Conceptual frameworks and methods for advancing invasion ecology

Tina Heger, Anna T. Pahl, Z. Botta-Dukát, Francesca Gherardi, Christina Hoppe, Ivan Hoste, Kurt Jax, Leena Lindström, Pieter Boets, Sylvia Haider, Johannes Kollmann, Meike J. Wittmann, Jonathan M. Jeschke

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Abstract

Invasion ecology has much advanced since its early beginnings. Nevertheless, explanation, prediction, and management of biological invasions remain difficult. We argue that progress in invasion research can be accelerated by, first, pointing out difficulties this field is currently facing and, second, looking for measures to overcome them. We see basic and applied research in invasion ecology confronted with difficulties arising from (A) societal issues, e.g., disparate perceptions of invasive species; (B) the peculiarity of the invasion process, e.g., its complexity and context dependency; and (C) the scientific methodology, e.g., imprecise hypotheses. To overcome these difficulties, we propose three key measures: (1) a checklist for definitions to encourage explicit definitions; (2) implementation of a hierarchy of hypotheses (HoH), where general hypotheses branch into specific and precisely testable hypotheses; and (3) platforms for improved communication. These measures may significantly increase conceptual clarity and enhance communication, thus advancing invasion ecology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-540
Number of pages14
JournalAmbio
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - szept. 2013

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biological invasion
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invasive species
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  • Ecology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Chemistry

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Heger, T., Pahl, A. T., Botta-Dukát, Z., Gherardi, F., Hoppe, C., Hoste, I., ... Jeschke, J. M. (2013). Conceptual frameworks and methods for advancing invasion ecology. Ambio, 42(5), 527-540. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-012-0379-x

Conceptual frameworks and methods for advancing invasion ecology. / Heger, Tina; Pahl, Anna T.; Botta-Dukát, Z.; Gherardi, Francesca; Hoppe, Christina; Hoste, Ivan; Jax, Kurt; Lindström, Leena; Boets, Pieter; Haider, Sylvia; Kollmann, Johannes; Wittmann, Meike J.; Jeschke, Jonathan M.

In: Ambio, Vol. 42, No. 5, 09.2013, p. 527-540.

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Heger, T, Pahl, AT, Botta-Dukát, Z, Gherardi, F, Hoppe, C, Hoste, I, Jax, K, Lindström, L, Boets, P, Haider, S, Kollmann, J, Wittmann, MJ & Jeschke, JM 2013, 'Conceptual frameworks and methods for advancing invasion ecology', Ambio, vol. 42, no. 5, pp. 527-540. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-012-0379-x
Heger T, Pahl AT, Botta-Dukát Z, Gherardi F, Hoppe C, Hoste I et al. Conceptual frameworks and methods for advancing invasion ecology. Ambio. 2013 szept.;42(5):527-540. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-012-0379-x
Heger, Tina ; Pahl, Anna T. ; Botta-Dukát, Z. ; Gherardi, Francesca ; Hoppe, Christina ; Hoste, Ivan ; Jax, Kurt ; Lindström, Leena ; Boets, Pieter ; Haider, Sylvia ; Kollmann, Johannes ; Wittmann, Meike J. ; Jeschke, Jonathan M. / Conceptual frameworks and methods for advancing invasion ecology. In: Ambio. 2013 ; Vol. 42, No. 5. pp. 527-540.
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