Biological Invasions and the Homogenization of Faunas and Floras

Julian D. Olden, Julie L. Lockwood, Catherine L. Parr

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36 Scopus citations
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConservation Biogeography
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781444335033
StatePublished - Apr 7 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


  • Biogeography of species invasions-shifting geographical ranges, biological and physical forces
  • Biological invasions-and fauna and flora homogenization
  • Biotic homogenization patterns
  • Biotic homogenization, modern biodiversity crisis-ecological, evolutionary and social implications
  • Biotic homogenization, overarching process-loss of taxonomic, genetic or functional distinctiveness over time
  • Biotic homogenization-species diversity changes, invasion of non-native species into areas of rare, unique native species
  • Genetic homogenization, reduction in genetic variability-within species
  • Human imprint on modern day species dispersal patterns
  • Human-assisted versus prehistoric invasions-non-native species dispersal, differing from natural dispersal events
  • Ship traffic, marine and estuarine systems-dominant invasion pathway, the ballast water of commercial ships

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