Contributors. Foreword. Preface. 1. Biotic Homegenization: A Sequential and Selective Process; M.L. Mckinney, J.L. Lockwood. 2. Biotic Homogenization: Lessons from the Past; K. Roy, J.S. Kauffman. 3. Birds and Butterflies Along Urban Gradients in Two Ecoregions of the United States: Is Urbanization Creating a Homogeneous Fauna? R.B. Blair. 4. Rarity and Phylogeny in Birds; T.J. Webb, M. Kershaw, K.J. Gaston. 5. Hybridization Between Native and Alien Plants and its Consequences; C.C. Daehler, D.A. Carino. 6. Taxonomic Selectivity in Surviving Introduced Insects in the United States; D.P. Vázquez, D. Simberloff. 7. Are Unsuccessful Avian Invaders Rarer in Their Native Range than Successful Invaders? T. Brooks. 8. A Geographical Perspective on the Biotic Homogenization Process: Implications from the Macroecology of North American Birds; B.A. Maurer, E.T. Linder, D. Gammon. 9. Global Warming, Temperature Homogenization and Species Extinction; J.L. Green, J. Harte, A. Ostling. 10. The History and Ecological Basis of Extinction and Speciation in Birds; P.M. Bennett, I.P.F. Owens, J.E.M. Bailie. 11. Downsizing Nature: Anthropogenic Dwarfing of Species and Ecosystems; M.V. Lomolino, R. Channell, D.R. Perault, G.A. Smith. 12. Spatial Homogenization of the Aquatic Fauna of Tennessee: Extinction and Invasion Following Land Use Change and Habitat Alteration; J.R. Duncan, J.L. Lockwood. 13. Homogenization of California's Fish Fauna Through Abiotic Change; M.P. Marchetti, T. Light, J. Feliciano, T. Armstrong, Z. Hogan, J. Viers, P.B. Moyle. Index.
Biological homogenization is the dominant process shaping the future global biosphere. As global transportation becomes faster and more frequent, it is inevitable that biotic intermixing will increase. Unique local biotas will become extinct only to be replaced by already widespread biotas that can tolerate human activities. This process is affecting all aspects of our world: language, economies, and ecosystems alike. The ultimate outcome is the loss of uniqueness and the growth of uniformity. In this way, fast food restaurants exist in Moscow and Java Sparrows breed on Hawaii.
Biological homogenization qualifies as a global environmental catastrophe. The Earth has never witnessed such a broad and complete reorganization of species distributions.
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