All Wrapped Up in Kudzu & Other Ecological Disasters

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Catherine E. Matthews, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This article includes an activity that you can do in your classroom today to reinforce the concept of and problems involved with introduced, nonnative or alien species. Following are seven vignettes about seven different plant and animal species that have become, or currently are, near ecological disasters. These species include the brown tree snake in Guam, the cane toad in Australia, coyotes in North Carolina, goats in the Galapagos Islands, the Kiskadee flycatcher in Bermuda, kudzu vine in the eastern United States, and pigs in Hawaii. The idea of introduced or alien species is certainly not new in ecology, although it may be for some of your students. What is unique about this article is the collection of vignettes that accurately and succinctly describes past, current and continuing problems around the world.

Additional Information

The American Biology Teacher, 61 (1), 42-46.
Language: English
Date: 1999
Alien species, Introduced species, Invasive, Science teaching, Ecology

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