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Chester M Alter Arboretum

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

Tamarisk book and authors

Our very own Arboretum Director Dr. Martin Quigley and colleague Dr. Anna Sher have edited the first ever volume devoted to the ecology of the genus Tamarix: A Case Study of Ecological Change in the American West. The invasive species Tamarix first attracted the public eye in the 1990's when it was suspected of contributing to widespread drought and wildfires in the Western United States. Once purported to consume as much water as entire cities, very few plant species have received as much scientific, public, and political discussion and debate as Tamarix. Written by 44 of the field's most prominent scholars and scientists, this volume compiles 25 essays on this fascinating species--its biology, ecology, politics, management, and the ethical issues involved with designating a particular species as "good" or "bad". The book analyzes the controversy surrounding the Tamarisk's role in our ecosystems and what should be done about it.

Their book is available on Amazon and directly from Oxford University Press.