The role of species charisma in biological invasions

Ivan Jaric*, Franck Courchamp, Ricardo A. Correia, Sarah L. Crowley, Franz Essl, Anke Fischer, Pablo Gonzalez-Moreno, Gregor Kalinkat, Xavier Lambin, Bernd Lenzner, Yves Meinard, Aileen Mill, Camille Musseau, Ana Novoa, Jan Pergl, Petr Pysek, Klara Pyskova, Peter Robertson, Menja von Schmalensee, Ross T. ShackletonRobert A. Stefansson, Katerina Stajerova, Diogo Verissimo, Jonathan M. Jeschke

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Abstract

Commonly used in the literature to refer to the "attractiveness", "appeal", or "beauty" of a species, charisma can be defined as a set of characteristics - and the perception thereof - that affect people's attitudes and behaviors toward a species. It is a highly relevant concept for invasion science, with implications across all stages of the invasion process. However, the concept of invasive alien species (IAS) charisma has not yet been systematically investigated. We discuss this concept in detail, provide a set of recommendations for further research, and highlight management implications. We review how charisma affects the processes associated with biological invasions andIASmanagement, including species introductions and spread, media portrayals, public perceptions of species management, research attention, and active public involvement in research and management. Explicit consideration ofIAScharisma is critical for understanding the factors that shape people's attitudes toward particular species, planning management measures and strategies, and implementing a combination of education programs, awareness raising, and public involvement campaigns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-352
Number of pages8
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Keywords

  • TAXONOMIC BIAS
  • MANAGEMENT
  • CONSEQUENCES
  • PERCEPTIONS
  • FRAMEWORK
  • DYNAMICS
  • BENEFITS
  • INSIGHTS
  • AQUARIUM
  • SPREAD

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