Biological Invasions

, Volume 19, Issue 10, pp 3071–3072 | Cite as

The aliens among us: How invasive species are transforming the planet—And ourselves Yale University Press, New Haven Connecticut, 2017, xii + 353 pp, ISBN 978-0-300-20890-0

  • Lauren M. Smith-Ramesh
Book Review

The Aliens Among Us: How Invasive Species Are Transforming the Planetand Ourselves, by Leslie Anthony, is an entertaining account of the science, impact, and management of invasive species, aimed to appeal broadly to scientists and non-scientists alike. Through this Bryson-esque travelogue, readers will accompany Anthony on a tour of invasive species from around the world, evenly peppered with amusing anecdotes from his travels and ecological theory derived from classic and cutting-edge literature. Anthony’s background as a practicing scientist (he earned his Ph.D. in Genetics and Evolutionary Ecology from the University of Toronto) and his experience as a science journalist make him well-qualified to write a nuanced account of invasive species in both science and popular culture, and he does so quite effectively through The Aliens Among Us.

While the book is initially framed around the sensational case of Burmese Python invading the Florida Everglades, Anthony uses this charismatic...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute for Mathematical and Biological SynthesisKnoxvilleUSA

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