Directing research to reduce the impacts of nonindigenous species

  • Byers J
  • Reichard S
  • Randall J
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Management of nonindigenous species is a crucial aspect of maintaining native biodiversity and normal ecosystem functions. We attempt to guide researchers in developing projects that will be of use to con- servation practitioners, tangibly improving applied conservation measures. We advocate a directed approach for conservation research to aid in prioritizing nonindigenous species for intervention by resource managers. This approach includes outlining what needs to be known to make such relative judgments about the impacts of nonindigenous species and the most promising methods by which to obtain such information. We also ad- dress active measures that should be taken once priorities have been set, highlighting the roles of risk assess- ment and research in improving control efforts. Ultimately, a better match between research and practical conservation needs should result in more effective reduction of the effects of nonindigenous species on native species.

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  • Jeb ByersUniversity of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology

  • Sarah Reichard

  • John M. Randall

  • Ingrid M. Parker

  • Carey S. Smith

  • W. M. Lonsdale

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