7,000 years of turnover: historical contingency and human niche construction shape the Caribbean’s Anthropocene biota
Kemp, Melissa; Mychajliw, Alexis; Wadman, Jenna; Goldberg, Amy (2020), 7,000 years of turnover: historical contingency and human niche construction shape the Caribbean’s Anthropocene biota, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.4tmpg4f6g
We compiled a database of terrestrial vertebrate species that were introduced to the Caribbean using existing paleontological, archaeological, and ecological literature. The databse records the species name, place of origin, and the location of the introduced populations (both the specific island and its place within the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, or Lesser Antilles). Due to ambiguity associated with the exact locality of origin, we used broad biogeographic realms (e.g., Neotropics). Where possible, we included the introduction date, number of times a species was introduced to a particular locality, reason for introduction, and whether an introduction was successful. We discuss three distinct periods that loosely correspond to different societies and economic structures: Indigenous societies, colonial societies, and modern societies, and identify relevant cultural and geographic groupings within these periods.
National Science Foundation, Award: DBI-1639145
National Science Foundation, Award: DBI-1523830
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Award: PE 19723