Ecological effects of beaver engineering Minisymposium

Beaver Minisymposium aims to present recent and ongoing research on the ecological effects of beaver engineering. This research has been conducted in Evo in South Finland, as well as in Great Britain where beavers recently have been introduced. It is intended for all those interested in wetland ecology and restoration.

Beavers are well known as ecosystem engineers that greatly affect the environment they live in by damming streams and felling trees, and this activity has been known to increase biodiversity of invertibrates. In this project researchers are examining the effect of beaver habitat on the mammalian community. 

Join the Minisymposium at Lammi biological station 8.3.2023.

Registration: by Feb 20th.

When registering, please specify if:

  • You will be present on-site or online,
  • You wish to eat at the cafeteria for 1) lunch and/or 2) diner,
  • You have a special diet.


PROGRAM 8.3.2023

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Petri Nummi / Opening words: Beaver come back

11.20 Clarisse Blanchet / Beaver, forestry, and brownification

11.40 Stella Thompson / Beaver and insect diversity

12-13 Lunch

13.00 Alan Law / Beaver, Connectivity & biodiversity

13.20 Eszter Megyeri / Beaver and pied flycatcher breeding success

13.40 Janne Sundell / Beaver as a mammal facilitator

14.00 Coffee

14.30 Callum Dunleavy ja Patrick Cook / How to rewild a landscape – terrestrial and freshwater perspectives              

14.50 Lori Lawson Handley / The environmental DNA revolution in biodiversity monitoring: from detecting single species to describing whole communities and their interactions

15.10 Tom Spencer / Beaver and eDNA part. 2

15.30 Nigel Willby / Conclusion remarks

15.50 Posters and beer

Beaver research in the Evo area