The influx of non-native species into native ecosystems is one of the principle threats to biodiversity worldwide. Our research explores the influence of trade and commerce on the rate at which non-native species establish. Using Management models and data synthesis methods, we explore the establishment and impact of invasive species.
trade in live animals has increased dramatically over the past several decades. Today Thousands of species of Fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians are sold as live food or as pets. Several of these species are exploited to the extent that they are threatened with extinction. Other species find their way into non-native habitats and become invasive. We explore the socio-ecological dynamics of this trade in an effort to prevent extinction and invasion.