Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion

Finalist, National Book Awards 2005 for Nonfiction

Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion by Alan Burdick book cover, 2005
ISBN 9780374530433
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Out of Eden is Alan Burdick’s first book. He is a senior editor at Discover and his writing has appeared in publications that include The New York Times MagazineHarper’s, GQ, Natural History and Grand Street. He lives in New York City.

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Out of Eden offers a vivid introduction to a relatively new branch of science, “invasion ecology,” the study of how globalization brings alien species—from brown tree snakes to zebra mussels—into local ecosystems, often with disastrous results. Alan Burdick draws memorable portraits of the scientists, hunters, and activists struggling to address the economic, political, and biological implications of this “homogenization of the world.” Seamlessly weaving science journalism with lyrical meditation, he refuses to oversimplify his subject; instead, Burdick invites us to ponder the increasingly murky boundaries between native and alien, the human and the natural.