Human Transformation of California: Botany, History, and Sociology
Mooney, Harold .
The Biotic Transformation of California--Exotic and Invasive Species.
THE biotic transformation of the State of California began prior to the Gold Rush but accelerated extensively during the past century and has continued into the present. We now have more species in the State than before settlement. The introduction of many exotic species have fueled the economy and graced our gardens. Some of the exotic, but currently non-invasive species, have even changed our landscapes, such as the many Eucalyptus species. Those species of concern to conservationists and ecosystem managers are those species, which have been introduced, either purposefully or accidentally and that are causing economic or ecological damage. Unfortunately this list is large, and growing, and includes animals, plants and microbes. Examples of those invasives that are having the greatest impact on transforming the California landscape, and its ecological and evolutionary functioning, will be illustrated and a prognosis of what the future will bring will be given.
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1 - Stanford University, Biological Sciences, Room 477, Herrin Laboratories, Stanford, California, 94305, USA
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
Time: 9:00 AM