Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Really Good Book on Invasive Species

I recently finished reading Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion by Alan Burdick (thanks to Jim Salzman for letting me know about the book).  It's a wonderful book, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the science, policy, or law of biodiversity.

GreenCrab_USGSAs its title suggests, the book is about invasive species (like the European green crab shown to the left).  That's a pretty big and important subject, and Burdick makes it compelling, but he also manages to pack much more in.  The book also is a broader study ecology and ecologists, and in its mix of scientific and human stories, it's quite similar to David Quammen's The Song of the Dodo, which I also loved.  The law of invasive species is more of a secondary focus, but environmental lawyers also will find quite a lot to think about.  And it's very readable.  I couldn't put it down.

-Dave Owen

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