Invasion Ecology goes to town : from disdain to sympathy

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Title
Invasion Ecology goes to town : from disdain to sympathy
Journal
Biological Invasions
Author(s)
Salomon Cavin J., Kull C. A.
ISSN
1387-3547 (Print)
1573-1464 (Online)
ISSN-L
1573-1464
Publication state
Published
Issued date
23/10/2017
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Number
19
Pages
3471-3487
Language
english
Abstract
How can one understand the increasing interest in “urban invasions”, or biological invasions in urban environments? We argue that interest in urban invasions echoes a broader evolution in how ecologists view “the city” in relation to “the natural”. Previously stark categorical distinctions between urban and natural, human and wild, city and ecology have foundered. Drawing on conceptual material and an analysis of key texts, we first show how the ecological sciences in general – and then invasion science in particular – previously had a blind spot for cities, despite a number of important historical and continental European exceptions. Then, we document the advent of an urban turn in ecology and, more recently, in invasion ecology, and how this has challenged fundamental concepts about “nativity”, “naturalness”, and human agency in nature. The urban turn necessitates more explicit and direct attention to human roles and judgements. Ecology has moved from contempt (or indifference) for cities, towards interest or even sympathy.
Keywords
Biological invasions, Historical perspective, Invasion science, Paradigm shift, Urban ecology
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