publication . Article . Conference object . 2009

Can one invasion lead to another? Niche space and the future of Southwestern U.S. riparian zones

Lindsay Reynolds; Lindsay Reynolds; David Cooper;
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  • Published: 08 Oct 2009 Journal: Nature Precedings (issn: 1756-0357, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
Abstract
Background/Question/Methods: Invasive species are increasingly problematic world-wide. Scientists working to understand why invasive species are successful must first understand the processes of invasion. Invasion facilitation and empty niche exploitation are key processes that have not been well-studied in species rich ecosystems such as riparian areas. In the southwestern United States (U.S.) two prominent invaders of riparian habitats are the exotic woody plant species tamarisk (Tamarix ramosissima, T. chinensis, and their hybrids) and Russian olive (Eleagnus angustifolia). These plants were introduced by humans throughout the southwest around 1900. Both tama...
Subjects
free text keywords: Ecology, Biology, Niche, Riparian zone, geography.geographical_feature_category, geography
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publication . Article . Conference object . 2009

Can one invasion lead to another? Niche space and the future of Southwestern U.S. riparian zones

Lindsay Reynolds; Lindsay Reynolds; David Cooper;