Conservationists should assess organisms on environmental impact rather than on whether they are natives, argue Mark Davis and 18 other ecologists.

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  1. Mark A. Davis is DeWitt Wallace professor of biology at Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota, USA.

    • Mark A. Davis
  2. Matthew K. Chew is in the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287, USA.

    • Matthew K. Chew
  3. Richard J. Hobbs is in the School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia 6009, Australia.

    • Richard J. Hobbs
  4. Ariel E. Lugo is in the International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA Forest Service, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00926, Puerto Rico.

    • Ariel E. Lugo
  5. John J. Ewel is professor emeritus, Department of Ecology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA.

    • John J. Ewel
  6. Geerat J. Vermeij is in the Department of Geology, University of California, Davis, California 95616, USA.

    • Geerat J. Vermeij
  7. James H. Brown is in the Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131, USA.

    • James H. Brown
  8. Michael L. Rosenzweig is in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson 85721 Arizona, USA.

    • Michael L. Rosenzweig
  9. Mark R. Gardener is in the Restoration Group, Charles Darwin Foundation, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, Ecuador.

    • Mark R. Gardener
  10. Scott P. Carroll is in the Department of Entomology University of California, Davis, California 95616, USA.

    • Scott P. Carroll
  11. Ken Thompson is in the Department. of Plant and Animal Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK.

    • Ken Thompson
  12. Steward T. A. Pickett is at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York 12545, USA.

    • Steward T. A. Pickett
  13. Juliet C. Stromberg is in the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287, USA.

    • Juliet C. Stromberg
  14. Peter Del Tredici is at the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130, USA.

    • Peter Del Tredici
  15. Katharine N. Suding is in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720, USA.

    • Katharine N. Suding
  16. Joan G. Ehrenfeld is in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901, USA.

    • Joan G. Ehrenfeld
  17. J. Philip Grime is professor emeritus, Department of Plant and Animal Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK.

    • J. Philip Grime
  18. Joseph Mascaro is in the Department of Global Ecology, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA.

    • Joseph Mascaro
  19. John C. Briggs is professor emeritus, Department of Marine Science, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 33620, USA.

    • John C. Briggs

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