Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants” as Want to Read:
The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Much as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was a call to action against the pesticides that were devastating bird populations, Charles S. Elton's classic The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants sounded an early warning about an environmental catastrophe that has become all too familiar today—the invasion of nonnative species. From kudzu to zebra mussels to Asian long-hor ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published June 15th 2000 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1958)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mike Barnett
Mar 26, 2011 Mike Barnett rated it it was amazing
It turns out that almost everything we think of as "common knowledge" now about the disasters resulting from humans introducing foreign species was originally the work of C.S. Elton back in the mid 1950s. So in a way, it is hard to appreciate the book because of that --- but it is well worth reading anyway. Who can resist an author who writes lines like, "It is curious that both human beings and this mollusc on the eastern seaboard of North America have evolved the same skyscraper prinicple for ...more
Sridhar
Sep 14, 2014 Sridhar rated it it was ok
A valuable work, a classic, this is a book that ecologists should read, even if the case studies and maps make for dry reading and a listless flipping of pages. The focus is on invasion ecology, the great moving and mixing of species underway as people scatter species around the planet and across biogeographic realms, intently or inadvertently. There is more however: the book gravitates to a consideration of pests in agricultural landscapes and why we should find solutions informed by ecological ...more
Leslie Anthony
Jul 28, 2013 Leslie Anthony rated it liked it
The classic book on invasive organisms and how globalization was silently seeding the planet with trouble, with our efforts to control it creating more. It's an overlooked 1950s book that actually begat a science, and is cited by everyone and his brother who has had cause to write more than superficially about invasive species. It's pretty dry and wouldn't appeal to most outside of biology, but this guy (a Brit) is also pretty funny and drops some hilarious lines and observations along with what ...more
Andreu Escrivà
Nov 09, 2012 Andreu Escrivà rated it it was amazing
Un llibre absolutament imprescindible per a qualsevol biòleg o ambientòleg, i feridorament actual, tant per la temàtica com per la forma d'abordar-la. Mig segle després, allò que Elton intuïa o començava a albirar és una realitat, i sense aquest llibre, que féu esclatar el camp de l'ecologia de les espècies invasores, el panorama actual seria ben distint. La introducció de Simberloff i unes conclusions finals sobre per què conservar la natura garanteixen la vigència d'un clàssic de la ciència.
Anna
Jan 10, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful read! Charles Elton is surprisingly enjoyable, and his 1958 understanding of invasion biology should make modern biologists embarrassed about their progress (uh, that might offend some people, but the dude was really smart). Doesn't read like a dry textbook, instead is much more conversational.
Peter Macinnis
Peter Macinnis rated it really liked it
Sep 28, 2008
Liz
Liz rated it really liked it
Jun 10, 2010
Angela
Angela rated it really liked it
Nov 23, 2008
Josh
Josh rated it liked it
Jan 22, 2012
Sara Grove
Sara Grove rated it it was amazing
Nov 16, 2009
Matthew Davis
Matthew Davis rated it liked it
Mar 23, 2014
Francesc Mesquita-Joanes
Francesc Mesquita-Joanes rated it really liked it
Nov 22, 2015
Loree Burns
Loree Burns rated it really liked it
Dec 30, 2010
Julia
Julia rated it it was amazing
Jun 06, 2015
Daniel
Daniel rated it it was amazing
Jun 06, 2013
Ricky Di Rocco
Ricky Di Rocco rated it really liked it
Aug 13, 2014
Rory
Rory rated it liked it
Jan 09, 2013
Patrick
Patrick rated it liked it
Aug 21, 2009
Natalie Boydston
Natalie Boydston rated it it was amazing
Sep 13, 2015
Ellen
Ellen rated it liked it
Aug 06, 2016
Harri
Harri rated it really liked it
Feb 24, 2014
Christy
Christy rated it liked it
May 07, 2014
Peggy O'Neill
Peggy O'Neill rated it really liked it
Jul 03, 2016
Ritzy
Ritzy rated it really liked it
Dec 04, 2011
Steve
Steve rated it really liked it
Feb 29, 2012
Jan
Jan rated it really liked it
Dec 29, 2008
Ben Dows
Ben Dows rated it it was amazing
May 20, 2014
Jen
Jen rated it it was amazing
Dec 04, 2014
Mark
Mark rated it it was amazing
Feb 08, 2012
Mathew
Mathew rated it liked it
Jun 12, 2011
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Charles Sutherland Elton FRS (29 March 1900 – 1 May 1991) was an English zoologist and animal ecologist. His name is associated with the establishment of modern population and community ecology, including studies of invasive organisms.
More about Charles S. Elton...

Share This Book