[F&ES 624] / 2016-2017

The Ecology, Economics, and Politics of Species Invasion

Credits: 2


Humans are facilitating the spread of species outside of their native ranges at unprecedented
rates, and the resulting biological invasions present challenges for ecologists, conservationists,
and policy makers alike. Through course readings, in-class discussions, and debates, seminar
participants will learn to critically assess contemporary science underlying conservation and
policy decisions regarding the regulation and management of nonnative species. We will explore
the major scientific questions in biological invasions, including ‘What makes a species
invasive?” and ‘What makes a habitat invasible?” as well as more nuanced questions of how
invasive species interact with native and other invasive species and how these interactions alter
ecological consequences of biological invasions. Throughout the semester we will discuss how
invasion biology research informs policy decisions, assessing relevant policy questions such as
‘Should biocontrol agents be used against species invasions?’ or ‘Should we eat invasive species
to control their abundance?’ This course is designed for graduate students (Masters and PhD)
interested in learning how species introductions and anthropogenic change interact on a global
scale, and how to use the science of species invasions to inform policy and management
decisions. By the end of the course, students will have a solid background in the ecology and
social dimensions of biological invasions.
Prerequisites for F&ES 624:
F&ES 530: Ecosystem and Landscapes (first session: Fri, Sept 2 1:00-1:50 -Burke Aud)

Limited to 16