Whether to Plant the Honeysuckle
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.
- 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.
Keywordsexotic species; conservation; biodiversity; honeysuckle; Lonicera maackii; ecosystem stability; invasive species; invasive; native; indigenous;
Educational LevelUndergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Type / MethodsDirected, Discussion, Role-Play
Subject HeadingsBiology (General) | Ecology | Environmental Science | Natural Resource Management | Science (General) |