Tamarix A Case Study of Ecological Change in the American West

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-03-04
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Few plant species have had as much combined scientific, public, and political attention as exotic Tamarix spp (tamarisk, saltcedar), attracting the public eye in the early 2000's when widespread drought in the West corresponded to assertions that the introduced tree used as much water as whole cities. This edited volume contains 24 essays by 44 authors on the hybrid swarm that represents invasive tamarisk, including its biology, ecology, politics, history, management, and even the philosophical and ethical issues involved with designating a particular species as "good" or "bad". These works reflect the controversy that has arisen around its role in our ecosystems and what should (or should not) be done about it, particularly in the context of the release of a biological control agent. This is the first text to examine these many facets of this interesting plant with an engaging and sometimes surprising collection of written works from the most important researchers in the field, representing the full spectrum of scientific perspectives.

Author Biography

Anna Sher has been investigating the ecology of tamarisk trees since 1993 and on two continents. She is a biology professor at the University of Denver, where her lab is currently focused on restoration of riparian ecosystems and plant communities that arise after the removal of Tamarix.

Martin F. Quigley is a plant ecologist and licensed landscape architect. He is the Kurtz Professor of Botany at the University of Denver, where he teaches Conservation Biology, Ethnobotany, Ecology, and Restoration Ecology.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Paradox Plant
Biology and Range
Genetics of Tamarix
Measuring Extent and Projections of Tamarix distribution in North America
Evapotranspiration by tamarisk in the Colorado River Basin
Tamarisk: Ecohydrology of a Successful Plant
Water use by Tamarix
Tamarix, hydrology and fluvial geomorphology
Tamarisk and Salinity: an overview
Tamarix from organism to landscape
Tamarix as Wildlife Habitat
Tamarisk in riparian woodlands: a birds eye view
Tamarix as invertebrate habitat
Tamarix and soil ecology
Fire ecology of Tamarix
Tamarix: passenger or driver of ecosystem change?
The Human Element
Tamarisk Introduction, Naturalization and Control in the United States, 1818-1952
The Politics of a Tree: How a species became national policy
A Philosophical Framework for Assessing the Value of the Tamarisk
The horticulture of Tamarix
Tamarix management: Lessons and techniques
Tamarisk management at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Bring on the beetles! The history and impact of tamarisk biological control
Riparian restoration in the context of Tamarix control
Revegetation After Tamarisk Removal: what grows next?
The future of Tamarix
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