Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Fall 2001


Published in Great Plains Research 11:2 (Fall 2001). Copyright © 2001 Center for Great Plains Studies.


This enthusiastic conservationist chronicles the arrival and expansion of many keystone non-indigenous species into North America and Hawaii. A wealth of knowledge is pulled together to provide an overview of the impacts of invasive plants and animals on regional ecosystems. Alien Species should be required reading for natural resource managers.

The author provides regional, biotic, theoretical, and policy perspectives on invasive species and discusses key invasive plants and animals and their known impacts within ten regions. This is the most extensive and documented part of the volume and provides powerful testimony regarding the magnitude of the problem.