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Tamarix: A Case Study of Ecological Change in the American West

Anna Sher and Martin F. Quigley


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 2000s when widespread drought in the West corresponded to assertions that the introduced tree used as much water as whole cities. This book contains twenty-four chapters 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.” The chapters reflect the c ... More

Keywords: tamarisk, saltcedar, ecosystems, biological control agent, biology, ecology, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199898206
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199898206.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Sher, editor
Professor of Biology, University of Denver

Martin F. Quigley, editor
Professor of Botany, University of Denver

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Part I Biology and Range

2 Genetics of Tamarix

John F. Gaskin

3 Measuring Extent and Projections of Tamarix Distribution in North America

Catherine S. Jarnevich, Paul Evangelista, and Jim Graham

5 Tamarisk

Pamela L. Nagler and Edward P. Glenn

6 Water Use by Tamarix

James R. Cleverly

7 Tamarix, Hydrology, and Fluvial Geomorphology

Daniel A. Auerbach, David M. Merritt, and Patrick B. Shafroth

8 Tamarix and Salinity

Michelle K. Ohrtman and Ken D. Lair

Part II Ecology

9 Tamarix from Organism to Landscape

Kevin Hultine and Tom Dudley

10 Tamarix as Wildlife Habitat

Heather L. Bateman, Eben H. Paxton, and William S. Longland

11 Tamarisk in Riparian Woodlands

Mark K. Sogge, Eben H. Paxton, and Charles van Riper III

12 Tamarix as Invertebrate Habitat

Stephanie Strudley and Peter Dalin

13 Tamarix and Soil Ecology

Kelley A. Meinhardt and Catherine A. Gehring

15 Tamarix

Tyler D. Johnson

Part III The Human Element

Part IV Management

20 Tamarisk Management

Cameron H. Douglass, Scott J. Nissen, and Charles R. Hart

22 Bring on the Beetles!

Dan Bean, Tom Dudley, and Kevin Hultine

23 Riparian Restoration in the Context of Tamarix Control

Patrick B. Shafroth, David M. Merritt, Mark K. Briggs, Vanessa B. Beauchamp, Kenneth D. Lair, Michael L. Scott and Anna Sher