Spatial structure and the control of invasive alien species

Justin Mark John Travis, Kirsty J. Park

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Abstract

Invasive alien species pose a significant threat to biodiversity worldwide and many eradication programmes are now underway in an effort to reduce the impact they may have on native species and ecosystems. The spatial structure of such invasive species populations is likely to have important implications for designing effective control strategies. Here, a simple source-sink population model is used to address the following question: if a population of an invasive alien species is source-sink in nature, what is the best way of dividing limited resources for its control? Results from this model indicate that allocation of resources solely to the source population does not always result in the most effective control strategy. The most efficient control measure is determined by the relative strengths (net gains and losses) of the source and sink populations and, crucially, the nature of dispersal between them. We present a case study for the control of an invasive species illustrating the use of these types of model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-330
Number of pages10
JournalAnimal Conservation
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004

Keywords

  • population dynamics
  • metapopulation models
  • adaptive management
  • density dependence
  • waders Charadrii
  • migratory birds
  • habitat
  • dispersal
  • sinks
  • conservation

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Spatial structure and the control of invasive alien species. / Travis, Justin Mark John; Park, Kirsty J.

In: Animal Conservation, Vol. 7, No. 3, 08.2004, p. 321-330.

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