The Evolutionary Ecology of Invasive Species

The Evolutionary Ecology of Invasive Species

1st Edition - October 24, 2021

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  • Author: Johannes Le Roux
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128183786
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128183793

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The Evolutionary Ecology of Invasive Species offers new insights into the mechanisms that underlie rapid evolution in these species. The book provides a comprehensive overview of achievements in the field during the boom of information over the past two decades and includes discussions of possible future directions for the study of evolution in invasive species. Written by an international expert in invasion ecology, population genetics, and evolutionary biology, the book explores the roles of preadaptation, phenotypic plasticity, selection, and stochastic processes in driving rapid evolution. The book draws insights from a wide spectrum of invasive microbes, plants, and animals, covering many of the planet’s biogeographic regions and discusses the evolutionary consequences for native species in response to biological invasions. A valuable resource to researchers and students in evolutionary biology, invasive species biology, and global change biology, this text suggests future research directions related to the evolutionary biology, impacts, and management of invasive species.

Key Features

  • Highlights the most recent advances and developments in using evolutionary principles to study and manage invasive species
  • Offers new and often overlooked insights in processes that govern rapid evolution
  • Discusses key stages of population demography that underlie rapid evolutionary change in invasive species, including their introduction, naturalisation, and dispersal


Field researchers and practitioners in evolutionary biology, invasive species biology, and global change biology; advanced undergraduate students and Masters-level graduates in evolutionary and invasion biology

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • For Adeline and Benjamin
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Setting the scene
  • 1.1: A brave new world
  • 1.2: Invasive species are major features of Anthropocene habitats
  • 1.3: A brief overview of rapid evolution in invasive species
  • 1.4: About this book
  • References
  • Chapter 2: Life in the fast lane
  • Abstract
  • 2.1: Introduction
  • 2.2: Microevolution during biological invasions
  • 2.3: Epigenetic variation
  • 2.4: Holobionts and hologenomes
  • 2.5: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 3: A home away from home: The role of eco-evolutionary experience in establishment and invasion success
  • Abstract
  • 3.1: Introduction
  • 3.2: Eco-evolutionary experience and invasiveness
  • 3.3: How does eco-evolutionary experience influence the pace of contemporary evolution and the ecological impacts caused by invasive species?
  • 3.4: Conclusions and future directions
  • References
  • Chapter 4: Phenotypic plasticity and the emerging field of ‘invasion epigenetics’
  • Abstract
  • 4.1: Introduction
  • 4.2: Mechanisms of epigenetic variation
  • 4.3: The ecological consequences of epigenetic variation
  • 4.4: The evolutionary consequences of epigenetic variation
  • 4.5: The role of epigenetic variation in establishment success
  • 4.6: Epigenetic variation during range expansions
  • 4.7: Epigenetics, hybridisation, and polyploidization: Insights from invasive Spartina anglica
  • 4.8: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 5: Drivers of rapid evolution during biological invasions
  • Abstract
  • 5.1: Introduction
  • 5.2: Changes in abiotic conditions
  • 5.3: Changes in biotic conditions
  • 5.4: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 6: The current state of research on the evolutionary ecology of invasive species
  • Abstract
  • 6.1: Introduction
  • 6.2: Causes of rapid evolution
  • 6.3: Traits that frequently undergo rapid evolution during invasion
  • 6.4: Introduction history
  • 6.5: Experimental design
  • 6.6: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter 7: Evolutionary impacts of invasive species on native species
  • Abstract
  • 7.1: Introduction
  • 7.2: Direct evolutionary impacts
  • 7.3: Genetic impacts via hybridisation
  • 7.4: Indirect impacts
  • 7.5: Invasive species as drivers of extinction and speciation
  • 7.6: Conclusion
  • References
  • Chapter 8: Invasion genetics: Molecular genetic insights into the spatial and temporal dynamics of biological invasions
  • Abstract
  • 8.1: Introduction
  • 8.2: The genetics of invasive species
  • 8.3: Genetic signatures of adaptation
  • 8.4: Concluding remarks and future directions
  • References
  • Chapter 9: Incorporating evolutionary biology into invasive species management
  • Abstract
  • 9.1: Introduction
  • 9.2: Evolutionary approaches to enhance the success of classical biological control
  • 9.3: The use of native enemies as biological control agents
  • 9.4: Engineering genomes to manage invasive species
  • 9.5: Gene drives: Frankenstein species or promising tools for the genetic control of invasive species?
  • 9.6: Conclusions
  • References
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 228
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: October 24, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128183786
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128183793

About the Author

Johannes Le Roux

Dr. Johannes Le Roux currently serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He is also International Research Associate in the Centre for Invasion Biology at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He received his PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences. Dr. Le Roux’s principal research interests focus around molecular ecology and population dynamics of invasive species, evolutionary biology, biogeography of plants, and plant-microbial interactions. In addition to publishing numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on invasive species, Dr. Le Roux currently serves as Associate Editor for Austral Ecology, Biological Invasions, and Oecologia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

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