The mandatory reading is Andelman & Fagan (2000). However, a
great deal of important background information is found in Simberloff (1998) and it provides a worthwhile
introduction to the concepts and controversies involved in implementing various
single-species management schemes. We will review this document (which certainly
merits discussion on its own, but we have to choose one) at the start of
seminar, then dive into discussion of Andelman & Fagan. It is not required
if you are too busy, but would be a good one to at least skim.
1. In the most beneficial
cases (urban or agricultural landscapes) are golf courses something that
can be introduced economically? How viable of a tool is it for
2. Is biodiversity alone a
good measure of ecosystem health, or does increased biodiversity in some
cases indicate increased invasion by non-natives, or quantity over quality
3. Do possible environmentally detrimental practices in the golf course/turf
grass industry outweigh benefits outlined in these papers?
We suggest people read Brush first and then Groffman and think about
how the two papers relate. We would be interested to know what people
think is actually useful information that could inform urban or
watershed planning/landscaping/horticulture decisions they might make
in their future work, and what they think is incorrect, highly flawed,
or not so useful.
We've stuck to the advice of our peers and picked a paper that
accommodates a room full of people who've just indulged at a holiday
Our paper, the Decennial Monitoring Report of Portland's No-Ivy League,
is attached. As the title implies, it is the result of ten years of
monitoring data on the effectiveness of invasive removal techniques in
Forest Park. It brings up a lot of issues--from urban ecological
restoration to community stewardship to citizen science. We'll be
talking about all of them!
It's a long report, so we are asking the group to read the
"Executive Summary," the "Abstract," the "Introduction," and the
"Protocols & Methods" sections. This is up to page 11 in the
document. We certainly encourage reading the whole document, but
it is finals week, and the sections we've chosen give us enough to talk about.