Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Readings for 2/5

Here are the readings for our next class:

2/5: The “ideal” invader – Biological characteristics that make a successful invader

Monday, January 29, 2007

Readings for 1/31/07

  1. Invasive Plant Pests Definitions and Criteria. (2004). NBII Southern Appalachian Information Node. [updated 1/30 at 9pm]
  2. A Guide to Designing Legal and Institutional Frameworks on Alien Invasive Species. Environment Policy and Law Paper No. 40 (.pdf file). (2000). IUCN. [Only read Section 1.1 (pp. 1-4). No need to print out the whole thing!]
  3. "On invading species and invaded ecosystems: the interplay of historical chance and biological necessity." di Castri (1990). In Biological Invasions in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. pp. 3-16. (.pdf)
  4. "Biological Invasions and Cryptogenic Species." Carlton, J. T. (1996). Ecology 77(6): 1653-1655. [Available via JSTOR]

Course Syllabus

You can download the course description and syllabus here (.pdf file). The syllabus is subject to change as we move forward through the semester.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Welcome to the BIOL 648 Weblog!

This weblog was created as a base of communication for BIOL 648 - Invasive Species: Ecology, Evolution & Management, a 3-credit, graduate level course at the University of Massachusetts Boston. It will provide students with links to reading and homework assignments, updates on special lectures and field trips, class discussions, and tips for the semester project.