The Western Section of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting

At the Peppermill Resort in Reno NV

Our theme this year is “Invasive species: globalization and bad decisions.”  Invasive species can be both local and global problems that affect wildlife directly and indirectly.  “Globalization” here is cast in the broad sense whether invasions are facilitated by currently expanding global trade or just movement (past or present) of species across borders for any reason.  Similarly “bad decisions” as used here is broadly meant to be decisions that are made either knowingly (e.g., pet trade, direct introduction of species, horticulture trade) or by accident and indifference (e.g., failure to consider the consequences of actions like dumping of ballast water from ships) that result in establishment of invasive species.  Because of the nature of this topic it transcends the immediate topic of the biology of invasive species to encompass the arenas of economics, politics, law, philosophy, and ethics.  Hence, the issues surrounding invasive species and their impacts are enormously complex, highly contentious, politically divisive, and are often technical complex to resolve.  This is an issue that will affect almost every wildlifer in their career.

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