The Science Teacher - Richard Lord
"Invasive species are introduced into new areas, often accidentally, and grow rapidly, damaging the environment. In the United States alone, invasive species cause an estimated $12.6 billion in damages each year. Often, these species have no natural predators in their new environment, which helps them compete successfully with native populations.
Species can invade through natural processes such as movement of water and wind, in the case of plant seeds, or by walking, flying, and swimming, in the case of animals. Human activity also spreads invasive species. The book details the stories of well-known cases including kudzu, Eurasian milfoil, cane toad, emerald ash borer, water hyacinth, and Asian carp. Some invasive species breed with native species, causing the native populations to become more like the invaders. Scientists and government agencies use a variety of methods to attempt to limit the invaders, including border security, barriers, predators, chemicals, bounties, and education.
This book is part of the series on timely and potentially controversial topics. The books consider the pros and cons of the subjects in an easy-to-read and visually appealing format. Appropriate examples and short case studies are included, along with recent statistical information when needed. Words in bold print are defined in the glossary and underlined text is used for important information and defining terms.
The books contain numerous sidebars, charts, and tables that offer interesting facts, related information, biographical vignettes, and thought-provoking quotes. Carefully selected, attention-getting illustrations and attractive, colorful layouts add to the appeal of the series. Additional useful features include conclusions and summaries of major points, career ideas, timelines, and discussion questions. Besides the glossary, there are also lists of print and web resources, topics and suggestions for further research, and an index. These books would be appropriate in a classroom library, providing information for discussions, reports, debates, and special projects. – Richard Lord The Science Teacher November 2012" - The Science Teacher