The role of space in invasive species management

Julia M. Touza, Martin Drechsler, Karin Johst, Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz

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In this chapter we first review the emerging literature on the spatial economics of invasive species. The studies are reviewed in terms of their use of space: the inclusion of local heterogeneity and the analysis of a network of areas (i.e. two-patches versus multiple-patches). We show that most of the studies either focus on heterogeneity in simple landscape with two patches, or on complex landscapes with multiple areas but ignoring spatial heterogeneity. We also develop a simple model to explore the role of spatial heterogeneity in invasive species management in a landscape with multiple areas. Our model indicates the need to identify where there are clusters of larger suitable patches/habitats for establishment in the landscape, because these need to be treated differently than those regions with smaller patches (provided that control costs are sensitivity to the amount of area removed).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBioinvasions and Globalization: Ecology, Economics, Management, and Policy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-956016-5
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • invasive species
  • biological invasion
  • landscape management
  • spatial heterogeneity

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