Are Invasive Species Different?

A workshop on the ecology and evolution of invasive species ESA Workshop – WK 15

The workshop includes six invited talks, followed by a 30-40 minute discussion session. Details are provided below and abstracts are available via the ESA website. Space is limited and filling up fast so we wanted to give you a chance to register before we start posting to the broader scientific community.

The ecological impacts of some of the world’s most notorious invaders are well-documented. However, the impacts of the majority of invaders may be small, whilst native species can have large ecological effects. This raises two important questions. First, are introduced species fundamentally different from natives, or do they have similar ecological impacts? Second, do native and introduced species differ in key ecological relationships, such as abundance-impact, species-area or diversity-productivity?

Invited Talks:

Are non-native species different than natives? Comparisons of species distribution and abundance within regions
Dov F. Sax, Brown University

Comparing phylogenetic patterns of native and exotic community assembly
Marc W. Cadotte, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Variation in native species influences invader impacts
John L. Maron, and Marilyn Marler University of Montana

Mutualisms: Key drivers of invasions . . . key casualties of invasions
David Richardson, Stellenbosch University and Anna Traveset, Institut Mediterrani d’Estudis Avançats

Escape of invasive plants from herbivory: How different is different enough?
Peter M. Kotanen, University of Toronto

Are exotic plants more chemically noxious and less nutritious than native plants?
John D. Parker, Smithsonian Institution, Eric M. Lind, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Wendy Morrison, Georgia Tech, Mark E. Hay, Georgia Institute of Technology


Event: Symposium

When: 2-August 2009

Where: ESA meeting 2009, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Directions: Click here

Contact: Rob Colautti and Cini Brown (rob.colautti@utoronto.ca)