Functional responses can unify invasion ecology

Jaimie Dick, Mhairi Alexander, Anthony Ricciardi, Ciaran Laverty, Paul DOWNEY, Meng Xu, Jonathan Jeschke, Wolf-Christian Saul, Matthew Hill, Ryan Wasserman, Daniel Barrios-O'Neil, Olaf Weyl, Richard Shaw

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We contend that invasion ecology requires a universal, measurable trait of species and their interactions with resources that predicts key elements of invasibility and ecological impact; here, we advocate that functional responses can help achieve this across taxonomic and trophic groups, among habitats and contexts, and can hence help unify disparate research interests in invasion ecology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1667-1672
Number of pages6
JournalBiological Invasions
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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