from the mathematics behind spread and range expansion to the always-fascinating math behind regime shifts. The theory covered in the book reaches beyond basic invasion ecology...


  1. Bradley BA, Blumenthal DM, Wilcove DS, Ziska LH (2010) Predicting plant invasion in an era of global change. Trends in Ecol Evol 15:310–318CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Hendry AP (2017) Eco-evolutionary dynamics. Princeton University Press, PrincetonCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Lurgi M, Galiana N, Lopez BC, Joppa LN, Montoya JM (2014) Network complexity and species traits mediate the effects of biological invasions on dynamic food webs. Front Ecol Evol 2:36CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Romanuk TN, Zhou Y, Brose U, Berlow EL, Williams RJ, Martinez ND (2009) Predicting invasion success in complex ecological networks. Philos Trans R Soc B-Biol Sci 364:1743–1754CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Stouffer DB, Cirtwill AR, Bascompte J, Bartomeus I (2014) How exotic plants integrate into pollination networks. J Ecol 102:1442–1450CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute for Mathematical and Biological SynthesisUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

Personalised recommendations