A  web·guide to sustainable development, conservation & the glocal environment



General Information


Invasive species @ Encyclopaedia of Earth

Invasive species @ Library of Congress

Invasive species @ Wikipedia

Invasive species cross-journal content @ British Ecological Society

International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species @ USGS

Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (USFS, USDA)

Pest Tracker

Databases & mapping

Alien Forest Pest Explorer (AFPE)

EDDMapS: Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System

Forest Pests of North America

Global Invasive Species Database

Global Register of Invasive Species (GRIS)

Lists of invasive species @ Wikipedia


Biological Invasions

Management of Biological Invasions

Nature Communications

     Invasive species


Russian Journal of Biological Invasions

Institutions ~ International organizations

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

    Invasive Alien Species

International Maritime Organization

     · Ballast Water Management

     · GloBallast Partnership

     · Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (IMO)

International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC)


     · Invasive species

     · Invasive Species Specialist Group

     · Global Invasive Species Database

North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA)

Institutions ~ Research institutions

Biocontrol Laboratory @ URI

Center for Exotic Species @ Michigan Tech

Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health @ University of Georgia

Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Rodents (GBIRd)

Global Invasive Species Information Network

     · Apparently defunct

      · Wikipedia entry

Global Invasive Species Programme

     Global Strategy on Invasive Species

     · Does not appear to have been updated since ~2010

USA sites

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

     Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

     National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC)

     U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

          Invasive species

US Department of Interior (USDOI)

     National Invasive Species Council

     US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)

          Invasive Species Program

     US Geological Service

          Explore USGS Invasive Species Research

          Great Lakes Science Center

US National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

     National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Center for Invasive Plant Management

          Invasive Plant Resource Guide

Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (Florida)

Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group

Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs)

    New York PRISMs


          Blue Ridge PRISM

          Northern Virginia

Invasive Species Information Node (NBII)

     · Defunct

National Institute of Invasive Species Science

     · Defunct

Taxa ~ Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA; Adelges tsugae)




Save Georgia's Hemlocks

Taxa ~ Lionfish (Pterois miles and Pterois volitans)

Invasive Lionfish Web Portal

Impacts of Invasive Lionfish @ NOAA

Taxa ~ Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

Purple Loosestrife @

Purple Loosestrife @ USDA

Select readings on invasive species

The Evolutionary Impact of Invasive Species

     · 2001. H. A. Mooney and E. E. Cleland. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

     · Examines how the Age of Exploration (~1492·1700) gave rise to the growth of invasive species

       and how they affected the evolution of native species.

     · “Since the Age of Exploration began, there has been a drastic breaching of biogeographic barriers

       that previously had isolated the continental biotas for millions of years. We explore the nature of

       these recent biotic exchanges and their consequences on evolutionary processes.”

A Neutral Terminology to Define Invasive Species

     · 2004. Robert I. Colautti and Hugh J. MacIsaac. Diversity and Distributions.

     · This article takes issue with the traditional, often imprecise terms used to describe nonindigenous

       species and suggests a more neutral, nuanced framework instead.

     · “The use of simple terms to articulate ecological concepts can confuse ideological debates and

       undermine management efforts. ...Attempts to redefine commonly used terminology have proven

       difficult because authors are often partial to particular definitions.”

Beyond the War on Invasive Species

     · 2015. Tao Orion. Chelsea Green Publishing.

     · This book provides a new perspective on invasive species that goes “beyond the war,” offering a

       holistic approach based on permaculture, a land management philosophy that emphasizes harmony

       with the ecosystem.

     · “Utilizing the latest research and thinking on the changing nature of ecological systems, Beyond the

       War on Invasive Species closely examines the factors that are largely missing from the common

       conceptions of invasive species, including how the colliding effects of climate change, habitat

       destruction, and changes in land use and management contribute to their proliferation.”

The New Wild

     · 2015. Fred Pearce. Beacon Press

     · This book provocatively suggests that the traditional ecological view on alien species is outdated,

       that the so·called “balance of nature” might not be so fragile after all.

     · “In an era of climate change and widespread ecological damage, it is absolutely crucial that we find

       ways to help nature regenerate. Embracing the new ecology, Pearce shows us, is our best chance. To

       be an environmentalist in the twenty·first century means celebrating nature's wildness and capacity for change.”

The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants

     · 1958. Charles Sutherland Elton. Springer Netherlands

     · This classic book, targeted at an educated lay audience, seeks to outline the problem of invasive species

       through a series of striking examples of animals and plants.

     · “In this book I have tried to bring together ideas from three different streams of thought with which I have

       been closely concerned during the last thirty years or so. The first is faunal history, usually regarded as a

       purely academic subject, but to some of whose events can be traced a number of the serious dislocations

       taking place in the world today.”

Invasive Species in a Changing World

     · 2000. Mooney, Harold A., and R. J. Hobbs. Island Press.

     ·This book argues that in the dawn of a new millennium, changing patterns of global commerce are

      accelerating the dangerous destruction of ancient biogeographic barriers that kept species separated on

      different continents.

     · “Some introduced species not only take hold in their new foreign habitat but also become aggressive;

       these—invasives—can exact a serious toll on ecosystem diversity and processes. Global changes—

       including changes in atmospheric composition, land use patterns, and fire regimes—are likely to foster

       the success of invaders in coming decades.”

Invasive alien species

Contents of this page:

     · General information

       · Databases & mapping

         · Periodicals

           · Institutions

                  ~ International organizations

                  ~ Research

             · USA sites

               · Invasive taxa

                      ~ Hemlock Wooly adelgid

                      ~ Lionfish (Pterois miles and Pterois volitans)

                      ~ Purple loosestrife

                 · Select readings on invasive species

Matthew Sherack of Brandeis University developed this page in 2023.




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