alexa Are invasive species a major cause of extinctions?
Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

Journal of Ecosystem & Ecography

Author(s): Gurevitch J, Padilla DK

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Abstract The link between species invasions and the extinction of natives is widely accepted by scientists as well as conservationists, but available data supporting invasion as a cause of extinctions are, in many cases, anecdotal, speculative and based upon limited observation. We pose the question, are aliens generally responsible for widespread extinctions? Our goal is to prompt a more critical synthesis and evaluation of the available data, and to suggest ways to take a more scientific, evidence-based approach to understanding the impact of invasive species on extinctions. Greater clarity in our understanding of these patterns will help us to focus on the most effective ways to reduce or mitigate extinction threats from invasive species. This article was published in Trends Ecol Evol and referenced in Journal of Ecosystem & Ecography

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