Insights to invasive species dynamics from desertification studies

TitleInsights to invasive species dynamics from desertification studies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsPeters DC, Yao J, Havstad K
JournalWeed Technology
Date PublishedAugust 1, 2004
Accession NumberJRN00409
ARIS Log Number161847
Keywordsconceptual model, exotic, invasive species, managing, native, perennial grasslands, predicting, woody plant invasion

The objective of this paper is to provide insights into exotic and native invasive species dynamics using a conceptual model developed from the long history of research on native woody plant invasion into perennial grasslands. We first describe our new conceptual model that focuses on landscape characteristics (spatial configuration and connectivity) interacting with environmental drivers and biotic processes across multiple scales. We then provide support for the model using a long-term dataset from southern New Mexico. Finally, we discuss new insights this model has to offer for understanding, predicting, and managing exotic invasive species dynamics.