Alien Species and Evolution

Alien Species and Evolution

The Evolutionary Ecology of Exotic Plants, Animals, Microbes, and Interacting Native Species


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George W. Cox

400 pages pages | 6 X 9

In Alien Species and Evolution, biologist George W. Cox reviews and synthesizes emerging information on the evolutionary changes that occur in plants, animals, and microbial organisms when they colonize new geographical areas, and on the evolutionary responses of the native species with which alien species interact.

The book is broad in scope, exploring information across a wide variety of taxonomic groups, trophic levels, and geographic areas. It examines theoretical topics related to rapid evolutionary change and supports the emerging concept that species introduced to new physical and biotic environments are particularly prone to rapid evolution. The author draws on examples from all parts of the world and all major ecosystem types, and the variety of examples used gives considerable insight into the patterns of evolution that are likely to result from the massive introduction of species to new geographic regions that is currently occurring around the globe.

Alien Species and Evolution is the only state-of-the-art review and synthesis available of this critically important topic, and is an essential work for anyone concerned with the new science of invasion biology or the threats posed by invasive species.

"Cox convincingly makes the case that evolution is central to any understanding of invasions..."


"Cox has written a must-have book."



PART I. Basic Concepts of Alien Invasion and Evolution

Chapter 1. Alien Species and Accelerated Evolution

Chapter 2. Adaptation of Alien Species for Dispersal and  Establishment

Chapter 3. Founder Effects and Exotic Variability

Chapter 4. Introduction Sources, Cryptic Species, and Invasion  Routes


PART II. Processes of Evolutionary Change and Adaptation

Chapter 5. Hybridization and Evolution of Exotics

Chapter 6. Hybridization and Transgenic Organisms

Chapter 7. Invasion Resistance of Native Communities

Chapter 8. Adaptation of Alien Species to New Habitats


PART III. Evolutionary Interaction of Aliens and Natives

Chapter 9. Evolutionary Adaptation by Alien Herbivores

Chapter 10. Evolutionary Adaptation by Alien Predators and  Parasites

Chapter 11. Adaptation of Alien Diseases to Hosts and Vectors

Chapter 12. Adaptation of Plants to Alien Herbivores and Diseases

Chapter 13. Adaptation of Native Herbivores to Alien Plants

Chapter 14. Adaptation of Animals to Alien Predators, Parasites, and Disease Agents

Chapter 15. Accumulation of Herbivores, Predators, and Parasites by Alien Species


PART IV. Global Evolutionary Consequences of Alien  Invasions

Chapter 16. Alien Species as Agents of Extirpation and Extinction

Chapter 17. Evolutionary Ecology of Alien Biological Control  Agents

Chapter 18. Counteradaptation and Integration into the Biotic Community

Chapter 19. Dispersing Aliens and Speciation

Chapter 20. Permanently Altered Biotic Communities


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"Cox convincingly makes the case that evolution is central to any understanding of invasions..."


"Cox has written a must-have book."

400 pages pages | 6 X 9
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