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Addressing uncertainty in impact assessments for alien species

Participants at the workshop held in Melbourne, Australia in 2018.

Impact classification schemes for alien taxa are becoming more prominent as the threats posed by biological invasions increase. A recent study found that despite a high variety of uncertainties occurring in impact assessments, some of which cannot be eliminated easily, communicating their existence, cause and variety can lead to more useful and reliable outcomes of impact assessments.

The invasion continues: Alien species expected to increase by 36% until 2050

Compared to the year 2005, the number of alien species is expected to increase by 36% by the middle of this century. The majority of these newcomers are insects. These are the results of a study by an international team of researchers led by Dr Hanno Seebens of the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center in Germany.

Identifying invasion syndromes to improve our capacity of understanding and managing biological invasions

Invasion framework

For decades, invasion scientists have been trying to identify generalisations that can allow us to understand which species will become invasive in the future, where and how they will be introduced, which impacts they will have in the invaded areas, and how we can efficiently manage them.

Digging into the causes of plant invasion effects on native biodiversity: alien plants as temperature modifiers

With a changing climate it becomes even more important to understand how animals experience temperature on the ground. On a warm summer’s day, air temperature sensors might reach 30°C or more, yet a lizard will feel the heat differently in its own environment.