Invasive species

Invasive species are non-native species that have been introduced to an ecosystem and have established there causing ecological damage. The study of invasive species involves questions about the traits that cause their damaging behaviour, and how they can be managed or eradicated.

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News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Recent engineered expansions of the Panama and Suez canals have accelerated the introduction of non-native marine fishes and other organisms between their adjacent waters. Measures to prevent further invasions through canals should be incorporated into global shipping policies, as well as through local efforts.

    • Gustavo A. Castellanos-Galindo
    • , D. Ross Robertson
    •  & Mark E. Torchin
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Applying an invasive framework to native species that are shifting their ranges in response to climate change adopts an adversarial, local and static paradigm that is often at odds with protecting global biodiversity.

    • Mark C. Urban
    Nature Climate Change 10, 382-384
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Ash forests in North America and Eurasia are rapidly being lost to two invasive alien species: the emerald ash borer and Chalara ash dieback fungus. We argue that better regulatory policy and science-based intervention can help slow losses, and recommend an international consortium to coordinate science-based intervention.

    • Devrim Semizer-Cuming
    • , Konstantin V. Krutovsky
    • , Yuri N. Baranchikov
    • , Erik D. Kjӕr
    •  & Claire G. Williams
  • Editorial |

    Predators have important roles in structuring ecosystems, yet many are critically endangered and their reputation among non-scientists is decidedly mixed.