Conceptual Ecology and Invasion Biology: Reciprocal Approaches to Nature

  • Marc William Cadotte
  • Sean M. Mcmahon
  • Tadashi Fukami

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction, history and terminology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sean M. Mcmahon, Marc W. Cadotte, Tadashi Fukami
      Pages 3-14
    3. Helen T. Murphy, Jeremy VanDerWal, Lesley Lovett-Doust, Jon Lowtt-Doust
      Pages 65-105
  3. Populations at play

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 108-108
    2. Robert P. Freckleton, Peter M. Dowling, Nicholas K. Dulvy
      Pages 125-146
    3. Mark A. Lewis, Michael G. Neubert, Hal Caswell, James S. Clark, Katriona Shea
      Pages 169-192
    4. Kristine A. Schierenbeck, Malika L. Ainouche
      Pages 193-221
  4. Unwlcomed visitors: species interactions

  5. Large-scale consequences and pattern of invasions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 370-370
    2. Karin C. Harding, John M. McNamara, Robert D. Holt
      Pages 371-403
    3. Richard P. Duncan, David M. Forsyth
      Pages 405-421
  6. Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 482-482
    2. Marc W. Cadotte, Tadashi Fukami, Sean M. Mcmahon
      Pages 483-494
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 495-505

About this book


The conservation threat represented by invasive species is well-known, but the scientific opportunities are underappreciated. Invasion studies have historically been largely directed at the important job of collecting case studies. Invasion biology has matured to the point of being able to incorporating itself into the heart of ecology, and should be viewed as extensions or critical experiments of ecological theory.

In this edited volume, global experts in ecology and evolutionary biology explore how theories in ecology elucidate the invasion processes while also examining how specific invasions informs ecological theory. This reciprocal benefit is highlighted in a number of scales of organization: population, community and biogeographic, while employing example invaders in all major groups of organisms and from a number of regions around the globe. The chapters in this volume utilize many of the cutting edge observational, experimental, analytical and computational methods used in modern ecology. Through merging conceptual ecology and invasion biology we can obtain a better understanding of the invasion process while also developing a better understanding of how ecological systems function.


Conservation Ecological theory Environmental change Evolution Invasive species Migration biology ecology ecosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • Marc William Cadotte
    • 1
  • Sean M. Mcmahon
    • 2
  • Tadashi Fukami
    • 3
  1. 1.University of TennesseeUSA
  2. 2.University of TennesseeUSA
  3. 3.University of HawaiiManoaUSA

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