Population ecology considerations for monitoring and managing biological invasions

Patrick C. Tobin, Laura M. Blackburn, Shelby J. Fleischer, E. Anderson Robert

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Biological invasions constitute a major threat to native-and agro-ecosystems and comprise three processes: arrival, establishment, and spread. Following successful establishment is an evaluation of the potential impact and management options of a nonnative species. Applications based on GIS are valuable tools that allow managers to monitor the arrival, determine successful establishment, and estimate the rate of spread of an invasive species. In this chapter, we describe the population ecology of biological invasions in a general context, focusing mostly on nonnative insects, and address conceptually the use of geospatial tools in facilitating our understanding and management of invasive species. We also include a tutorial demonstrating the utility of GIS tools in estimating invasion speed and understanding the spread dynamics of an introduced nonnative species across a landscape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGIS Applications in Agriculture
Subtitle of host publicationVolume Three: Invasive Species
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781420078817
ISBN (Print)9781420078800
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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