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Invasion Biology

Invasion Biology

Hypotheses and Evidence
CABI Invasives Series

Now Published!

Edited by J Jeschke, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Freie Universität Berlin and Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research, Germany, T Heger, University of Potsdam, Technical University of Munich and Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB), Germany

April 2018 / Hardback / 188 Pages / 9781780647647 £75.00 / €100.00 / $125.00
With 10% online discount: £67.50 / €90.00 / $112.50
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Main Description

There are many hypotheses describing the interactions involved in biological invasions, but it is largely unknown whether they are backed up by empirical evidence. This book fills that gap by developing a tool for assessing research hypotheses and applying it to twelve invasion hypotheses, using the hierarchy-of-hypotheses (HoH) approach, and mapping the connections between theory and evidence. In Part 1, an overview chapter of invasion biology is followed by an introduction to the HoH approach and short chapters by science theorists and philosophers who comment on the approach. Part 2 outlines the invasion hypotheses and their interrelationships. These include biotic resistance and island susceptibility hypotheses, disturbance hypothesis, invasional meltdown hypothesis, enemy release hypothesis, evolution of increased competitive ability and shifting defence hypotheses, tens rule, phenotypic plasticity hypothesis, Darwin's naturalization and limiting similarity hypotheses and the propagule pressure hypothesis. Part 3 provides a synthesis and suggests future directions for invasion research

    • Part I: Introduction to invasion biology and the hierarchy-of-hypotheses approach
  • Chapter 1: Invasion biology: searching for predictions and prevention, and avoiding lost causes
  • Chapter 2: The hierarchy-of-hypotheses approach
  • Chapter 3: Hierarchy of hypotheses or hierarchy of predictions? Clarifying key concepts in ecological research
  • Chapter 4: Mapping theoretical and evidential landscapes in ecological science: Levins’ virtue trade-off and the hierarchy-of-hypotheses approach
  • Chapter 5: A hierarchy of hypotheses or a network of models
  • Chapter 6: The hierarchy-of-hypotheses approach updated – a toolbox for structuring and analysing theory, research and evidence
    • Part II: Hypothesis network and 12 focal hypotheses
  • Chapter 7: A network of invasion hypotheses
  • Chapter 8: Biotic resistance and island susceptibility hypotheses
  • Chapter 9: Disturbance hypothesis
  • Chapter 10: Invasional meltdown hypothesis
  • Chapter 11: Enemy release hypothesis
  • Chapter 12: Evolution of increased competitive ability and shifting defence hypotheses
  • Chapter 13: Tens rule
  • Chapter 14: Phenotypic plasticity hypothesis
  • Chapter 15: Darwin’s naturalisation and limiting similarity hypotheses
  • Chapter 16: Propagule pressure hypothesis
    • Part III: Synthesis and outlook
  • Chapter 17: Synthesis
  • Chapter 18: Conclusions and outlook

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