The Threat of Invasive Species – An Interview with Dr. Michael Hutchins
In an ongoing series of interviews with renowned wildlife professional and ecologist Dr. Michael Hutchins, Newswatch Contributing Editor Dr. Jordan Schaul explores another threat to nature.
Jordan: People, including scientists, often confuse or misuse terminology applied to invasive species biology. For example, the words “exotic”, “non-indigenous” and “introduced” are used interchangeably, but their precise meaning usually warrants more conservative usage. The distinctions may seem trivial, but they are important in helping us understand how these “invaders” influence the world around us. Can you first provide some background information on invasive species with particular regard for the labels and terminology?
Michael: There are a few subtleties in definitions. The terms “exotic”, “alien”, “non-indigenous” and “introduced” are often used interchangeably to describe species that are non-native to a host ecosystem. More specifically, they refer to species that have not evolved in the host ecosystem, or naturally colonized the area; but rather, to species that have been actively transported by humans past natural geographical barriers to…
Posted on: May 11, 2015
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