Regional Summaries: Hawaii and US-Affiliated Pacific Islands

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  • Authors: Cordell, Susan
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Publication Series: Book Chapter
  • Source: In: Poland, Therese M.; Patel-Weynand, Toral; Finch, Deborah M.; Ford Miniat, Chelcy; Hayes, Deborah C.; Lopez, Vanessa M., eds. Invasive Species in Forests and Rangelands of the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the United States Forest Sector. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer International Publishing: 343 - 351. Appendix.

Abstract

Hawaii and the US-affliated Pacifc Islands (see Figs. A2.1 and A2.2 for associated map) have high levels of endemic native biodiversity, largely as a function of varied ecosystems and isolation. For example, Hawaii is the most isolated archipelago on Earth where 90% of its 10,000 native species are endemic. This geographic area represents most major forest ecosystem types and includes thousands of oceanic islands, elevational clines from coastal to alpine in temperate and tropical ecosystems, species and communities that occur nowhere else in the world, the tallest mountains on Earth, and a broad range of governments and cultures.

  • Citation: Cordell, Susan. 2021. Regional Summaries: Hawaii and US-Affiliated Pacific Islands. 2021. In: Poland, Therese M.; Patel-Weynand, Toral; Finch, Deborah M.; Ford Miniat, Chelcy; Hayes, Deborah C.; Lopez, Vanessa M., eds. Invasive Species in Forests and Rangelands of the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the United States Forest Sector. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer International Publishing: 343 - 351. Appendix.
  • Posted Date: February 5, 2021
  • Modified Date: February 22, 2021
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