Global networks for invasion science: benefits, challenges and guidelines

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  • Jasmin G. Packer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH
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  • Laura A. Meyerson, University of Rhode Island
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  • David M. Richardson, Stellenbosch University
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  • Giuseppe Brundu, Dipartimento di Patologia e Clinica Veterinaria, Universita’ degli Studi di Sassari
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  • Warwick J. Allen, Louisiana State University (LSU)
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  • Ganesh P. Bhattarai, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
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  • Hans Brix
  • Susan Canavan, South African National Biodiversity Institute
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  • Stefano Castiglione, University of Salerno
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  • Angela Cicatelli, University of Salerno
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  • Jan Čuda, Charles University Prague
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  • James T. Cronin, Louisiana State University (LSU)
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  • Franziska Eller
  • Francesco Guarino, University of Salerno
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  • Wei Hua Guo, Shandong University
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  • Wen Yong Guo
  • Xiao Guo, Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, Shandong University, Shandong Provincial Engineering and Technology Research Center for Vegetation Ecology, College of Landscape Architecture and Forestry, Qingdao Agricultural University
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  • José L. Hierro, Universidad Nacional de La Pampa
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  • Carla Lambertini
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  • Jian Liu, Shandong University
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  • Vanessa Lozano, Dipartimento di Patologia e Clinica Veterinaria, Universita’ degli Studi di Sassari
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  • Thomas J. Mozdzer, Bryn Mawr College
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  • Hana Skálová, Institute of Botany of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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  • Diego Villarreal, Universidad Nacional de La Pampa
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  • Ren Qing Wang, Shandong University
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  • Petr Pyšek, Charles University Prague
Much has been done to address the challenges of biological invasions, but fundamental questions (e.g., which species invade? Which habitats are invaded? How can invasions be effectively managed?) still need to be answered before the spread and impact of alien taxa can be effectively managed. Questions on the role of biogeography (e.g., how does biogeography influence ecosystem susceptibility, resistance and resilience against invasion?) have the greatest potential to address this goal by increasing our capacity to understand and accurately predict invasions at local, continental and global scales. This paper proposes a framework for the development of ‘Global Networks for Invasion Science’ to help generate approaches to address these critical and fundamentally biogeographic questions. We define global networks on the basis of their focus on research questions at the global scale, collection of primary data, use of standardized protocols and metrics, and commitment to long-term global data. Global networks are critical for the future of invasion science because of their potential to extend beyond the capacity of individual partners to identify global priorities for research agendas and coordinate data collection over space and time, assess risks and emerging trends, understand the complex influences of biogeography on mechanisms of invasion, predict the future of invasion dynamics, and use these new insights to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of evidence-based management techniques. While the pace and scale of global change continues to escalate, strategic and collaborative global networks offer a powerful approach to inform responses to the threats posed by biological invasions.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftBiological Invasions
Vol/bind19
Nummer4
Sider (fra-til)1081-1096
Antal sider16
ISSN1387-3547
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StatusUdgivet - 2017

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