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Exotics

Whether to Plant the Honeysuckle



Author:

Darlene Panvini
Biology Department
Belmont University
darlene.panvinid@belmont.edu

Abstract:

This case examines the biological, ecological, social, political, and economic factors surrounding exotic species as well as the role of resource managers in shaping public policy on environmental issues. In addition to conservation ecology courses, this case would be appropriate for a non-majors science course, a bioethics course, or a majors biology course such as ecology.

Objectives:
  • Describe the factors (ecological, biological, social, political, and economic) that promote the spread of exotic species.
  • Identify the impacts of exotics on native ecological systems.
  • Debate the pros and cons of using exotic species.
  • Evaluate the role that biologists should play in shaping public policy regarding exotics.
  • Apply general characteristics of exotics and the impact of exotics on ecological systems to other species besides the species mentioned in the case.
Keywords: exotic species; conservation; biodiversity; honeysuckle; Lonicera maackii; ecosystem stability; invasive species; invasive; native; indigenous;
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Directed, Discussion, Role-Play
Language: English
Subject Headings: Biology (General)   Ecology   Environmental Science   Natural Resource Management   Science (General)  
Date Posted: 10/23/2001
Date Modified: N/A
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