An Assessment of Invasion Risk from Assisted Migration

Mueller, J.M. and J.J. Hellman

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To reduce the risk of extinction due to climate change, some ecologists have suggested human- aided translocation of species, or assisted migration (AM), to areas where climate is projected to become suitable. Such intentional movement, however, may create new invasive species if successful introductions grow out of control and cause ecologic or economic damage. We conclude that the risk of AM to create novel invasive species is small, but assisted species that do become invasive could have large effects. Past experience with species reintroductions may help inform policy regarding AM.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Conservation Biology