Bibliography

Manual

Campbell-Palmer, R., Gow, D., Campbell, R., Dickinson, H., Girling, S., Gurnell, J., Halley, D., Jones, S., Lisle, S., Parker, H., Schwab, G. & Rosell, F. (2016). The Eurasian Beaver Handbook: Ecology and Management of Castor fiber. Exeter: Pelagic Publishing, UK.

Book of Abstracts

  • 6th International Beaver Symposium (2012), held in Ivanic-Grad Croatia from 17-20 September 2012 (pdf).

Books

  • Busher, P. & Dzieciolowski, R. (1999) Beaver Protection, Management, and Utilisation in Europe and North America. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
  • Coles, B. (2006) Beavers in Britain’s Past. Oxbow Books, Oxford, UK.
  • Kitchener, A. & Pollitt, R.(2001) Beavers. Whittet Books Ltd.
  • Morgan, L, (1986) The American beaver: A classic of Natural History and Ecology. Dover Publications, New York.
  • Müller-Schwarze, D. (2011) The Beaver: Its Life and Impact (2nd Edit.). Cornell University press.
  • Müller-Schwarze, D. & Sun, L. (2003) The Beaver: Natural History of a Wetlands Engineer. Cornell University Press.
  • Sjoberg, G. & Ball, J. (2011) Restoring the European Beaver: 50 Years of Experience Pensoft Publishers.
  • Yalden, D., (1999) The Histroy of British Mammals. T. & A.D. Poysner Ltd., London.

Bibliography 1994

  • Olson, R., Hubert, W. & Brown, D. (1994) Beaver Ecology and Management In North America: A Bibliography Of Prominent Literature. University of Wyoming, Laramie.

Articles and Reports

2018

  • Bakker, E. S. & Svenning, J.-C. (2018) Trophic rewilding: impact on ecosystems under global change. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 373(1761).

Introduction: Human-induced global change is increasingly affecting life on our planet, including living conditions for humans themselves as well as the resources we depend on. As a result, species diversity is strongly declining.  The Living Planet Index shows a 58% global decline in populations of amphibians, fish, reptiles, mammals and birds between 1970 and 2012, varying from 36 to 38% in terrestrial and marine ecosystems to 81% in freshwater habitat. Habitat loss or degradation and overexploitation are the main causes of these steep declines. Since the worldwide expansion of modern humans (Homo sapiens) began, humans have overexploited vertebrates, with a bias to the largest animals being extirpated first, from the Late Pleistocene extinctions of terrestrial megafauna to the ongoing declines of terrestrial, marine and freshwater large-bodied animals. There is increasing evidence that this global wildlife loss, or defaunation, does not only imply the loss of charismatic animals but also the functions they have in ecosystems. To restore these missing functions, a novel ecological restoration technique has emerged, referred to as rewilding. Rewilding aims to restore natural processes in ecosystems in general, and often focuses on re-introduction of missing large wildlife species or, in case these went extinct, their proxies. Rewilding is increasingly implemented in practice globally, with a strong emphasis on Europe and the re-introduction of large herbivores.

  • Dauwalter DC, Walrath JD. (2018) Beaver dams, streamflow complexity, and the distribution of a rare minnow, Lepidomeda copei. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 27(2):606-16.

Abstract: Freshwater fishes are threatened globally, and often too little is known about threatened species to effectively guide their conservation. Habitat complexity is linked to fish species diversity and persistence, and degraded streams often lack habitat complexity. Beaver Castor spp., in turn, have been used to restore streams and increase habitat complexity. The northern leatherside chub Lepidomeda copei is a rare, small-bodied, drift-feeding minnow that has anecdotally been observed to use complex habitats associated with beaver dams in the western United States. To investigate this anecdote, we conducted fish and habitat surveys, the latter focusing on quantifying habitat complexity, in a sub-basin of the Upper Snake River Basin in the USA. Complementary generalised linear model and path analyses revealed that northern leatherside chub occurred more often at sites with complex streamflows, and streamflows were more complex when beaver dams were present and pools were deeper. Northern leatherside chubs were also more likely to occur when temperatures were warmer, aquatic macrophytes were abundant and stream channels were narrow and deep. The linkage between chubs, complex streamflows and beaver dams needs to be evaluated more broadly to completely understand its role in the rangewide status of the species. However, it does suggests that increased use of beaver reintroductions and dam analogues for stream restoration could be a boon for the northern leatherside chub, but such efforts should be monitored to determine their effectiveness to help adapt beaver-based restoration approaches to best benefit the species.

  • Dittbrenner, B. J., Pollock, M. M., Schilling, J. W., Olden, J. D., Lawler, J. J. & Torgersen, C. E. (2018) Modeling intrinsic potential for beaver (Castor canadensis) habitat to inform restoration and climate change adaptation. PloS one 13(2): e0192538.

Through their dam-building activities and subsequent water storage, beaver have the potential to restore riparian ecosystems and offset some of the predicted effects of climate change by modulating streamflow. Thus, it is not surprising that reintroducing beaver to watersheds from which they have been extirpated is an often-used restoration and climate-adaptation strategy. Identifying sites for reintroduction, however, requires detailed information about habitat factors—information that is not often available at broad spatial scales. Here we explore the potential for beaver relocation throughout the Snohomish River Basin in Washington, USA with a model that identifies some of the basic building blocks of beaver habitat suitability and does so by relying solely on remotely sensed data. More specifically, we developed a generalized intrinsic potential model that draws on remotely sensed measures of stream gradient, stream width, and valley width to identify where beaver could become established if suitable vegetation were to be present. Thus, the model serves as a preliminary screening tool that can be applied over relatively large extents. We applied the model to 5,019 stream km and assessed the ability of the model to correctly predict beaver habitat by surveying for beavers in 352 stream reaches. To further assess the potential for relocation, we assessed land ownership, use, and land cover in the landscape surrounding stream reaches with varying levels of intrinsic potential. Model results showed that 33% of streams had moderate or high intrinsic potential for beaver habitat. We found that no site that was classified as having low intrinsic potential had any sign of beavers and that beaver were absent from nearly three quarters of potentially suitable sites, indicating that there are factors preventing the local population from occupying these areas. Of the riparian areas around streams with high intrinsic potential for beaver, 38% are on public lands and 17% are on large tracts of privately-owned timber land. Thus, although there are a large number of areas that could be suitable for relocation and restoration using beavers, current land use patterns may substantially limit feasibility in these areas.

  • Erich, C. P., Serena, D. & Leonard, S. (2018) Responses of macroinvertebrate communities to small dam removals: Implications for bioassessment and restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology 55(4): 1896-1907.

Abstract Small dam removals are increasing on a global scale; yet, general predictions of organism response to dam removal are constrained by heterogeneity of study designs, implementation strategies, geographies, and characteristics of dams and their removals. Macroinvertebrate data extracted from 29 studies including 34 small dam removals over a broad geographical range were re‐analysed utilizing dam removal effect sizes (a quantified change from before to after removal). Effect sizes of 10 metrics of community structure were calculated to investigate the spatiotemporal extent of small dam removal effects and if responses differ with characteristics of the dam and environmental settings. We found that dam removal had initial negative effects on total macroinvertebrate density and Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera (EPT) density, both downstream and upstream; however, recovery to pre‐removal values was reached and exceeded after c. 15–20 months. Mean annual discharge, land use in the catchment and distance from the dam affected the magnitude and direction of responses of four community metrics: total density, EPT density, %EPT density and family biotic index. Synthesis and applications. Our study provides evidence that macroinvertebrate community recovery from dam removal is mediated by catchment characteristics and system size, which may correlate with sediment flushing efficiency. Negative impacts were observed in smaller systems or those with a high percentage of undisturbed catchment areas, conditions that may benefit from sediment management prior to dam removal. Significant responses in reaches upstream of the impoundment clearly indicate that caution be applied to interpretations of response in sampling designs that utilize upstream sites for reference condition.

  • Gable, T. D. & Windels, S. K. (2018) Kill rates and predation rates of wolves on beavers. The Journal of Wildlife Management 82(2): 466-472.

Abstract: Wolves (Canis lupus) can be primary predators of beavers (Castor canadensis), but little is known about wolf-beaver dynamics. We identified kills from 1 wolf (V009) of the Ash River Pack in Voyageurs National Park from 1 April to 5 November 2015 to provide direct estimates of wolf pack kill and predation rates of beavers. We documented 12 beaver kills by V009 during the 2015 ice-free season and estimated V009 killed 22 beavers during this period. Based on the number of beavers killed by V009, we estimated the Ash River Pack removed 80–88 beavers (kill rate of 0.085–0.095 beavers/wolf/day), which was 38–42% of the beaver population in their home range during the ice-free season. Even with this substantial level of predation in 2015, the beaver population in the Ash River Pack home range increased by an estimated 43% in 2016, which suggested dispersal from more densely populated adjacent areas likely compensated for the effects of wolf predation. We have presented the first direct estimate of wolf kill and predation rates on beavers, but more research is necessary to understand how wolf predation affects beaver populations under a variety of conditions. Published 2017. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.

  • Gable, T.D., Windels, S.K., Romanski, M.C. & Rosell, F. (2018) The forgotten prey of an iconic predator: a review of interactions between grey wolves Canis lupus and beavers Castor spp. Mammal Review 2018. 48(2): 123-138.

Abstract

* Predator–prey relationships can have wide-ranging ecological and landscape-level effects. Knowledge of these relationships is therefore crucial to understanding how these systems function and how changes in predator–prey communities affect these systems. Grey wolves Canis lupus can be significant predators of beavers Castor spp., and conversely, beavers can be important prey for wolves, but wolf-beaver dynamics in North America, Europe, and Asia are poorly understood.

* Our objectives were to synthesise current knowledge regarding wolf-beaver interactions and to identify knowledge gaps that should be targeted for study to increase our understanding of wolf-beaver dynamics.

* During the ice-free season, beavers are vulnerable to predation and can be the primary or secondary prey of wolves, but the factors that affect beaver consumption by wolves are complex and are likely dependent on biological and environmental factors.

* High beaver abundance can increase wolf pup survival, and beavers may subsidise wolves during periods of reduced ungulate abundance. Thus, many researchers have suggested that beaver densities adversely affect ungulate populations through apparent competition, though this remains largely untested.

* The effects of wolf predation on beaver population dynamics are poorly understood, as most assessments are lacking in quantitative rigor and are instead based on indirect methods (e.g. scat analysis), anecdotal evidence, or speculation. To understand the effect of predation on beaver populations fully, better estimates (e.g. from documented predation events) of wolf predation on beavers are necessary.

* Given the complexities of wolf-ungulate-beaver systems, fully understanding wolf-beaver dynamics will be challenging and is likely to require long-term, intensive research of wolf, ungulate, and beaver population parameters. Understanding this dynamic has implications, not only for the conservation and management of wolves and beavers, but also for ungulate populations, which are affected by the numerical and functional responses of wolves in these same systems.

  • Gaywood, M. J. (2018) Reintroducing the Eurasian beaver Castor fiber to Scotland. Mammal Review 48(1): 48-61.

Abstract:

* In November 2016, the Scottish Government announced that they were minded to allow the two ‘trial’ reintroduced populations of Eurasian beaver Castor fiber to remain in Scotland and be allowed to expand naturally, and that the species will receive legal protection. This was a historic moment: the first formally approved reintroduction of a mammal species anywhere in the United Kingdom.

* The issues surrounding beaver reintroduction to Scotland had been the subject of intense investigation and public debate over the previous 21 years. Extensive multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work was performed to assess the desirability and feasibility of reintroducing the Eurasian beaver and informed the government’s decision. This was one of the most detailed assessments carried out for any species reintroduction proposal.

* The work was broadly divided into desk-based and stand-alone studies based primarily on the European and North American experience of living with beavers, the scientifically monitored Scottish Beaver Trial reintroduction in west Scotland, a study of beavers resulting from unauthorised releases in an east Scotland catchment and the work of a specialist group that examined beaver–salmonid interactions and issues.

* It was confirmed that beavers have a very positive influence on biodiversity overall, although some specific species and habitats of high conservation importance can be adversely affected if appropriate management is not in place. Beavers provide a range of ecosystem services with the potential for socio-economic benefits. However, beavers’ activities may affect some land uses, the extent and significance depending on local conditions. Management techniques are well developed, although some will require refinement and appropriate licensing within a Scottish regulatory regime. A strategic approach to developing management throughout Scotland will need to be progressed in partnership with key stakeholders.

  • Herdrich, A. T., Winkelman, D. L., Venarsky, M. P., Walters, D. M. & Wohl, E. (2018) The loss of large wood affects rocky mountain trout populations. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 27(4): 1023-1036.

Abstract: Western U.S. rivers are currently influenced by legacy effects of reduced large wood (LW) loading and retention that has substantially reduced in-stream habitat complexity. Large wood is typically associated with streams in undisturbed old-growth forest and in the correct geomorphic context can drastically alter stream and valley habitat complexity. Streams with LW are typically multichannel and depositional, while streams lacking LW, due to relatively recent wildfire or logging (<200 years ago), are usually single channelled and erosional. We compared population biomass and individual growth rates of Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis in streams across a gradient of wood volumes. At both the square metre and valley length scales, standing stock biomass of aquatic invertebrates was the best predictor of trout biomass. However, at the valley scale, the number of pools was important in predicting trout biomass in combination with standing stock biomass of aquatic invertebrates. Individual growth rates of age-1 Brook Trout were negatively affected by increasing density; however, growth rates for the largest and smallest individuals at each site were unaffected by density. Our results suggest the pool habitat created by LW acts synergistically with prey availability to dramatically increase trout populations. However, in streams lacking LW, negative effects of detrimental land use practices have persisted >100 years, suggesting that recovering lost animal production in mountain stream networks will only occur at decadal to century time scales.

  • Hohwieler, K., Rosell, F. & Mayer, M. (2018) Scent-marking behavior by subordinate Eurasian beavers. Ethology 

Abstract: Chemical communication by scent-marking is widespread among mammals and can serve different purposes, such as territory demarcation, mate attraction and self-advertisement. In this study, we examined scent-marking behavior by subordinate Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber) in a population in southeast Norway. We conducted scent experiments in 18 family groups, simulating a territory intruder using experimental scent mounds (ESM). In total, we recorded 196 territorial reactions (destroying and/or overmarking of scent mounds). Subordinates contributed 14% of all territorial reactions and first overmarked 12% of the ESM, and the number of subordinates in the family group did not increase the total number of territorial reactions. This suggests that the contribution by subordinates plays a minor role in territorial defense. The number of territorial reactions by subordinates was positively related to the age of their parents, suggesting that subordinates might take over territorial duties with increasing parental senescence, likely because they have increased chances of inheriting the territory. Increased experience in territorial activities possibly helps subordinates to successfully gain and defend a territory of their own.

Jepson, P., Schepers, F. & Helmer, W. (2018) Governing with nature: a European perspective on putting rewilding principles into practice. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 373(1761).

Abstract: Academic interest in rewilding is moving from commentary to discussion on future research agendas. The quality of rewilding research design will be enhanced if it is informed by knowledge of the rewilding practice. Here, we describe the conceptual origins and six case study examples of a mode of rewilding that emerged in the Dutch Delta and is being promoted and supported by Rewilding Europe, an umbrella organization established in 2011. The case experiences presented help position this version of rewilding in relation to the US 3C&#039;s version and point towards a rewilding action philosophy characterized by pragmatic realism and pioneer projects around which multiactor networks interested in policy innovation and change form. We argue that scaling-up the models of rewilding presented is constrained by institutional cultures and will require innovations in conservation finance and business models. Nonetheless, we suggest that the expanding European Rewilding Network and associated facilities, such as the European Wildlife Bank, represent a valuable asset for natural science research, aimed at exploring the ecological impacts of grazing and the relationship between role of restored herbivore guilds and biotical expansion, and for social science research investigating concepts such as non-human agency and autonomy. Lastly, we ask applied scientists to view rewilding as an uncertain and unfolding conservation approach and to refrain from seeking to specify it as a management approach supporting the delivery of pre-determined targets and/or ideals. This is because such actions may constrain the transformative potential of rewilding practice.This article is part of the theme issue ‘Trophic rewilding: consequences for ecosystems under global change’.

  • Mourant, A., Lecomte, N. & Moreau, G. (2018) Indirect effects of an ecosystem engineer: how the Canadian beaver can drive the reproduction of saproxylic beetles. Journal of Zoology 304(2): 90-97.

Environmental rearrangements by ecosystem engineers influence food-web characteristics by altering resource accessibility/availability in the newly created habitat. However, the paucity of empirical studies on this indirect interaction has hindered the integration of ecosystem engineering and food-web theory. Here, we investigated the effect of the Canadian beaver Castor canadensis on the activity, realized fecundity and ecosystem functions provided by saproxylic beetles by quantifying beetle emergence holes on woody debris within the Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick, Canada. We tested the hypothesis that perturbation induced by beaver activity enhances the activity and realized fecundity of saproxylic beetles by modifying their habitat and resource accessibility. We used 16 sites identified as beaver modified, each paired with a control site <500 m away. At each site, we quantified insect emergence holes on snags at increasing distances from the watercourse. Our results suggest that engineered habitat patches enhance the activity and reproduction of saproxylic beetle species, small emergence holes from Scolytinae being only observed in abundance on small trees located close to the watercourse and large emergence holes from Cerambycidae being one third more abundant throughout beaver-modified sites. The complementary relationship between the Canadian beaver and saproxylic beetles demonstrates the potential for conservation measures encapsulating all of these organisms.

  • Mumma, M.A., Gillingham, M.P., Johnson, C.J. & Parker, K.L. (2018) Where beavers (Castor canadensis) build: testing the influence of habitat quality, predation risk, and anthropogenic disturbance on colony occurrence. Canadian Journal of Zoology

Abstract: Species distributions are shaped by numerous factors that vary in importance across spatiotemporal scale. Understanding drivers of the distribution of North American beaver (Castor canadensis Kuhl, 1820) is paramount given their profound influence on ecological communities. Our objectives were to evaluate the influence of habitat quality, risk of gray wolf (Canis lupus Linnaeus, 1758) predation, and anthropogenic disturbance on the occurrence of beaver colonies in northeast British Columbia (BC), Canada. We used mixed-effects multinomial logistic regression to model the occurrence of active and inactive colonies, and t-tests to compare landscape covariates associated with active versus inactive colonies. We determined that occurrence of beavers was driven by habitat quality. Occurrence increased in areas with higher vegetation-class richness and greater proportions of open water, nutrient-rich fen, and deciduous swamp. We also observed that active colonies were surrounded by greater amounts of deciduous swamps relative to inactive colonies. We found no evidence that predation risk or industrial activities decreased the occurrence of beavers in northeast BC; although, numerical changes in abundance might occur without changes in distribution. This research illuminated drivers of beaver distribution, while providing a means to predict the occurrence of a keystone species in the boreal ecosystem.

  • Nummi, P., Suontakanen , E.-M., Holopainen, S. & Väänänen, V.-M. (2018) The effect of beaver facilitation on Common Teal: pairs and broods respond differently at the patch and landscape scales. Ibis

Avian species respond to ecological variability at a range of spatial scales and according to life history stage. Beaver dams create wetland systems for waterbirds that are utilized throughout different stages of the breeding season. We studied how beaver-induced variability affected mobile pairs and more sedentary broods along with the production of Common Teal Anas crecca at the patch and landscape scale on their breeding grounds. Beavers Castor spp. are ecosystem engineers that enhance waterfowl habitats by impeding water flow and creating temporary flooding. Two landscapes in southern Finland with (Evo) and without (Nuuksio) American Beavers Castor canadensis were used in this study. To investigate the patch-scale effect, pair and brood densities along with brood production were first compared at beaver-occupied lakes and non-beaver lakes in the beaver landscape. Annual pair and brood densities/km shoreline and brood production were compared between beaver and non-beaver landscapes. Facilitative effects of beaver activity were manifest on brood density at both patch and landscape scales: these were over 90% and 60% higher in beaver patches and landscapes, respectively. An effect of beaver presence on pair density was only seen at the landscape level. Pair density did not strongly affect brood production, as shown earlier for relatively mildly density-dependent Teal populations. Because the extent of beaver flooding was a crucial factor affecting annual Teal production in the study area, we infer beaver activity has consequences for the local Teal population. Ecosystem engineering by the beaver could therefore be considered a restoration tool in areas where waterfowl are in need of high-quality habitats.

  • Nummi, P., Vehkaoja, M., Pumpanen, J. & Ojala, A. (2018) Beavers affect carbon biogeochemistry: both short-term and long-term processes are involved. Mammal Review 48(4): 298-311.

Abstract With the recent population increase in beavers (Castor spp.), a considerable amount of new riparian habitat has been created in the Holarctic. We evaluated how beaver-induced floods affect carbon (C) dynamics in the beaver ponds and in the water-atmosphere and riparian zone interfaces. Beaver disturbance affects soil organic C storage by decreasing or increasing it, resulting in a redistribution of C. Upon flooding, the concentration of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) increases in the water. This C can be released into the atmosphere, it can settle down to the bottom sediments, it can be sequestered by vegetation, or it can be transported downstream. The carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions vary between 0.14 and 11.2 g CO2 m−2 day−1, averaging 4.9 CO2 g m−2 day−1. The methane (CH4) emissions vary too, from 27 mg m−2 day−1 to 919 mg m−2 day−1, averaging 222 mg CH4 m−2 day−1. Globally, C emission from beaver ponds in the form of CH4 and CO2 may be 3.33–4.62 Tg (teragram, 1012 g) year−1. The yearly short-term sedimentation rates in beaver ponds vary between 0.4 and 47 cm year−1, and individual ponds contain 9–6355 m3 of sediment. The approximate global estimate for yearly C sedimentation is 3.8 Tg C; beaver ponds globally contain 380 Tg sedimented C. After being formed, beaver pond deposits can remain for millennia. Both C sequestration and CO2 and CH4 emissions in ponds of various ages should be taken into account when considering the net effect of beavers on the C dynamics. With present estimates, beaver ponds globally range from a sink (−0.47 Tg year−1) to a source (0.82 Tg year−1) of C. More research is needed with continuous flux measurements and from ponds of different ages. Likewise, there is a need for more studies in Eurasia to understand the effect of beaver on C biogeochemistry.

  • Puttock, A., Graham, H. A., Carless, D. & Brazier, R. E. (2018) Sediment and Nutrient Storage in a Beaver Engineered Wetland. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

Abstract Beavers, primarily through the building of dams, can deliver significant geomorphic modifications and result in changes to nutrient and sediment fluxes. Research is required to understand the implications and possible benefits of widespread beaver reintroduction across Europe. This study surveyed sediment depth, extent and carbon/nitrogen content in a sequence of beaver pond and dam structures in South West England, where a pair of Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber) were introduced to a controlled 1.8 ha site in 2011. Results showed that the 13 beaver ponds, subsequently created, hold a total of 101.53 ± 16.24 t of sediment, equating to a normalised average of 71.40 ± 39.65 kg m2. The ponds also hold 15.90 ± 2.50 t of carbon and 0.91 ± 0.15 t of nitrogen within the accumulated pond sediment. The size of beaver pond appeared to be the main control over sediment storage, with larger ponds holding a greater mass of sediment per unit area. Furthermore, position within the site appeared to play a role with the upper‐middle ponds, nearest to the intensively‐farmed headwaters of the catchment, holding a greater amount of sediment. Carbon and nitrogen concentrations in ponds showed no clear trends, but were significantly higher than in stream bed sediment upstream of the site. We estimate that >70 % of sediment in the ponds is sourced from the intensively managed grassland catchment upstream, with the remainder from in‐situ redistribution by beaver activity. Whilst further research is required into the long term storage and nutrient cycling within beaver ponds, results indicate that beaver ponds may help to mitigate the negative offsite impacts of accelerated soil erosion and diffuse pollution from agriculturally dominated landscapes such as the intensively managed grassland in this study.

  • Tape, K. D., Jones, B. M., Arp, C. D., Nitze, I. & Grosse, G. (2018) Tundra be dammed: Beaver colonization of the Arctic. Global Change Biology

Abstract Increasing air temperatures are changing the arctic tundra biome. Permafrost is thawing, snow duration is decreasing, shrub vegetation is proliferating, and boreal wildlife is encroaching. Here we present evidence of the recent range expansion of North American beaver (Castor canadensis) into the Arctic, and consider how this ecosystem engineer might reshape the landscape, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes. We developed a remote sensing approach that maps formation and disappearance of ponds associated with beaver activity. Since 1999, 56 new beaver pond complexes were identified, indicating that beavers are colonizing a predominantly tundra region (18,293 km2) of northwest Alaska. It is unclear how improved tundra stream habitat, population rebound following over‐trapping for furs, or other factors are contributing to beaver range expansion. We discuss rates and likely routes of tundra beaver colonization, as well as effects on permafrost, stream ice regimes, and freshwater and riparian habitat. Beaver ponds and associated hydrologic changes are thawing permafrost. Pond formation increases winter water temperatures in the pond and downstream, likely creating new and more varied aquatic habitat, but specific biological implications are unknown. Beavers create dynamic wetlands and are agents of disturbance that may enhance ecosystem responses to warming in the Arctic.

  • Torres, A., Fernández, N., zu Ermgassen, S., Helmer, W., Revilla, E., Saavedra, D., Perino, A., Mimet, A., Rey-Benayas, J. M., Selva, N., Schepers, F., Svenning, J.-C. & Pereira, H. M. (2018) Measuring rewilding progress. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 373(1761).

Abstract: Rewilding is emerging as a promising restoration strategy to enhance the conservation status of biodiversity and promote self-regulating ecosystems while re-engaging people with nature. Overcoming the challenges in monitoring and reporting rewilding projects would improve its practical implementation and maximize its conservation and restoration outcomes. Here, we present a novel approach for measuring and monitoring progress in rewilding that focuses on the ecological attributes of rewilding. We devised a bi-dimensional framework for assessing the recovery of processes and their natural dynamics through (i) decreasing human forcing on ecological processes and (ii) increasing ecological integrity of ecosystems. The rewilding assessment framework incorporates the reduction of material inputs and outputs associated with human management, as well as the restoration of natural stochasticity and disturbance regimes, landscape connectivity and trophic complexity. Furthermore, we provide a list of potential activities for increasing the ecological integrity after reviewing the evidence for the effectiveness of common restoration actions. For illustration purposes, we apply the framework to three flagship restoration projects in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Argentina. This approach has the potential to broaden the scope of rewilding projects, facilitate sound decision-making and connect the science and practice of rewilding.This article is part of the theme issue ‘Trophic rewilding: consequences for ecosystems under global change’.

  • Willby, N. J., Law, A., Levanoni, O., Foster, G. & Ecke, F. (2018) Rewilding wetlands: beaver as agents of within-habitat heterogeneity and the responses of contrasting biota. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 373(1761).

Abstract: Ecosystem engineers can increase biodiversity by creating novel habitat supporting species that would otherwise be absent. Their more routine activities further influence the biota occupying engineered habitats. Beavers are well-known for transforming ecosystems through dam building and are therefore increasingly being used for habitat restoration, adaptation to climate extremes and in long-term rewilding. Abandoned beaver ponds (BP) develop into meadows or forested wetlands that differ fundamentally from other terrestrial habitats and thus increase landscape diversity. Active BP, by contrast, are superficially similar to other non-engineered shallow wetlands, but ongoing use and maintenance might affect how BP contribute to aquatic biodiversity. We explored the ‘within-habitat’ effect of an ecosystem engineer by comparing active BP in southern Sweden with coexisting other wetlands (OW), using sedentary (plants) and mobile (water beetles) organisms as indicators. BP differed predictably from OW in environmental characteristics and were more heterogeneous. BP supported more plant species at plot (+15%) and site (+33%) scales, and plant beta diversity, based on turnover between plots, was 17% higher than in OW, contributing to a significantly larger species pool in BP (+17%). Beetles were not differentiated between BP and OW based on diversity measures but were 26% more abundant in BP. Independent of habitat creation beaver are thus significant agents of within-habitat heterogeneity that differentiates BP from other standing water habitat; as an integral component of the rewilding of wetlands re-establishing beaver should benefit aquatic biodiversity across multiple scales.This article is part of the theme issue ‘Trophic rewilding: consequences for ecosystems under global change’.

  • Zwolicki, A., Pudełko, R., Moskal, K., Świderska, J., Saath, S. & Weydmann, A. (2018) The importance of spatial scale in habitat selection by European beaver. Ecography

We evaluated habitat selection by European beaver (Castor fiber L.) across a spatial gradient from local (within the family territory) to a broad, ecoregional scale. Based on aerial photography, we assessed the habitat composition of 150 beaver territories along the main water bodies of the Vistula River delta (northern Poland) and compared these data with 183 randomly selected sites not occupied by the species. The beavers preferred habitats with high availability of woody plants, including shrubs, and avoided anthropogenically modified habitats, such as arable lands. Within a single family territory, we observed decreasing woody plant cover with increasing distance from a colony centre, which suggests that beaver habitat preferences depend on the assessment of both the abundance and spatial distribution of preferred habitat elements. We tested the importance of spatial scale in beaver habitat selection with principal coordinates of neighbour matrices analysis, which showed that the geographical scale explained 46.7% of the variation in habitat composition, while the local beaver density explained only 10.3% of this variability. We found two main spatial gradients that were related to the broad spatial scale: first, the most important gradient was related to the largest distances between beaver sites and was independent of woody plant cover and the local beaver site density. The second most important gradient appeared more locally and was associated with these variables. Our results indicate that European beaver habitat selection was affected by different scale-related phenomena related (1) to central place foraging behaviour, which resulted in the clumped distribution of woody plants within the territory, and (2) local population density and woody plant cover. Finally (3), habitat selection occurs independently across the largest spatial scale studied (e.g., between watersheds), which was probably due to the limited natal dispersal range of the animals.

2017

  • Brommer, J. E., Alakoski, R., Selonen, V. & Kauhala, K. (2017) Population dynamics of two beaver species in Finland inferred from citizen-science census data. Ecosphere 8(9): e01947.

Abstract: A species’ distribution and abundance in both space and time play a pivotal role in ecology and wildlife management. Collection of such large-scale information typically requires engagement of volunteer citizens and tends to consist of non-repeated surveys made with a survey effort varying over space and time. We here used a hierarchical single-census open population N-mixture model, which was recently developed to handle such challenging census data, to describe the dynamics in the Finnish population sizes of the reintroduced native Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) and the invasive North American beaver (Castor canadensis). The numbers of beaver winter lodges (i.e., family groups) were counted by volunteers in the municipalities of Finland every third year during 1995?2013. The dynamics of both species followed Gompertz logistic growth with immigration. Initial abundance of North American beavers increased with proximity to the introduction sites as well as with the amount of water in the municipality. The intensively hunted North American beaver population declined and the Eurasian beaver population increased during the study period. The model generated reasonable estimates of both total Finnish and local numbers of lodges, corrected for the incomplete detection. We conclude that the single-census N-mixture model approach has clear potential when using citizen-science data for understanding spatio-temporal dynamics of wild populations.

  • Devon Wildlife Trust. (2017). Beavers – Nature’s Water Engineers: A summary of initial findings from the Devon Beaver Projects. Retrieved from http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/sites/default/files/files/Beaver%20Project%20update%20(LowRes)%20.pdf.
  • Ecke, F., Levanoni, O., Audet, J., Carlson, P., Eklöf, K., Hartman, G., McKie, B., Ledesma, J., Segersten, J. & Truchy, A. (2017) Meta-analysis of environmental effects of beaver in relation to artificial dams. Environment Research Letters 12(11): 1-13.

Abstract: Globally, artificial river impoundment, nutrient enrichment and biodiversity loss impair freshwater ecosystem integrity. Concurrently, beavers, ecosystem engineers recognized for their ability to construct dams and create ponds, are colonizing sites across the Holarctic after widespread extirpation in the 19th century, including areas outside their historical range. This has the potential to profoundly alter hydrology, hydrochemistry and aquatic ecology in both newly colonized and recolonized areas. To further our knowledge of the effects of beaver dams on aquatic environments, we extracted 1366 effect sizes from 89 studies on the impoundment of streams and lakes. Effects were assessed for 16 factors related to hydrogeomorphology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem functioning and biodiversity. Beaver dams affected concentrations of organic carbon in water, mercury in water and biota, sediment conditions and hydrological properties. There were no overall adverse effects caused by beaver dams or ponds on salmonid fish. Age was an important determinant of effect magnitude. While young ponds were a source of phosphorus, there was a tendency for phosphorus retention in older systems. Young ponds were a source methylmercury in water, but old ponds were not. To provide additional context, we also evaluated similarities and differences between environmental effects of beaver-constructed and artificial dams (767 effect sizes from 75 studies). Both are comparable in terms of effects on, for example, biodiversity, but have contrasting effects on nutrient retention and mercury. These results are important for assessing the role of beavers in enhancing and/or degrading ecological integrity in changing Holarctic freshwater systems.

  • Law, A., Gaywood, M. J., Jones, K. C., Ramsay, P., & Willby, N. J. (2017). Using ecosystem engineers as tools in habitat restoration and rewilding: beaver and wetlands. Science of The Total Environment, 605-606 (Supplement C), 1021-1030. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.173

Abstract: Potential for habitat restoration is increasingly used as an argument for reintroducing ecosystem engineers. Beaver have well known effects on hydromorphology through dam construction, but their scope to restore wetland biodiversity in areas degraded by agriculture is largely inferred. Our study presents the first formal monitoring of a planned beaver-assisted restoration, focussing on changes in vegetation over 12years within an agriculturally-degraded fen following beaver release, based on repeated sampling of fixed plots. Effects are compared to ungrazed exclosures which allowed the wider influence of waterlogging to be separated from disturbance through tree felling and herbivory. After 12years of beaver presence mean plant species richness had increased on average by 46% per plot, whilst the cumulative number of species recorded increased on average by 148%. Heterogeneity, measured by dissimilarity of plot composition, increased on average by 71%. Plants associated with high moisture and light conditions increased significantly in coverage, whereas species indicative of high nitrogen decreased. Areas exposed to both grazing and waterlogging generally showed the most pronounced change in composition, with effects of grazing seemingly additive, but secondary, to those of waterlogging. Our study illustrates that a well-known ecosystem engineer, the beaver, can with time transform agricultural land into a comparatively species-rich and heterogeneous wetland environment, thus meeting common restoration objectives. This offers a passive but innovative solution to the problems of wetland habitat loss that complements the value of beavers for water or sediment storage and flow attenuation. The role of larger herbivores has been significantly overlooked in our understanding of freshwater ecosystem function; the use of such species may yet emerge as the missing ingredient in successful restoration.

  • Macfarlane, W. W., Wheaton, J. M., Bouwes, N., Jensen, M. L., Gilbert, J. T., Hough-Snee, N., & Shivik, J. A. (2017). Modeling the capacity of riverscapes to support beaver dams. Geomorphology, 277 (Supplement C), 72-99. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.11.019.

Abstract: The construction of beaver dams facilitates a suite of hydrologic, hydraulic, geomorphic, and ecological feedbacks that increase stream complexity and channel–floodplain connectivity that benefit aquatic and terrestrial biota. Depending on where beaver build dams within a drainage network, they impact lateral and longitudinal connectivity by introducing roughness elements that fundamentally change the timing, delivery, and storage of water, sediment, nutrients, and organic matter. While the local effects of beaver dams on streams are well understood, broader coverage network models that predict where beaver dams can be built and highlight their impacts on connectivity across diverse drainage networks are lacking. Here we present a capacity model to assess the limits of riverscapes to support dam-building activities by beaver across physiographically diverse landscapes. We estimated dam capacity with freely and nationally-available inputs to evaluate seven lines of evidence: (1) reliable water source, (2) riparian vegetation conducive to foraging and dam building, (3) vegetation within 100m of edge of stream to support expansion of dam complexes and maintain large colonies, (4) likelihood that channel-spanning dams could be built during low flows, (5) the likelihood that a beaver dam is likely to withstand typical floods, (6) a suitable stream gradient that is neither too low to limit dam density nor too high to preclude the building or persistence of dams, and (7) a suitable river that is not too large to restrict dam building or persistence. Fuzzy inference systems were used to combine these controlling factors in a framework that explicitly also accounts for model uncertainty. The model was run for 40,561km of streams in Utah, USA, and portions of surrounding states, predicting an overall network capacity of 356,294 dams at an average capacity of 8.8dams/km. We validated model performance using 2852 observed dams across 1947km of streams. The model showed excellent agreement with observed dam densities where beaver dams were present. Model performance was spatially coherent and logical, with electivity indices that effectively segregated capacity categories. That is, beaver dams were not found where the model predicted no dams could be supported, beaver avoided segments that were predicted to support rare or occasional densities, and beaver preferentially occupied and built dams in areas predicted to have pervasive dam densities. The resulting spatially explicit reach-scale (250m long reaches) data identifies where dam-building activity is sustainable, and at what densities dams can occur across a landscape. As such, model outputs can be used to determine where channel–floodplain and wetland connectivity are likely to persist or expand by promoting increases in beaver dam densities.

  • Mayer, M., Zedrosser, A., & Rosell, F. (2017) When to leave: the timing of natal dispersal in a large, monogamous rodent, the Eurasian beaver. Animal Behaviour, 123: 375-382. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.11.020.

Abstract: As dispersal is a dangerous part of an individual’s life, its timing is important to increase the chances of survival and successful establishment of a territory. We investigated factors affecting the timing of natal dispersal in the Eurasian beaver, Castor fiber, a territorial, monogamous, long-lived mammal, using data from an 18-year individual-based study (1998-2015). We tested hypotheses about the causes of dispersal onset, namely competitive ability, kin competition (sibling competition and offspring parent competition), population density and intolerance by an incoming, unrelated dominant individual. Only 9% of individuals remained philopatric and became dominant after both of their parents disappeared. Average age at dispersal was 3.5 years, with some individuals delaying dispersal up to age 7 years. Beavers dispersed more frequently with increasing age (i.e. with increasing competitive ability and possibly experience) and when population density was lower. Further, both females and males delayed dispersal with increasing same-sex parental age. Older parents were either more tolerant towards philopatric subordinates, or subordinates awaited the disappearance of their senescing parents to take over the natal territory. From comparisons with other populations, we conclude that the high population density in our area was possibly the ultimate driver of dispersal with individuals delaying dispersal to increase their competitive ability.

  • Parker, H., Zedrosser, A., & Rosell, F. (2017). Age-specific reproduction in relation to body size and condition in female Eurasian beavers. Journal of Zoology, 302(4), 236-243.

Abstract: Basic information on patterns and correlates of growth and reproduction are essential for understanding a species’ life history strategy. For the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber), knowledge of life history is fragmentary and correlates of growth and reproduction unstudied. We related measures of somatic fitness including growth rate, body size (length), body condition (fat) and body mass to measures of reproductive investment including fecundity (number of corpora lutea (CL) and fetuses), age-specific reproduction, age of primiparity and parturition date in 59 female beavers culled from mid-March to mid-May in south-east Norway. Increase in body length ceased after age three. Primiparity at ages two and three was related to body length and mass, but not fat. Postponed primiparity beyond age two was common. Fecundity was significantly higher in fatter individuals and showed a trend to increase with age. For females ≥age three, those pregnant were significantly fatter than barren individuals. Intermittent years of non-breeding were common among sexually mature females. The mean number of CL and fetuses alive at the females time of death among 32 pregnant individuals was 3.0 ± 0.9 (range 1–6) and 2.3 ± 0.9 (range 1–4) respectively. Females conceiving at the normal peak time in late January were significantly heavier than individuals that conceived 1–3 months later. Late breeders, however, had significantly more CL, possibly because the improved nutrient levels provided by early spring growth led to higher ovulation rates. Fat accumulated during summer and autumn prior to winter breeding appears to be an important determinant of reproduction in female beavers.

  • Puttock, A., Graham, H., Cunliffe, A., Elliott, M., & Brazier, R. (2017). Eurasian beaver activity increases water storage, attenuates flow and mitigates diffuse pollution from intensively-managed grasslands. Science of The Total Environment, 576, 430-443.

Abstract: Beavers are the archetypal keystone species, which can profoundly alter ecosystem structure and function through their
ecosystem engineering activity, most notably the building of dams. This can have a major impact upon water resource
management, flow regimes and water quality. Previous research has predominantly focused on the activities of North
American beaver (Castor canadensis) located in very different environments, to the intensive lowland agricultural landscapes
of the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe.

Two Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber) were introduced to a wooded site, situated on a first order tributary, draining from intensively managed grassland. The site was monitored to understand impacts upon water storage, flow regimes and water quality. Results indicated that beaver activity, primarily via the creation of 13 dams, has increased water storage within the site (holding ca. 1000 m3 in beaver ponds) and beavers were likely to have had a significant flow attenuation impact, as determined from peak discharges (mean 30 ± 19% reduction), total discharges (mean 34 ± 9% reduction) and peak rainfall to peak discharge lag times (mean 29 ± 21% increase) during storm events. Event monitoring of water entering and leaving the site showed lower concentrations of suspended sediment, nitrogen and phosphate leaving the site (e.g. for suspended sediment; average entering site: 112 ± 72 mg l− 1, average leaving site: 39 ± 37 mg l− 1). Combined with attenuated flows, this resulted in lower diffuse pollutant loads in water downstream. Conversely, dissolved organic carbon concentrations and loads downstream were higher. These observed changes are argued to be directly attributable to beaver activity at the site which has created a diverse wetland  environment, reducing downstream hydrological connectivity. Results have important implications for beaver reintroduction programs which may provide nature based solutions to the catchment-scale water resource management issues that are faced in agricultural landscapes.

  • Smeraldo, S., Di Febbraro, M., Ćirović, D., Bosso, L., Trbojević, I., & Russo, D. (2017). Species distribution models as a tool to predict range expansion after reintroduction: A case study on Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber). Journal for Nature Conservation, 37 (Supplement C), 12-20. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnc.2017.02.008

Abstract: Species Distribution Models (SDMs) may provide important information for the follow-up phase of reintroduction operations by identifying the main areas most likely to be colonized by the reintroduced species. We used SDMs to identify the potential distribution of Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber) reintroduced to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2004–2006 after being historically driven to extinction by overhunting. Models were also used to carry out a gap analysis to assess the degree of protection granted by the national reserve networks to the potentially expanding population. Distances from hydrographic network, broadleaved forest, main watercourses and farmland were the main factors influencing model performance. We estimated that suitable habitat covers 14.0% (31,000km2) of the whole study area. In Serbia, in 2004–2013 beavers expanded their range at a mean colonization speed of 70.9±12.8km/year (mean±SD). Only 2.89% of and 9.72% of beaver’s suitable habitat lie within the national network of protected areas of Bosnia and Serbia respectively. We detected new potential areas where beavers will likely settle in the near future, advising on where further monitoring should be carried out. We also identified low suitability areas to be targeted with appropriate management to improve their conditions as well as important regions falling outside reserve boundaries to which protection should be granted.

  • Steinbeiser, C.M., Wawrzynowski, C.A., Ramos, X. & Olson, Z.H.  (2017). Scavenging and the ecology of fear: do animal carcasses create islands of risk on the landscape? Canadian Journal of Zoology 96(3): 229-236.

Abstract: Many vertebrate scavengers function as predators in ecosystems, suggesting that the presence of scavengers and occurrence of predator effects may be intertwined near carcasses. We tested for risk effects near a series of experimentally placed carcasses by measuring small-mammal foraging in a before–after control–impact design. Validation efforts revealed low levels of food loss from stations due to human error and invertebrate foraging, and habituation to stations occurred after 2 weeks. Increased perceived predation risk by small mammals relative to controls occurred in three of seven trials. The effect was observed across tested carcass types (beaver, Castor canadensis Kuhl, 1820; white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus (Zimmermann, 1780)) and seasons (summer and fall). However, small mammals also increased foraging relative to controls in two of seven trials, and foraging reached a ceiling in two other trials that prevented inference on a response. Taken together, our results suggest that scavenger recruitment to carcasses can in some instances create islands of risk for prey on the landscape, but the effect is not likely to be universal. Where small-mammal foraging does decrease, further work will be necessary to determine if risk effects cascade to adjacent trophic levels through enhanced seed and seedling survival.

  • Westbrook, C. J., Cooper, D. J., & Anderson, C. B. (2017). Alteration of hydrogeomorphic processes by invasive beavers in southern South America. Science of The Total Environment, 574 (Supplement C), 183-190. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.09.045

Abstract: The North American beaver (Castor canadensis) is an invasive species in southern Patagonia, introduced in 1946 as part of a program by the Argentine government to augment furbearers. Research focus has turned from inventorying the beaver’s population and ecosystem impacts toward eradicating it from the region and restoring degraded areas. Successful restoration, however, requires a fuller determination of how beavers have altered physical landscape characteristics, and of what landscape features and biota need to be restored. Our goal was to identify changes to the physical landscape by invasive beaver. We analyzed channel and valley morphology in detail at one site in each of the three major forest zones occurring on the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego’s main island. We also assessed 48 additional sites across the three forest biomes on the island to identify a broader range of aquatic habitat occupied and modified by beaver. Beaver build dams with Nothofagus tree branches on streams, which triggered mineral sediment accretion processes in the riparian zone, but not in ways consistent with the beaver meadow theory and only at a few sites. At the majority of sites, beavers actively excavated peat and mineral sediment, moved thousands of cubic meters of sediment within their occupied landscapes and used it to build dams. Beaver were also common in fen ecosystems where pond formation inundated and drowned peat forming mosses and sedges, and triggered a massive invasion of exotic plant species. Results highlight that restoration of fen ecosystems is a previously unrecognized but pressing and challenging restoration need in addition to reforestation of Nothofagus riparian forests. We recommend that decision-makers include the full ecosystem diversity of the Fuegian landscape in their beaver eradication and ecosystem restoration plans.

2016

  • Campbell-Palmer, R., Gow, D., Campbell, R., Dickinson, H., Girling, S., Gurnell, J., . . . Rosell, F. (2016). The Eurasian Beaver Handbook: Ecology and Management of Castor fiber.  Exeter: Pelagic Publishing, UK.
  • Friesen, O. C., & Roth, J. D. (2016) Alternative prey use affects helminth parasite infections in grey wolves. Journal of Animal Ecology, 85: 1265-1274. doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12544.

Abstract: * Predators affect prey populations not only through direct predation, but also by acting as definitive hosts for their parasites and completing parasite life cycles. Understanding the affects of parasitism on prey population dynamics requires knowing how their predators’ parasite community is affected by diet and prey availability. Ungulates, such as moose (Alces americanus) and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), are often important prey for wolves (Canis lupus), but wolves also consume a variety of alternative prey, including beaver (Castor canadensis) and snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus). * The use of alternative prey, which may host different or fewer parasites than ungulates, could potentially reduce overall abundance of ungulate parasites within the ecosystem, benefiting both wolves and ungulate hosts. * We examined parasites in wolf carcasses from eastern Manitoba and estimated wolf diet using stable isotope analysis. Taeniidae cestodes were present in most wolves (75%), reflecting a diet primarily comprised of ungulates, but nematodes were unexpectedly rare. * Cestode abundance was negatively related to the wolf’s ?13C value, indicating diet affects parasite abundance. Wolves that consumed a higher proportion of beaver and caribou (Rangifer tarandus), estimated using Bayesian mixing models, had lower cestode abundance, suggesting the use of these alternative prey can reduce parasite loads. * Long-term consumption of beavers may lower the abundance of adult parasites in wolves, eventually lowering parasite density in the region and ultimately benefiting ungulates that serve as intermediate hosts. Thus, alternative prey can affect both predator-prey and host-parasite interactions and potentially affect food web dynamics.

  • Gallant, D., Léger, L., Tremblay, É., Berteaux, D., Lecomte, N. & Vasseur, L. (2016) Linking time budgets to habitat quality suggests that beavers (Castor canadensis) are energy maximizers. Canadian Journal of Zoology 94: 671-676. https://doi:10.1139/cjz-2016-0016.

Abstract: According to optimal foraging theory, consumers make choices that maximize their net energy intake per unit of time. We used foraging theory as a framework to understand the foraging behaviour of North American beavers (Castor canadensis Kuhl, 1820), an important herbivore that engineers new habitats. We tested the hypothesis that beavers are energy maximizers by verifying the prediction that they allocate time to foraging activities independently of habitat quality in Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada in New Brunswick, where nearly five decades of unabated colonization by beavers led to family units established in habitats of varying quality. We observed the behaviour of 27 beavers at seven ponds from May to August 2001, at dusk and dawn. Habitat quality did not influence time that beavers allocated to foraging. This finding supported our hypothesis. The only factor in the best model explaining time spent foraging was the progression of spring and summer seasons (weekly periods). Limiting factors such as infrastructure maintenance and intermittent reactions to danger remain poorly understood for this important herbivore. Future research should focus on establishing the importance that habitat quality (food availability) and environmental stress (weather, predators) have on shaping its time budget and, consequently, its survival and reproductive success.

  • Giriat, D., Gorczyca, E., & Sobucki, M. (2016). Beaver ponds’ impact on fluvial processes (Beskid Niski Mts., SE Poland). Science of The Total Environment, 544 (Supplement C), 339-353. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.11.103

Abstract: Beaver (Castor sp.) can change the riverine environment through dam-building and other activities. The European beaver (Castor fiber) was extirpated in Poland by the nineteenth century, but populations are again present as a result of reintroductions that began in 1974. The goal of this paper is to assess the impact of beaver activity on montane fluvial system development by identifying and analysing changes in channel and valley morphology following expansion of beaver into a 7.5km-long headwater reach of the upper Wisłoka River in southeast Poland. We document the distribution of beaver in the reach, the change in river profile, sedimentation type and storage in beaver ponds, and assess how beaver dams and ponds have altered channel and valley bottom morphology. The upper Wisłoka River fluvial system underwent a series of anthropogenic disturbances during the last few centuries. The rapid spread of C. fiber in the upper Wisłoka River valley was promoted by the valley’s morphology, including a low-gradient channel and silty-sand deposits in the valley bottom. At the time of our survey (2011), beaver ponds occupied 17% of the length of the study reach channel. Two types of beaver dams were noted: in-channel dams and valley-wide dams. The primary effect of dams, investigated in an intensively studied 300-m long subreach (Radocyna Pond), was a change in the longitudinal profile from smooth to stepped, a local reduction of the water surface slope, and an increase in the variability of both the thalweg profile and surface water depths. We estimate the current rate of sedimentation in beaver ponds to be about 14cm per year. A three-stage scheme of fluvial processes in the longitudinal and transverse profile of the river channel is proposed. C. fiber reintroduction may be considered as another important stage of the upper Wisłoka fluvial system development.

  • Graf, P. M., Mayer, M., Zedrosser, A., Hackländer, K., & Rosell, F. (2016) Territory size and age explain movement patterns in the Eurasian beaver. Mammalian Biology – Zeitschrift für f 81(6): 587-594.

Abstract: Territoriality is only profitable when the benefits gained from territory exploitation exceed the costs of defence, and territory sizes are usually optimized by time constraints related to resource defence (e.g. patrolling) and exploitation. In this study, we equipped 25 dominant Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber) with GPS units to study spatial movement patterns both on land and in water in relation to territory size, resource availability, the number of neighbours, season, and the beavers’ age. We show a territory size-dependent trade-off between territorial behaviours and foraging distances: Beavers in larger territories moved greater distances each night, thereby spending more time patrolling, and stayed closer to the shoreline when being on land (i.e. when foraging). Inversely, in smaller territories beavers patrolled less and foraged further away from the shoreline. These results suggest that individuals trade-off the costs of patrolling larger territories against the benefits of foraging closer towards the shoreline. Smaller territories might be more prone to resource depletion, thus, making foraging further from the shoreline a strategy to ensure sustainable resource use. Further, older beavers spent more time on land and close to territory borders compared to younger ones, suggesting a behavioural change with age possibly due to increased experience and boldness.

  • Law, A., F. McLean, et al. (2016). “Habitat engineering by beaver benefits aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem processes in agricultural streams.” Freshwater Biology 61(4): 486-499.

Abstract: * Small-scale discontinuities, formed by accumulations of wood, are recognised as a key feature of functionally intact forested streams because they promote organic matter retention, increase habitat complexity and provide flow refugia. Re-establishing such features in physically degraded streams is therefore a common priority for restoration schemes. Ecosystem engineering by beavers in the form of dam building might offer a natural mechanism for restoring degraded streams. Despite an increase in beaver reintroductions globally, the ecosystem engineering concept has rarely been applied to restoring biodiversity and ecosystem function, especially within degraded freshwater systems.* By comparing multiple beaver-modified and unmodified sites on headwater streams draining 13 ha of pastureland in eastern Scotland, U.K., we investigated if hydromorphological changes caused by reintroduced beavers (Castor fiber) translate into desirable biological responses when there is a long history of physical degradation and contraction of the regional species pool due to agricultural land use. * Beaver modified in-stream habitat by constructing 10 dams, thus creating a series of interconnected dam pools. Organic matter retention and aquatic plant biomass increased (7 and 20 fold higher respectively) in beaver ponds relative to unmodified channels, consistent with the lower fluctuation in stream stage observed below a series of dams. Growing season concentrations of extractable P and NO3 were on average 49% and 43% lower respectively below a series of dams than above, although colour and suspended solids concentrations increased. * Macroinvertebrate samples from beaver-modified habitats were less taxon rich (alpha diversity on average 27% lower) than those from unmodified stream habitat. However, due to significant compositional differences between beaver versus unmodified habitats, a composite sample from all habitats indicated increased richness at the landscape scale; gamma diversity was 28% higher on average than in the absence of beaver-modified habitat. Feeding guild composition shifted from grazer/scraper and filter feeder dominance in unmodified habitats to shredder and collector-gatherer dominance in beaver-created habitats. * Dam building by beaver in degraded environments can improve physical and biological diversity when viewed at a scale encompassing both modified and unmodified habitats. By restoring ecosystem processes locally, it may also offer wider scale benefits, including greater nutrient retention and flood attenuation. These benefits should be evaluated against evidence of any negative effects on land use or fisheries.

  • McCaffery, M., & Eby, L. (2016) Beaver activity increases aquatic subsidies to terrestrial consumers. Freshwater Biology, 61 (4),  518-532. doi:10.1111/fwb.12725.

Abstract: * The occurrence and importance of fluxes of nutrients and organic matter between aquatic and terrestrial habitats is well established, but how catchment characteristics influence these fluxes remains unclear. Beaver (Castor canadensis) alter freshwater ecosystems and increase aquatic production, but it is unknown how these changes influence the magnitude and lateral dispersal of aquatic nutrients into terrestrial ecosystems.

* We examined differences in abundances of dominant aquatic invertebrates, wolf spiders (Lycosidae), and deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus), at beaver and non-beaver sites. We used stable isotopes to track aquatic-derived carbon in terrestrial consumers and linear mixed-effects models to examine the importance of beaver presence and distance from stream channel on the percentage of aquatic-derived carbon in terrestrial consumers.

* Sites with beaver activity had >200% higher aquatic invertebrate emergence rates as well as 60% and 75% higher abundances of spiders and deer mice, respectively, relative to non-beaver sites.

* The tissues of both spiders and deer mice exhibited a greater percentage of aquatic-derived carbon at sites with beaver activity than at non-beaver sites.

* Aquatic-derived carbon in deer mice declined linearly with distance from the stream edge at both beaver and non-beaver sites. The contribution of aquatic-derived carbon in mice extended farther from the stream edge in beaver-modified catchments. Aquatic-derived carbon in spiders also declined linearly with distance from the stream at beaver sites but not at non-beaver sites.

* We documented a novel example of increased aquatic subsidy to riparian areas with beaver activity, leading to changes in the magnitude of the lateral dispersal of aquatic nutrient subsidies to the terrestrial environment in small stream systems. Understanding the effects of natural disturbance regimes, such as beaver modification, will be important for management and, where appropriate, restoration of natural catchment processes.

  • Small, B. A., Frey, J. K., & Gard, C. C. (2016) Livestock grazing limits beaver restoration in northern New Mexico. Restoration Ecology, n/a-n/a. doi:10.1111/rec.12364.

Abstract: The North American beaver (Castor canadensis) builds dams that pond water on streams, which provide crucial ecological services to aquatic and riparian ecosystems and enhance biodiversity. Consequently, there is increasing interest in restoring beavers to locations where they historically occurred, particularly in the arid western United States. However, despite often intensive efforts to reintroduce beavers into areas where they were severely reduced in numbers or eliminated due to overharvesting in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, beavers remain sparse or missing from many stream reaches. Reasons for this failure have not been well studied. Our goal was to evaluate certain biotic factors that may limit the occurrence of dam-building beavers in northern New Mexico, including competitors and availability of summer and winter forage. We compared these factors at primary active dams and at control sites located in stream reaches that were physically suitable for dam-building beavers but where none occurred. Beaver dams mostly occurred at sites that were not grazed or where there was some alternative grazing management, but were mostly absent at sites within Forest Service cattle allotments. Results indicated that cattle grazing influenced the relation between vegetation variables and beaver presence. The availability of willows (Salix spp.) was the most important plant variable for the presence of beaver dams. We conclude that grazing by cattle as currently practiced on Forest Service allotments disrupts the beaver-willow mutualism, rendering stream reaches unsuitable for dam-building beavers. We recommend that beaver restoration will require changes to current livestock management practices.

  • Smith, J., Windels, S., Wolf, T., Klaver, R., & Belant, J. (2016) Do transmitters affect survival and body condition of American beavers (Castor canadensis)? Wildlife Biology, 29 January 2016.

Abstract: One key assumption often inferred with using radio-equipped individuals is that the transmitter has no effect on the metric of interest. To evaluate this assumption, we used a known fate model to assess the effect of transmitter type (i.e., tail-mounted or peritoneal implant) on short-term (1 yr) survival and a joint live-dead recovery model and results from a mark-recapture study to compare long-term (8 yr) survival and body condition of ear-tagged only American beavers (Castor canadensis) to those equipped with radio transmitters in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, USA. Short-term (1-yr) survival was not influenced by transmitter type (wi = 0.64). Over the 8-yr study period, annual survival was similar between transmitter-equipped beavers (tail-mounted and implant transmitters combined; 0.76; 95% CI = 0.45-0.91) vs ear-tagged only (0.78; 95% CI = 0.45-0.93). Additionally, we found no difference in weight gain (t9 = 0.25, P = 0.80) or tail area (t11 = 1.25, P = 0.24) from spring to summer between the two groups. In contrast, winter weight loss (t22 = ?2.03, p = 0.05) and tail area decrease (t30 = ?3.04, p = 0.01) was greater for transmitter-equipped (weight = ?3.09 kg, SE = 0.55; tail area = ?33.71 cm2, SE = 4.80) than ear-tagged only (weight = ?1.80 kg, SE = 0.33; tail area = ?12.38 cm2, SE = 5.13) beavers. Our results generally support the continued use of transmitters on beavers for estimating demographic parameters, although we recommend additional assessments of transmitter effects under different environmental conditions.

  • Stringer, A. P., & Gaywood, M. J. (2016) The impacts of beavers Castor spp. on biodiversity and the ecological basis for their reintroduction to Scotland, UK. Mammal Review, n/a-n/a. doi:10.1111/mam.12068.

Abstract: * In Scotland, UK, beavers became extinct about 400 years ago. Currently, two wild populations are present in Scotland on a trial basis, and the case for their full reintroduction is currently being considered by Scottish ministers. Beavers are widely considered “ecosystem engineers”. Indeed, beavers have large impacts on the environment, fundamentally change ecosystems, and create unusual habitats, often considered unique. In this review, we investigate the mechanisms by which beavers act as ecosystem engineers, and then discuss the possible impacts of beavers on the biodiversity of Scotland.
* A meta-analysis of published studies on beavers’ interactions with biodiversity was conducted, and the balance of positive and negative interactions with plants, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals recorded.
* The meta-analysis showed that, overall, beavers have an overwhelmingly positive influence on biodiversity. Beavers’ ability to modify the environment means that they fundamentally increase habitat heterogeneity. As beavers are central-place foragers that feed only in close proximity to watercourses, their herbivory is unevenly spread in the landscape. In addition, beaver ponds and their associated unique successional stages increase habitat heterogeneity both spatially and temporally. Beavers also influence the ecosystems through the creation of a variety of features such as dams and lodges, important habitat features such as standing dead wood (after inundation), an increase in woody debris, and a graded edge between terrestrial and aquatic habitats that is rich in structural complexity.
* In Scotland, a widespread positive influence on biodiversity is expected, if beavers are widely reintroduced. For instance, beaver activity should provide important habitat for the otter Lutra lutra, great crested newt Triturus cristatus and water vole Arvicola amphibious, all species of conservation importance.
* Beavers are most likely to have detrimental impacts on certain woodland habitats and species of conservation importance, such as the Atlantic hazelwood climax community and aspen Populus tremula woodland. A lack of woodland regeneration caused by high deer abundance could lead to habitat degradation or loss. These are also of particular importance due to the variety of associated dependent species of conservation interest, such as lichen communities in Atlantic hazelwoods.

  • Thompson, S., Vehkaoja, M., & Nummi, P. (2016). Beaver-created deadwood dynamics in the boreal forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 360 (Supplement C), 1-8. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2015.10.019

Abstract: Deadwood is a markedly important ecosystem element, and increasingly rare in managed landscapes. Beavers (Castor sp.) are ecosystem engineers of the boreal forest, where they modify riparian forests and wetlands through damming. The subsequent inundation causes extensive die-off of trees in the flood zone. We measured the deadwood volumes and types for six beaver-created flood sites, and compared these to control sites with no beaver influence. Our results show beavers create abundant volumes of deadwood in areas rarely experiencing other disturbance types. Significant amounts of beaver-created deadwood consist of rare types, e.g. snags and deciduous wood. Both coarse and fine woody debris are created. These varying substrates increase deadwood heterogeneity and create differing saproxylic community diversity compared to other disturbances. The roaming lifestyle of beavers cause repeated flooding in boreal landscapes. This upholds deadwood continuity in areas where deadwood levels are very low due to intensive forest management. The reoccurring pulses of deadwood created by beavers may facilitate a wide scope of deadwood-dependent species. The beaver can be used as a deadwood facilitator and engine of restoration in boreal wetlands and riparian forests. This is an economic option compared to costly and time-consuming man-made restoration.

2015

  • Batty, P. (2015) The Scottish Beaver Trial: Odonata monitoring 2009-2014, final report 32 pp. SNH Commissioned Report No. 785.
  • Bergman, B. G., & Bump, J. K. (2015) Experimental evidence that the ecosystem effects of aquatic herbivory by moose and beaver may be contingent on water body type. Freshwater Biology, 60, 1635-1646.
  • Campbell-Palmer R, D. P. J., Gottstein B, Girling S, Cracknell J, Schwab G, Rossell, F, Pizzi, R. (2015) Echinococcus multilocularis detection in live Eurasian Beavers (Castor fiber) using a combination of laparoscopy and abdominal ultrasound under field conditions. PLoS ONE, 10, e0130842.
  • Crawford, J. C., Bluett, R. D., & Schauber, E. M. (2015) Conspecific Aggression by Beavers (Castor canadensis) in the Sangamon River Basin in Central Illinois: Correlates with Habitat, Age, Sex and Season. The American Midland Naturalist, 173, 145-155.
  • Gaywood, M. (2015) Beavers in Scotland: A report to the Scottish Government. Scottish Natural Heritage, Inverness, Scotland
    Inverness, Scotland 204 pp.
  • Girling SJ, C.-P. R., Pizzi R, Fraser MA, Cracknell J, Arnemo J, Rosell, F. (2015) Haematology and serum biochemistry parameters and variations in the Eurasian Beaver (Castor fiber). PLoS ONE 140, 0128775.
  • Gi?ejewska, A., Spodniewska, A., Barski, D., & Fattebert, J. (2014) Beavers indicate metal pollution away from industrial centers in northeastern Poland. Environmental science and pollution research international. Online.
  • Harrington, L., Feber, R., Raynor, R., & Macdonald, D. (2015) The Scottish Beaver Trial: Ecological monitoring of the European beaver Castor fiber and other riparian mammals 2009-2014, final report. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 685., 93 pp.
  • Hood, G. A., & Larson, D. G. (2015) Ecological engineering and aquatic connectivity: a new perspective from beaver-modified wetlands. Freshwater Biology, 60, 198-208.
  • Lazar, J. G., Addy, K., Gold, A. J., Groffman, P. M., McKinney, R. A., & Kellogg, D. Q. (2015) Beaver Ponds: Resurgent Nitrogen Sinks for Rural Watersheds in the Northeastern United States. Journal of Environmental Quality, 44. doi:10.2134/jeq2014.12.0540.
  • Mijangos, J. L., Pacioni, C., Spencer, P. B. S., & Craig, M. D. (2015) Contribution of genetics to ecological restoration. Molecular Ecology, 24, 22-37.
  • Perfect, C., Gilvear, D., Law, A., & Willby, N. (2015) The Scottish Beaver Trial: Fluvial geomorphology and river habitat 2008-2013, final report. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 683, 33 pp.
  • Šimůnková, K., & Vorel, A. (2015) Spatial and temporal circumstances affecting the population growth of beavers. Mammalian Biology – Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, 80, 468-476. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mambio.2015.07.008.
  • Swinnen, K. R. R., Hughes, N. K., & Leirs, H. (2015) Beaver (Castor fiber) activity patterns in a predator-free landscape. What is keeping them in the dark? Mammalian Biology – Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, 80, 477-483.
  • Tayside Beaver Study Group (2015) Tayside Beaver Study Group Final Report.
  • The Beaver Salmonid Working Group (BSWG). (2015) Final Report of The Beaver Salmonid Working Group. The National Species Reintroduction Forum, Inverness., 78 pp.

2014

  • Biedrzycka, A., Konior, M., Babik, W., ?wis?ocka, M., & Ratkiewicz, M. (2014) Admixture of two phylogeographic lineages of the Eurasian beaver in Poland. Mammalian Biology – Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde 79, 287-296.
  • Cross, H. B., Zedrosser, A., Nevin, O., & Rosell, F. (2014) Sex Discrimination via anal gland secretion in a territorial monogamous mammal. Ethology, 120, 1044-1052.
  • Curran, J. C., & Cannatelli, K. M. (2014) The impact of beaver dams on the morphology of a river in the eastern United States with implications for river restoration. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 39, 1236-1244.
  • Gibson, P.P., Olden, J.D. & O’Neill, M.W. (2014) Beaver dams shift desert fish assemblages toward dominance by non-native species (Verde River, Arizona, USA). Ecology of Freshwater Fish, n/a-n/a.
  • Goryainova, Z. I., Katsman, E. A., Zavyalov, N. A., Khlyap, L. A., & Petrosyan, V. G. (2014) Evaluation of tree and shrub resources of the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber L.) and changes in beaver foraging strategy after resources depletion. Russian Journal of Biological Invasions, 5, 242-254.
  • Horn, S., Prost, S., Stiller, M., Makowiecki, D., Kuznetsova, T., Benecke, N., Pucher, E., Hufthammer, A.K., Schouwenburg, C., Shapiro, B. & Hofreiter, M. (2014) Ancient mitochondrial DNA and the genetic history of Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) in Europe. Molecular Ecology, 23, 1717-1729.
  • Law, A., Bunnefeld, N. & Willby, N.J. (2014) Beavers and lilies: selective herbivory and adaptive foraging behaviour. Freshwater Biology 59, 224-232.
  • Malison, R.L., Lorang, M.S., Whited, D.C. & Stanford, J.A. (2014) Beavers (Castor canadensis) influence habitat for juvenile salmon in a large Alaskan river floodplain. Freshwater Biology, 59, 1229-1246.
  • Manning, A. D., Coles, B. J., Lunn, A. G., Halley, D. J., Ashmole, P., & Fallon, S. J. (2014) New evidence of late survival of beaver in Britain. The Holocene n/a-n/a.
  • Marshall, K. N., Cooper, D. J., & Hobbs, N. T. (2014) Interactions among herbivory, climate, topography, and plant age shape riparian willow dynamics in northern Yellowstone National Park, USA. Journal of Ecology, n/a-n/a.
  • McClintic L.F., Taylor J.D., Jones J.C., Singleton R.D. & Wang G. (2014) Effects of spatiotemporal resource heterogeneity on home range size of American beaver. Journal of Zoology 293:134-141.
  • McEwing, R., Frosch, C., Rosell, F. & Campbell-Palmer, R. (2014) A DNA assay for rapid discrimination between beaver species as a tool for alien species management. European Journal of Wildlife Research, n/a-n/a.
  • Runyon, M. J., Tyers, D. B., Sowell, B. F., & Gower, C. N. (2014) Aspen Restoration Using Beaver on the Northern Yellowstone Winter Range under Reduced Ungulate Herbivory. Restoration Ecology 22, 555-561.
  • Senn, H., Ogden, R., Frosch, C., Syrůčková, A., Campbell-Palmer, R., Munclinger, P., Durka, W., Kraus, R.H.S., Saveljev, A.P., Nowak, C., Stubbe, A., Stubbe, M., Michaux, J., Lavrov, V., Samiya, R., Ulevicius, A. & Rosell, F. (2014) Nuclear and mitochondrial genetic structure in the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) – implications for future reintroductions. Evolutionary Applications 7, 645-662.
  • Windels, S. K. (2014) Ear-tag loss rates in American beavers. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 38, 122-126.

2013

  • Barták, V., Vorel, A., Šímová, P., & Puš, V. (2013). Spatial spread of Eurasian beavers in river networks: a comparison of range expansion rates. Journal of Animal Ecology, n/a-n/a.
  • Campbell, R.D., Newman, C., Macdonald, D.W., Rosell, F. (2013) Proximate weather patterns and spring green-up phenology effect Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) body mass and reproductive success: the implications of climate change and topography. Global Change Biology 19, 1311-1324.
  • Jones, S., Gow, D., Lloyd Jones, A. & Campbell-Palmer, R. 2013. The battle for British beavers. British Wildlife 24, 381-392.
  • Latham, A.D.M., Latham, M.C., Knopff, K.H., Hebblewhite, M. & Boutin, S. (2013). Wolves, white-tailed deer, and beaver: implications of seasonal prey switching for woodland caribou declines. Ecography, no-no.
  • Parker, H., Nummi, P., Hartman, G. & Rosell, F. (2013) Invasive North American beaver Castor canadensis in Eurasia: a review of potential consequences and a strategy for eradication. Wildlife Biology 18, 354-365.
  • Senn, H., Ogden, R., Cezard, T., Gharbi, K., Iqbal, Z., Johnson, E., Kamps-Hughes, N., Rosell, F. & McEwing, R. (2013) Reference-free SNP discovery for the Eurasian beaver from restriction site-associated DNA paired-end data. Molecular Ecology 22, 3141-3150.
  • Smith, J.M. & Mather, M.E. (2013) Beaver dams maintain fish biodiversity by increasing habitat heterogeneity throughout a low-gradient stream network. Freshwater Biology, n/a-n/a.
  • Wohl, E. (2013). Landscape-scale carbon storage associated with beaver dams. Geophysical Research Letters, n/a-n/a.

2012

  • Campbell-Palmer, R., Girling, S., Rosell, F., Paulsen, P., & Goodman, G. (2012). Echinococcus risk from imported beavers. Veterinary Record, 170, 235.
  • Campbell, R., Harrington, A., Ross, A., & Harrington, L. A. (2012). Distribution, population assessment and activities of beavers in Tayside: Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report 540.
  • Campbell, R. D., Nouvellet, P., Newman, C., Macdonald, D. W., & Rosell, F. (2012). The influence of mean climate trends and climate variance on beaver survival and recruitment dynamics. Global Change Biology, 18, 2730-2742.
  • Harding, J. (2012). Beyond Naturalness: Rethinking Park and Wilderness Stewardship in an Era of Rapid Change. Restoration Ecology, 20(4), 541-543.
  • Kemp, P. S., Worthington, T. A., Langford, T. E. L., Tree, A. R. J., & Gaywood, M. J. (2012). Qualitative and quantitative effects of reintroduced beavers on stream fish. Fish and Fisheries, 13, 158-181.
  • McColley, S. D., Tyers, D. B., & Sowell, B. F. (2012). Aspen and Willow Restoration Using Beaver on the Northern Yellowstone Winter Range. Restoration Ecology, 20(4), 450-455.
  • Moran, D., & Hanley-Nickolls, R. (2012). The Scottish Beaver Trial: Socio-economic monitoring – First report 2011: Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No.482.
  • Pli?rait?, V., & Kesminas, V. (2012). Ecological impact of Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) activity on macroinvertebrate communities in Lithuanian trout streams. Central European Journal of Biology, 7(1), 101-114.
  • Polvi, L. & Wohl, E. (2012). The beaver meadow complex revisited the role of beavers in post-glacial floodplain development. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 37, 332-346.
  • Rosell, F., Campbell-Palmer, R., & Parker, H. (2012). More genetic data are needed before populations are mixed: response to Sourcing Eurasian beaver Castor fiber stock for reintroductions in Great Britain and Western Europe. Mammal Review, 420, 319-324.

2011

  • Ciechanowski, M., Kubic, W., Rynkiewicz, A., & Zwolicki, A. (2011). Reintroduction of beavers Castor fiber may improve habitat quality for vespertilionid bats foraging in small river valleys. European Journal of Wildlife Research.
  • Dewas, M., Herr, J., Schley, L., Angst, C., Manet, B., Landry, P., et al. (2011). Recovery and status of native and introduced beavers Castor fiber and Castor canadensis in France and neighbouring countries. Mammal Review, no-no.
  • Frosch, C., Haase, P., & Nowak, C. (2011). First set of microsatellite markers for genetic characterization of the Eurasian beaver (&lt;i&gt;Castor fiber&lt;/i&gt;) based on tissue and hair samples. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 57(3), 679-682.
  • Fuller, M., & Peckarsky, l. B. (2011). Does the morphology of beaver ponds alter downstream ecosystems? Hydrobiologia, 668, 35-48.
  • Harrington, L., Feber, R., & Macdonald, D. (2011). The Scottish Beaver Trial: Ecological monitoring of the European beaver Castor fiber and other riparian mammals – First Annual Report 2010: Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 450.
  • Horn, S., Durka, W., Wolf, R., Ermala, A., Stubbe, A., Stubbe, M., et al. (2011). Mitochondrial Genomes Reveal Slow Rates of Molecular Evolution and the Timing of Speciation in Beavers (Castor), One of the Largest Rodent Species. PLOS ONE, 6.
  • Janzen, K., & Westbrook, C. J. (2011). Hyporheic Flows Along a Channelled Peatland: Influence of Beaver Dams. Canadian Water Resources Journal, 36(4), 331-347.
  • Jones, A., Halley, D., Gow, D., Branscombe, J., & Aykroyd, T. (2011). Welsh Beaver Assessment Initiative Report: An investigation into the feasibility of reintroducing European Beaver (Castor fiber) to Wales.: Wildlife Trusts Wales, UK.
  • Kloskowski, J. (2011). Human-wildlife conflicts at pond fisheries in eastern Poland: perceptions and management of wildlife damage. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 57(2), 295-304.
  • Korablev, N., Korablev, M., & Korablev, P. (2011). Introduction of alien species and microevolution: The European beaver, raccoon dog, and American mink. Biology Bulletin, 38(2), 146-155.
  • McColley, S. D., Tyers, D. B., & Sowell, B. F. (2011). Aspen and Willow Restoration Using Beaver on the Northern Yellowstone Winter Range. Restoration Ecology, no-no.
  • Moore, B., Sim, D., & Iason, G. (2011). The Scottish Beaver Trial: Woodland monitoring 2010.: Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No.462.
  • Müller-Schwarze, D. (2011). The Beaver; its Life and Impact (2nd Edit.): Cornell University press.
  • Nislow, K. H., Hudy, M., Letcher, B. H., & Smith, E. P. (2011). Variation in local abundance and species richness of stream fishes in relation to dispersal barriers: implications for management and conservation. Freshwater Biology, no-no.
  • Nyssen, J., Pontzeele, J., & Billi, P. (2011). Effect of beaver dams on the hydrology of small mountain streams: Example from the Chevral in the Ourthe Orientale basin, Ardennes, Belgium. Journal of Hydrology, 402(1-2), 92-102.
  • Obidzinski, A., Orczewska, A., & Cieloszczyk, P. (2011). The impact of beavers’ (Castor fiber l.) Lodges on vascular plant species diversity in forest landscape. Polish Journal of Ecology, 59, 69-79.
  • Perfect, C., & Gilvear, D. (2011). The Scottish Beaver Trial: Collection of fluvial geomorphology and river habitat data 2010: Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 489.
  • Pizzi, R. (2011). Keyhole Sterilisation of Beavers at Lower Mill Estate. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, pp. 5.
  • Rosell, F., Campbell-Palmer, R., & Parker, H. (2011). More genetic data are needed before populations are mixed: response to “Sourcing Eurasian beaver Castor fiber stock for reintroductions in Great Britain and Western Europe”. Mammal Review, no-no.
  • Ruys, T., Lorvelec, O., Marre, A., & Bernez, I. (2011). River management and habitat characteristics of three sympatric aquatic rodents: common muskrat, coypu and European beaver. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 1-14.
  • Shine, R. (2011). Invasive species as drivers of evolutionary change: cane toads in tropical Australia. Evolutionary Applications, no-no.
  • Singer, E. E., & Gangloff, M. M. (2011). Effects of a small dam on freshwater mussel growth in an Alabama (U.S.A.) stream. Freshwater Biology, 56(9), 1904-1915.
  • Sjoberg, G., & Ball, J. (2011). Restoring the European Beaver: 50 Years of Experience Pensoft Publishers.
  • Willby, N., Casas Mulet, R., & Perfect, C. (2011). The Scottish Beaver Trial: Monitoring and further baseline survey of the aquatic and semi-aquatic macrophytes of the lochs 2009: Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 455.

2010

  • Alexandre, C., & Almeida, P. (2010). The impact of small physical obstacles on the structure of freshwater fish assemblages. River Research and Applications, 26(8), 977-994.
    Bartel, R., Haddad, N., & Wright, J. (2010). Ecosystem engineers maintain a rare species of butterfly and increase plant diversity. Oikos, 119(5), 883-890.
  • Bloomquist, C., & Nielsen, C. (2010). Demography of Unexploited Beavers in Southern Illinois. Journal of Wildlife Management, 74, 228-235.
  • Burchsted, D., Daniels, M., Thorson, R., & Vokoun, J. (2010). The River Discontinuum: Applying Beaver Modifications to Baseline Conditions for Restoration of Forested Headwaters. BioScience, 60(11), 908-922.
  • Campbell-Palmer, R., & Rosell, F. (2010). Conservation of the Eurasian beaver Castor fiber: an olfactory perspective. Mammal Review, 40(4), 293-312.
  • Cummings, J., Peeters, P., Dovers, S., Tasker, L., & Driscoll, D. A. (2010). Workshop report: ‘The Worlds of Ecology and Environmental Policy: Never the Two Shall Meet?’. Ecological Management & Restoration, 11(2), 152-156.
  • Elosegi, A., Díez, J., & Mutz, M. (2010). Effects of hydromorphological integrity on biodiversity and functioning of river ecosystems. Hydrobiologia.
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  • Feranec, R., García, N., Díez, J. C., & Arsuaga, J. L. (2010). Understanding the ecology of mammalian carnivorans and herbivores from Valdegoba cave (Burgos, northern Spain) through stable isotope analysis. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 297(2), 263-272.
  • Halley, D. J. (2010). Sourcing Eurasian beaver Castor fiber stock for reintroductions in Great Britain and Western Europe. Mammal Review, no-no.
  • Hofreiter, M., & Barnes, I. (2010). Diversity lost: are all Holarctic large mammal species just relict populations? BMC Biology, 8(1), 46.
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  • Milligan, H., & Humphries, M. (2010). The importance of aquatic vegetation in beaver diets and the seasonal and habitat specificity of aquatic terrestrial ecosystem linkages in a subarctic environment. Oikos, 119, 1877-1886.
  • Mott, C., Bloomquist, C., & Nielsen, C. (2010). Seasonal, diel, and ontogenetic patterns of within-den behavior in beavers (Castor canadensis) Mammalian Biology.
  • Nogaro, G., Datry, T., Mermillod-Blondin, F., Descloux, S., & Montuelle, B. (2010). Influence of streambed sediment clogging on microbial processes in the hyporheic zone. Freshwater Biology, 9999(9999).
  • Palmer, M. A., Menninger, H. L., & Bernhardt, E. (2010). Freshwater Biology, 55, 205.
  • Pelech, S. A., Smith, J. N. M., & Boutin, S. (2010). A predator’s perspective of nest predation: predation by red squirrels is learned, not incidental. Oikos, 119(5), 841-851.
  • Pollock, K. G. J., Ternent, H. E., Mellor, D. J., Chalmers, R. M., Smith, H. V., Ramsay, C. N., et al. (2010). Spatial and Temporal Epidemiology of Sporadic Human Cryptosporidiosis in Scotland. Zoonoses and Public Health, 57(7-8), 487-492.
  • Robinson, G., & Chalmers, R. M. (2010). The European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), a Source of Zoonotic Cryptosporidiosis. Zoonoses and Public Health, 57(7-8), e1-e13.
  • Rybczynski, N., Ross, E., Samuels, J., & Korth, W. (2010). Re-Evaluation of Sinocastor (Rodentia: Castoridae) with Implications on the Origin of Modern Beavers. PLOS ONE, 5, e13990.
  • S, L., G, P., & Ormerod, S. (2010). Experimental effects of sediment deposition on the structure and function of macroinvertebrate assemblages in temperate streams. River Research and Applications, 9999(9999), n/a.
  • Taylor, B., MacInnis, C., & Floyd, T. (2010). Influence of rainfall and beaver dams on upstream movement of spawning Atlantic salmon in a restored brook in Nova scotia, Canada. River Research and Applications, 26(2), 183-193.
  • Westbrook, C., Cooper, D., & Baker, B. (2010). Beaver assisted river valley formation. River Research and Applications, 27(2), 247-256.
  • Wilkinson, M., Quinn, P., & Welton, P. (2010). Runoff management during the September 2008 floods in the Belford catchment, Northumberland. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 3, 285-295.

2009

  • Clara, S. (2009). Intraspecific variability of beaver teeth (Castoridae: Rodentia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 155(4), 926-936.
  • Fausch, K., Rieman, B., Dunham, J., Young, M., & Peterson, D. (2009). Invasion versus Isolation: Trade-Offs in Managing Native Salmonids with Barriers to Upstream Movement. Conservation Biology, 23(4), 859-870.
  • Jarema, S. I., Samson, J., McGill, B. J., & Humphries, M. M. (2009). Variation in abundance across a species’ range predicts climate change responses in the range interior will exceed those at the edge: a case study with North American beaver. Global Change Biology, 15(2), 508-522.
  • Jones, K., Gilvear, D., Willby, N., & Gaywood, M. (2009). Willow (Salix spp.) and aspen (Populus tremula) regrowth after felling by the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber): implications for riparian woodland conservation in Scotland. Aquatic Conservation: Marine And Freshwater Ecosystems, 19, 75-87.
  • Kasahara, T., Datry, T., Mutz, M., & Boulton, A. (2009). Treating causes not symptoms: restoration of surface-groundwater interactions in rivers. Marine and Freshwater Research, 60, 976-981.
  • Peinetti, H. R., Baker, B. W., & Coughenour, M. B. (2009). Simulation modeling to understand how selective foraging by beaver can drive the structure and function of a willow community. Ecological Modelling, 220(7), 998-1012.
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2008

  • Gaywood, M., Batty, D., & Galbraith, C. (2008). Reintroducing the European Beaver in Britain. British Wildlife, 19(6), 381-391.
  • Gurnell, J., Gurnell, A. M., Demeritt, D., Lurz, P. W. W., Shirley, M. D. F., Rushton, S. P., et al. (2008). The Feasibility and Acceptability of Reintroducing the European Beaver to England. . Sheffield, UK: Natural England/People’s Trust for Endangered Species, Sheffield, UK.
  • Hood, G. A., & Bayley, S. E. (2008). Beaver (Castor canadensis) mitigate the effects of climate on the area of open water in boreal wetlands in western Canada. Biological Conservation, 141(2), 556-567.
  • Nummi, P., & Hahtola, A. (2008). The beaver as an ecosystem engineer facilitates teal breeding. Ecography, 31, 519-524.
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2007

  • Anderson, C. B., & Rosemond, A. D. (2007). Ecosystem engineering by invasive exotic beavers reduces in-stream diversity and enhances ecosystem function in Cape Horn, Chile. Oecologia, 154(1), 141-153.
  • Bierla, J. B., Gizejewski, Z., Leigh, C. M., Ekwall, H., Soderquist, L., Rodriguez-Martinez, H., et al. (2007). Sperm morphology of the Eurasian beaver, Castor fiber: An example of a species of rodent with highly derived and pleiomorphic sperm populations. Journal of Morphology, 268(8), 683-689.
  • Boyle, S., & Owens, S. (2007). North American Beaver (Castor canadensis): A Technical Conservation Assessment. Montrolse, Colorado, USA: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, Species Conservation Project.
  • Bremner, A., & Park, K. (2007). Public attitudes to the management of non-invasive species in Scotland. Biological Conservation, 139, 306-314.
  • Burdock, G. A. (2007). Safety assessment of castoreum extract as a food ingredient. International Journal of Toxicology, 26(1), 51-55.
  • Campbell, R., Dutton, A., & Hughes, J. (2007). Economic Impacts of the beaver. Oxford: University of Oxford.
  • Cole, M., Kitchener, A., & Yalden, D. (2007). Eurasian beaver. In S. Harris & D. Yalden (Eds.), Mammals of the British Isles 4th Edition (pp. 72-76). Southampton, UK: The Mammal Society.
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  • Falandysz, J., Taniyasu, S., Yamashita, N., Rostkowski, P., Zalewski, K., & Kannan, K. (2007). Perfluorinated compounds in some terrestrial and aquatic wildlife species from Poland. Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part a-Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering, 42(6), 715-719.
  • Fox-Dobbs, K., Bump, J. K., Peterson, R. O., Fox, D. L., & Koch, P. L. (2007). Carnivore-specific stable isotope variables and variation in the foraging ecology of modern and ancient wolf populations: case studies from Isle Royale, Minnesota, and La Brea. Canadian Journal of Zoology-Revue Canadienne De Zoologie, 85(4), 458-471.
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  • Geertsema, M., & Pojar, J. J. (2007). Influence of landslides on biophysical diversity — A perspective from British Columbia. Geomorphology, 89(1-2), 55-69.
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  • Haider, S., & Jax, K. (2007). The application of environmental ethics in biological conservation: a case study from the southernmost tip of the Americas. Biodiversity and Conservation, 16(9), 2559-2573.
  • Hood, G. A., Bayley, S. E., & Olson, W. (2007). Effects of prescribed fire on habitat of beaver (Castor canadensis) in Elk Island National Park, Canada. Forest Ecology and Management, 239(1-3), 200-209.
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  • Komosa, M., Frackowiak, H., & Godynicki, S. (2007). Skulls of Neolithic Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber L.) in comparison with skulls of contemporary beavers from natural biotopes of Wielkopolska region (Poland). Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, 16(5), 697-704.
  • Krylov, A. V., Chalova, I. V., & Tsel’movich, O. L. (2007). Cladocerans under conditions of small river damming by man and beavers. Russian Journal of Ecology, 38(1), 34-38.
  • LeBlanc, F. A., Gallant, D., Vasseur, L., & Leger, L. (2007). Unequal summer use of beaver ponds by river otters: influence of beaver activity, pond size, and vegetation cover. Canadian Journal of Zoology-Revue Canadienne De Zoologie, 85(7), 774-782.
  • Longcore, T., Rich, C., & Muller-Schwarze, D. (2007). Management by assertion: Beavers and songbirds at Lake Skinner (Riverside County, California). Environmental Management, 39(4), 460-471.
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  • Mendez-Hermida, F., Gomez-Couso, H., Romero-Suances, R., & Ares-Mazas, E. (2007). Cryptosporidium and Giardia in wild otters (Lutra lutra). Veterinary Parasitology, 144(1-2), 153-156.
  • Menninger, H. L., & Palmer, M. A. (2007). Freshwater Biology, 52(null), 1689.
  • Meyer, J. L., Strayer, D. L., Wallace, J. B., Eggert, S. L., Helfman, G. S., & Loenard, N. E. (2007). Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 43(null), 86.
  • Mitchell, S. C., & Cunjak, R. A. (2007). Stream flow, salmon and beaver dams: roles in the structuring of stream fish communities within an anadromous salmon dominated stream. Journal of Animal Ecology, 76(6), 1062-1074.
  • Müller, W., Bocklisch, H., Schüler, G., Hotzel, H., Neubauer, H., & Otto, P. (2007). Detection of Francisella tularensis subsp. holarctica in a European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) in Thuringia, Germany. Veterinary Microbiology, 123(1-3), 225-229.
  • Nilsen, E., Milner-Gulland, E., Schofield, L., Mysterud, A., N.Chr, S., & Coulson, T. (2007). Wolf reintroduction to Scotland: public attitudes and consequences for red deer management. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 274, 995-1002.
  • Noble, T., Johnson, E., & Miyanishi, K. (2007). Impact of beaver (Castor canadensis kuhl) foraging on species composition of boreal forests. In Plant Disturbance Ecology (pp. 579-602). Burlington: Academic Press.
  • Parker, H., & Ronning, O. C. (2007). Low potential for restraint of anadromous salmonid reproduction by beaver Castor fiber in the Numedalslagen River catchment, Norway. River Research and Applications, 23(7), 752-762.
  • Parker, H., Rosell, F., & Mysterud, A. (2007). Harvesting of males delays female breeding in a socially monogamous mammal; the beaver. Biology Letters, 3(1), 106-108.
  • Parker, J. D., Caudill, C. C., & Hay, M. E. (2007). Beaver herbivory on aquatic plants. Oecologia, 151(4), 616-625.
  • Pollock, M. M., Beechie, T. J., & Jordan, C. E. (2007). Geomorphic changes upstream of beaver dams in Bridge Creek, an incised stream channel in the interior Columbia River basin, eastern Oregon. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 32(8), 1174-1185.
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  • Shirley, M. D. F., Lurz, P. W. W., & Rushton, S. P. (2007). Modelling the population dynamics of hedgehogs on the Outer Hebrides with a view towards eradication. Edinburgh: Rep. No. 15365. Scottish Natural Heritage. .
  • Stevens, C. E., Paszkowski, C. A., & Foote, A. L. (2007). Beaver (Castor canadensis) as a surrogate species for conserving anuran amphibians on boreal streams in Alberta, Canada. Biological Conservation, 134(1), 1-13.
  • Thomsen, L. R., Campbell, R. D., & Rosell, F. (2007). Tool-use in a display behaviour by Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber). Animal Cognition, 10(4), 477-482.
  • Ulevi?ius, A., & Janulaitis, M. (2007). Abundance and species diversity of small mammals on beaver lodges. Ekologija, 53(4), 38-43.
  • VerCauteren, K. C., Seward, N. W., Lavelle, M. J., Fischer, J. W., & Phillips, G. E. (2007). A fence design for excluding elk without impeding other wildlife. Rangeland Ecology & Management, 60(5), 529-532.
  • Vines, G. (2007a). Don’t fear the beaver. New Scientist, 195(2618), 42-45.
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  • Wallem, P. K., Jones, C. G., Marquet, P. A., & Jaksic, F. M. (2007). Identifying the mechanisms underlying the invasion of Castor canadensis (Rodentia) into Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Chile. Revista Chilena De Historia Natural, 80(3), 309-325.
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2006

  • Anderson, C. B., Griffith, C. R., Rosemond, A. D., Rozzi, R., & Dollenz, O. (2006). The effects of invasive North American beavers on riparian plant communities in Cape Horn, Chile – Do exotic beavers engineer differently in sub-Antarctic ecosystems? Biological Conservation, 128(4), 467-474.
  • Anderson, C. B., Rozzi, R., Torres-Mura, J. C., McGehee, S. M., Sherriffs, M. F., Schuettler, E., et al. (2006). Exotic vertebrate fauna in the remote and pristine sub-antarctic Cape Horn Archipelago, Chile. Biodiversity and Conservation, 15(10), 3295-3313.
  • Ayllon, F., Moran, P., & Garcia-Vazquez, E. (2006). Maintenance of a small anadromous subpopulation of brown trout (Salmo trutta L.) by straying Freshwater Biology, 51(null), 351-358.
  • Bailey, J. K., & Whitham, T. G. (2006). Interactions between cottonwood and beavers positively affect sawfly abundance. Ecological Entomology, 31(4), 294-297.
  • Baker, B. W. (2006). Efficacy of tail-mounted transmitters for beaver. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 34(1), 218-222.
  • Barisone, G., Argenti, P., & Kotsakis, T. (2006). Plio-Pleistocene evolution of the genus Castor (Rodentia, Mammalia) in Europe: C-fiber plicidens of Pietrafitta (Perugia, Central Italy). Geobios, 39(6), 757-770.
  • Bertolo, A., & Magnan, P. (2006). Spatial and environmental correlates of fish community structure in Canadian Shield lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 63(12), 2780-2792.
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  • Butler, D. R. (2006). Human-induced changes in animal populations and distributions, and the subsequent effects on fluvial systems. Geomorphology, 79(3-4), 448-459.
  • Coles, B. (2006). Beavers in Britain’s Past. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books.
  • Cooper, D. J., Dickens, J., Hobbs, N. T., Christensen, L., & Landrum, L. (2006). Hydrologic, geomorphic and climatic processes controlling willow establishment in a montane ecosystem. Hydrological Processes, 20(8), 1845-1864.
  • Cunningham, J. M., Calhoun, A. J. K., & Glanz, W. E. (2006). Patterns of beaver colonization and wetland change in Acadia National Park. Northeastern Naturalist, 13(4), 583-596.
  • Davis, R. B., Anderson, D. S., Dixit, S. S., Appleby, P. G., & Schauffler, M. (2006). Responses of two New Hampshire (USA) lakes to human impacts in recent centuries. Journal of Paleolimnology, 35(4), 669-697.
  • DeStefano, S., Koenen, K. K. G., Henner, C. M., & Strules, J. (2006). Transition to independence by subadult beavers (Castor canadensis) in an unexploited, exponentially growing population. Journal of Zoology, 269(4), 434-441.
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  • Fayer, R., Santin, M., Trout, J. M., DeStefano, S., Koenen, K., & Kaur, T. (2006). Prevalence of microsporidia, Cryptosporidium spp., and Giardia spp. in beavers (Castor canadensis) in Massachusetts. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 37(4), 492-497.
  • Friedman, J. M., Auble, G. T., Andrews, E. D., Kittel, G., Madole, R. F., Griffin, E. R., et al. (2006). Transverse and longitudinal variation in woody riparian vegetation along a montane river. Western North American Naturalist, 66(1), 78-91.
  • Haarberg, O., & Rosell, F. (2006). Selective foraging on woody plant species by the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) in Telemark, Norway. Journal of Zoology, 270(2), 201-208.
  • Hardman, B., & Moro, D. (2006). Optimising reintroduction success by delayed dispersal: Is the release protocol important for hare-wallabies? Biological Conservation, 128(3), 403-411.
  • Hartman, G., & Tornlov, S. (2006). Influence of watercourse depth and width on dam-building behaviour by Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber). Journal of Zoology, 268(2), 127-131.
  • Herr, J., Muller-Schwarze, D., & Rosell, F. (2006). Resident beavers (Castor canadensis) do not discriminate between castoreum scent marks from simulated adult and subadult male intruders. Canadian Journal of Zoology-Revue Canadienne De Zoologie, 84(4), 615-622.
  • Jonker, S. A., Muth, R. M., Organ, J. F., Zwick, R. R., & Siemer, W. F. (2006). Experiences with beaver damage and attitudes of Massachusetts residents toward beaver. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 34(4), 1009-1021.
  • Kettunen, M., & ten Brink, P. (2006). Value of biodiversity: documenting EU examples where biodiversity loss has led to the loss of ecosystem services. Brussels, Belgium: The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).
  • Kondolf, G. M. (2006). Ecology and Society, 11(null), 5.
  • Lang, D. W., Reeves, G. H., Hall, J. D., & Wipfli, M. S. (2006). The influence of fall-spawning coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) on growth and production of juvenile coho salmon rearing in beaver ponds on the Copper River Delta, Alaska. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 63(4), 917-930.
  • Lautz, L. K., Siegel, D. I., & Bauer, R. L. (2006). Impact of debris dams on hyporheic interaction along a semi-arid stream. Hydrological Processes, 20(1), 183-196.
  • Longcore, J. R., McAuley, D. G., Pendelton, G. W., Bennatti, C. R., Mingo, T. M., & Stromborg, K. L. (2006). Macroinvertebrate abundance, water chemistry, and wetland characteristics affect use of wetlands by avian species in Maine. Hydrobiologia, 567, 143-167.
  • Margaleti?, J., Grubešić, M., Dušak, V., Konjević, D. (2006). Activity of European beavers (Castor fiber L.) in young pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.) forests. Veterinarski Arhiv, 76 (Suppl.), S167-S175.
  • Maringer, A., & Slotta-Bachmayr, L. (2006). A GIS-based habitat-suitability model as a tool for the management of beavers Castor fiber. Acta Theriologica, 51(4), 373-382.
  • Martell, K. A., Foote, A. L., & Cumming, S. G. (2006). Riparian disturbance due to beavers (Castor canadensis) in Alberta’s boreal mixedwood forests: Implications for forest management. Ecoscience, 13(2), 164-171.
  • Nolet, B., Spitzen, A., Van Leijsen, J., & Dijkstra, V. (2006). Bevers in de Biesbosch: griendwerkers van de toekomst? Landschap 23, 171-180.
  • Padhi, R., & Balakrishnan, S. N. (2006). Optimal management of beaver population using a reduced-order distributed parameter model and single network adaptive critics. Ieee Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 14(4), 628-640.
  • Parker, H., Rosell, F., & Danielsen, J. (2006). Efficacy of cartridge type and projectile design in the harvest of beaver. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 34(1), 127-130.
  • Pastur, G. M., Lencinas, M. V., Escobar, J., Quiroga, P., Malmierca, L., & Lizarralde, M. (2006). Understorey succession in Nothofagus forests in Tierra del Fuego (Argentina) affected by Castor canadensis. Applied Vegetation Science, 9(1), 143-154.
  • Rosell, F., Parker, H., & Steifetten, O. (2006). Use of dawn and dusk sight observations to determine colony size and family composition in Eurasian beaver Castor fiber. Acta Theriologica, 51(1), 107-112.
  • Rosell, F., & Sanda, J. (2006). Potential risks of olfactory signaling: the effect of predators on scent marking by beavers. Behavioral Ecology, 17(6), 897-904.
  • Rosell, F., & Thomsen, L. R. (2006). Sexual dimorphism in territorial scent marking by adult eurasian beavers (Castor fiber). Journal of Chemical Ecology, 32(6), 1301-1315.
  • Rushton, S. P., Lurz, P. W. W., Gurnell, J., Nettleton, P., Bruemmer, C., Shirley, M. D. F., et al. (2006). Disease threats posed by alien species: the role of a poxvirus in the decline of the native red squirrel in Britain. Epidemiology and Infection, 134, 521-533.
  • Schmidt, K., & Kowalczyk, R. (2006). Using scent-marking stations to collect hair samples to monitor Eurasian lynx populations. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 34(2), 462-466.
  • Sigourney, D. B., Letcher, B. H., & Cunjak, R. A. (2006). Influence of beaver activity on summer growth and condition of age-2 Atlantic salmon parr. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 135(4), 1068-1075.
  • Skewes, O., Gonzalez, F., Olave, R., Avila, A., Vargas, V., Paulsen, P., et al. (2006). Abundance and distribution of American beaver, Castor canadensis (Kuhl 1820), in Tierra del Fuego and Navarino islands, Chile. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 52(4), 292-296.
  • Snyder, C. D., Young, J. A., & Stout, B. M. (2006). Aquatic habitats of Canaan Valley, West Virginia: Diversity and environmental threats. Northeastern Naturalist, 13(3), 333-352.
  • Stevens, C. E., Paszkowski, C. A., & Scrimgeour, G. J. (2006). Older is better: Beaver ponds on boreal streams as breeding habitat for the wood frog. Journal of Wildlife Management, 70(5), 1360-1371.
  • Velinsky, D. J., Bushaw-Newton, K. L., Kreeger, D. A., & Johnson, T. E. (2006). Effects of small dam removal on stream chemistry in southeastern Pennsylvania. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 25(3), 569-582.
  • Veraart, A. J., Nolet, B. A., Rosell, F., & de Vries, P. P. (2006). Simulated winter browsing may lead to induced susceptibility of willows to beavers in spring. Canadian Journal of Zoology-Revue Canadienne De Zoologie, 84(12), 1733-1742.
  • Westbrook, C. J., Cooper, D. J., & Baker, B. W. (2006). Beaver dams and overbank floods influence groundwater-surface water interactions of a Rocky Mountain riparian area. Water Resources Research, 42(6), 12.
  • Whitham, T., Bailey, J., Schweitzer, J., Shuster, S., Bangert, R. K., LeRoy, C., et al. (2006). A framework for community and ecosystem genetics: from genes to ecosystems. . Nat. Rev. Genet., 7, 510-523.
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2005

  • Appelbee, A. J., Thompson, R. C. A., & Olson, M. E. (2005). Giardia and Cryptosporidium in mammalian wildlife – current status and future needs. Trends in Parasitology, 21(8), 370-376.
  • Babik, W., Durka, W., & Radwan, J. (2005). Sequence diversity of the MHC DRB gene in the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber). Molecular Ecology, 14(14), 4249-4257.
  • Baker, B. W., Ducharme, H. C., Mitchell, D. C. S., Stanley, T. R., & Peinetti, H. R. (2005). Interaction of beaver and elk herbivory reduces standing crop of willow. Ecological Applications, 15(1), 110-118.
  • Barnes, D. M. (2005). Possible tool use by Beavers, Castor canadensis, in a northern Ontario watershed. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 119(3), 441-443.
  • Benda, L., Hassan, M. A., Church, M., & May, C. L. (2005). Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 41(null), 835.
  • Boudreau, R. E. A., Galloway, J. M., Patterson, R. T., Kumar, A., & Michel, F. A. (2005). A paleolimnological record of Holocene climate and environmental change in the Temagami region, northeastern Ontario. Journal of Paleolimnology, 33(4), 445-461.
  • Bovet, J. (2005). The maleness of male beavers: A response to Margot Francis. Journal of Historical Sociology, 18(1-2), 122-124.
  • Bulte, E., & Rondeau, D. (2005). Why compensating wildlife damages may be bad for conservation. Journal of Wildlife Management, 69, 14-19.
  • Butler, D. R., & Malanson, G. P. (2005). The geomorphic influences of beaver dams and failures of beaver dams. Geomorphology, 71(1-2), 48-60.
  • Campbell, R. D., Rosell, F., Nolet, B. A., & Dijkstra, V. A. A. (2005). Territory and group sizes in Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber): echoes of settlement and reproduction? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 58(6), 597-607.
  • Casey, A., Krausman, P., Shaw, W., & Shaw, H. (2005). Knowledge of and attitudes toward mountain lions: a public survey of residents adjacent to Saguaro National park, Arizona. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 10, 29-38.
  • Caudill, C. C. (2005). Trout predators and demographic sources and sinks in a mayfly metapopulation. Ecology, 86(4), 935-946.
  • Ducroz, J. F., Stubbe, M., Saveljev, A. P., Heidecke, D., Samjaa, R., Ulevicius, A., et al. (2005). Genetic variation and population structure of the Eurasian beaver Castor fiber in Eastern Europe and Asia. Journal of Mammalogy, 86(6), 1059-1067.
  • Durka, W., Babik, W., Ducroz, J. F., Heidecke, D., Rosell, F., Samjaa, R., et al. (2005). Mitochondrial phylogeography of the Eurasian beaver Castor fiber L. Molecular Ecology, 14(12), 3843-3856.
  • Ervin, G. N. (2005). Spatio-temporally variable effects of a dominant macrophyte on vascular plant neighbors. Wetlands, 25(2), 317-325.
  • Fanden, A. (2005). Ageing the beaver (Castor fiber L.): A skeletal development and life history calendar based on epiphyseal fusion. Archaeofauna, 14, 199-213.
  • Gleason, J. S., Hoffman, R. A., & Wendland, J. M. (2005). Beavers, Castor canadensis, feeding on salmon carcasses: Opportunistic use of a seasonally superabundant food source. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 119(4), 591-593.
  • Hebblewhite, M., White, C. A., Nietvelt, C. G., McKenzie, J. A., Hurd, T. E., Fryxell, J. M., et al. (2005). Human activity mediates a trophic cascade caused by wolves. Ecology, 86(8), 2135-2144.
  • Hicks, B. J., Wipfli, M. S., Lang, D. W., & Lang, M. E. (2005). Marine-derived nitrogen and carbon in freshwater-riparian food webs of the Copper River Delta, southcentral Alaska. Oecologia, 144(4), 558-569.
  • Hofbauer, P., Schnake, F. G., Ramm, O. S., Lopez, A. J. L., Smulders, F. J. M., Bauer, F., et al. (2005). Studies on muscular topography and meat properties of beavers (Castor canadensis) caught in Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Wiener Tierarztliche Monatsschrift, 92(7), 157-164.
  • Jankowska, B., Zmijewski, T., Kwiatkowska, A., & Korzeniowski, W. (2005). The composition and properties of beaver (Castor fiber) meat. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 51(4), 283-286.
  • Jordan, C. N., Kaur, T., Koenen, K., DeStefano, S., Zajac, A. M., & Lindsay, D. S. (2005). Prevalence of agglutinating antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii and Sarcocystis neurona in beavers (Castor canadensis) from Massachusetts. Journal of Parasitology, 91(5), 1228-1229.
  • Kim, J. H., Lee, J. Y., & Choi, S. H. (2005). Odontoplasty for the treatment of malocclusion of the incisor teeth in a beaver (Castor canadensis). Veterinary Record, 156(4), 114-115.
  • Lawson, P. A., Foster, G., Falsen, E., Markopoulos, S. J., & Collins, M. D. (2005). Streptococcus castoreus sp nov., isolated from a beaver (Castor fiber). International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 55, 843-846.
  • MacCracken, J. G. a. L., A.D. (2005). Selection of in-stream wood structures by beaver in the Bear River, Southwest Washington. Northwestern Naturalist, 86(2), 49-58.
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  • Mayor, S. J., & Schaefer, J. A. (2005). The many faces of population density. Oecologia, 145(2), 276-281.
  • McNew, L. B., & Woolf, A. (2005). Dispersal and survival of juvenile beavers (Castor canadensis) in southern Illinois. American Midland Naturalist, 154(1), 217-228.
  • Morrison, A. (2005). Trial re-introduction of the European beaver to Knapdale: public health monitoring 2001-3. : Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Muller-Schwarze, D., & Haggart, D. P. (2005). From the field: A better beaver trap – new safety device for live traps. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 33(1), 359-361.
  • Nolet, B. (2005 ). Nature’s engineers: The beaver’s return to the Netherlands. . Seeking Nature’s Limits. Ecologists in the field. 259-264 259-264
  • Nolet, B. A., Broftova, L., Heitkonig, I. M. A., Vorel, A., & Kostkan, V. (2005). Slow growth of a translocated beaver population partly due to a climatic shift in food quality. Oikos, 111(3), 632-640.
  • Nummi, P. e. a. (2005). Breeding success of teals Anas crecca varies for different lakes. Suomen Riista, 51, 27-34.
  • Perkins, T. E., & Wilson, M. V. (2005). The impacts of Phalaris arundinacea (reed canarygrass) invasion on wetland plant richness in the Oregon Coast Range, USA depend on beavers. Biological Conservation, 124(2), 291-295.
  • Philip, L., & MacMillan, D. (2005). Exploring Values, Context and Perceptions in Contingent Valuation Studies: The CV Market Stall Technique and Willingness to Pay for Wildlife Conservation. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 48, 257-274.
  • Pollock, M., Pess, G., Beechie, T., & Montgomery, D. (2005). The Importance of Beaver (Castor Canadensis) to Coho Habitat and Trend in Beaver Abundance in the Oregon Coast Coho ESU (No. Part 4(C) ODFW (7)Beaver Final Report).
  • Potvin, F., Breton, L., & Courtois, R. (2005). Response of beaver, moose, and snowshoe hare to clear-cutting in a Quebec boreal forest: a reassessment 10 years after cut. Canadian Journal of Forest Research-Revue Canadienne De Recherche Forestiere, 35(1), 151-160.
  • Quinn, N. W. S. (2005). Reconstructing changes in abundance of White-tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus, Moose, Alces alces, and Beaver, Castor canadensis, in Algonquin Park, Ontario, 1860-2004. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 119(3), 330-342.
  • Reddoch, J. M., & Reddoch, A. H. (2005). Consequences of Beaver, Castor canadensis, flooding on a small shore fen in southwestern Quebec. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 119(3), 385-394.
  • Rosell, F., Bozser, O., Collen, P., & Parker, H. (2005). Mammal Review, 35(null), 248.
  • Rosell, F., Bozser, O., Collen, P., & Parker, H. (2005). Ecological impact of beavers Castor fiber and Castor canadensis and their ability to modify ecosystems. Mammal Review, 35(3-4), 248-276.
  • Rybczynski, N., Fish, F., McLellan, W. A., & Pabst, D. A. (2005). The beaver tail: Function in swimming and connective-tissue structure. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 45(6), 1187-1187.
  • Sager, H., Konjevic, D., Grubesic, M., Janicki, Z., Severin, K., & Beck, R. (2005). Stichorchis subtriquetrus in European beaver from Croatia: first report. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 51(1), 63-64.
  • Stanford, J. A., Lorang, M. S., & Hauer, F. R. (2005). Verhandlungen der Internationalen Vereinigung für Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie, 29(null), 123.
  • Tambets, M., Jarvekulg, R., Veeroja, R., Tambets, J., & Saat, T. (2005). Amplification of negative impact of beaver dams on fish habitats of rivers in extreme climatic condition. Abstract only Journal of Fish Biology, 67, 275-276.
  • Woodroffe, G. (2005). A trial reintroduction of the European Beaver. British Wildlife, 16, 381-384.

2004

  • Adams, W. M. (2004). Against extinction: the story of conservation. London: Earthscan.
  • Aguilar, A., Roemer, G., Debenham, S., Binns, M., Garcelon, D., & Wayne, R. (2004). High MHC diversity maintained by balancing selection in an otherwise genetically monomorphic mammal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 101, 3490-3494.
  • Andersone, A., & Ozolins, J. (2004). Food habits of wolves Canis lupus in Latvia. Acta Theriologica, 49(3), 357-367.
  • Benda, L., Poff, N. L., Miller, D., Dunne, T., Reeves, G., Pess, G. R., et al. (2004). BioScience, 54, 413.
  • Bonesi, L., & D.W., M. (2004). Differential habitat use promotes sustainable coexistence between the specialist otter and the generalist mink. Oikos, 106, 509-519.
  • Butts, W. L. (2004). Changes in distribution and abundance of mosquito populations in an ecological research tract over a 35-year period. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 20(3), 319-320.
  • Curtis, P. D., & Jensen, P. G. (2004). Habitat features affecting beaver occupancy along roadsides in New York state. Journal of Wildlife Management, 68(2), 278-287.
  • Drozdz, J., Demiaszkiewicz, A. W., & Lachowicz, J. (2004). Endoparasites of the beaver Castor fiber (L.) in northeast Poland. Helminthologia, 41(2), 99-101.
  • Forzan, M. J., & Frasca, S. (2004). Systemic toxoplasmosis in a five-month-old beaver, (Castor canadensis). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 35(1), 113-115.
  • Gallant, D., Berube, C. H., Tremblay, E., & Vasseur, L. (2004). An extensive study of the foraging ecology of beavers (Castor canadensis) in relation to habitat quality. Canadian Journal of Zoology-Revue Canadienne De Zoologie, 82(6), 922-933.
  • Gamborg, C., Sandøe, P. (2004). Beavers and biodiversity: the ethics of ecological restoration. In M. Oksanen, Pietarinen, J. (Ed.), Philosophy and Biodiversity (pp. 217-236). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gamborg, C., & Sandøe, P. (2004). Beavers and biodiversity: the ethics of ecological restoration. In M. Oksanen & J. Pietarinen (Eds.), Philosophy and Biodiversity (pp. 217-236). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hartke, K. M., & Hepp, G. R. (2004). Habitat use and preferences of breeding female wood ducks. Journal of Wildlife Management, 68(1), 84-93.
  • Hartman, G., & Axelsson, A. (2004). Effect of watercourse characteristics on food-caching behaviour by European beaver, Castor fiber. Animal Behaviour, 67, 643-646.
  • Herr, J., & Rosell, F. (2004). Use of space and movement patterns in monogamous adult Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber). Journal of Zoology, 262, 257-264.
  • Hillman, G. R., Feng, J. C., Feng, C. C., & Wang, Y. H. (2004). Effects of catchment characteristics and disturbances on storage and export of dissolved organic carbon in a boreal headwater stream. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 61(8), 1447-1460.
  • Industry, D. o. T. a. (2004). The Foresight Future Flooding Report. London: Office of Science and Technology.
  • Krylov, A. V. (2004). Distribution of zooplankton along the longitudinal profile of two disturbed small rivers of the Upper Volga basin. Russian Journal of Ecology, 35(5), 316-323.
  • Lesica, P., & Miles, S. (2004). Beavers indirectly enhance the growth of Russian olive and tamarisk along eastern Montana Rivers. Western North American Naturalist, 64(1), 93-100.
  • Lewkowicz, A. G., & Coultish, T. L. (2004). Beaver damming and palsa dynamics in a subarctic mountainous environment, Wolf Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada. Arctic Antarctic and Alpine Research, 36(2), 208-218.
  • Lindstrom, J. W., & Hubert, W. A. (2004). Ice processes affect habitat use and movements of adult cutthroat trout and brook trout in a Wyoming foothills stream. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 24(4), 1341-1352.
  • Lizarralde, M., Escobar, J., & Deferrari, G. (2004). Invader species in Argentina: A review about the beaver (Castor canadensis) population situation on Tierra del Fuego ecosystem. Interciencia, 29(7), 352-+.
  • McHale, M. R., Cirmo, C. P., Mitchell, M. J., & McDonnell, J. J. (2004). Wetland nitrogen dynamics in an Adirondack forested watershed. Hydrological Processes, 18(10), 1853-1870.
  • Milishnikov, A. N. (2004). Population-genetic structure of beaver (Castor fiber L., 1758) communities and estimation of effective reproductive size N-e of an elementary population. Russian Journal of Genetics, 40(7), 772-781.
  • Pollock, M. M., Pess, G. R., & Beechie, T. J. (2004). The importance of beaver ponds to coho salmon production in the Stillaguamish River basin, Washington, USA. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 24(3), 749-760.
  • Quinn, N. W. S. (2004). The presettlement hardwood forests and wildlife of Algonquin Provincial Park: A synthesis of historic evidence and recent research. Forestry Chronicle, 80(6), 705-717.
  • Ranheim, B., Rosell, F., Haga, H. A., & Arnemo, J. M. (2004). Field anaesthetic and surgical techniques for implantation of intraperitoneal radio transmitters in Eurasian beavers Castor fiber. Wildlife Biology, 10(1), 11-15.
  • Ray, H. L., Ray, A. M., & Rebertus, A. J. (2004). Rapid establishment of fish in isolated peatland beaver ponds. Wetlands, 24(2), 399-405.
  • Rinaldi, C., & Cole, T. M. (2004). Environmental seasonality and incremental growth rates of beaver (Castor canadensis) incisors: implications for palaeobiology. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 206(3-4), 289-301.
  • Ripple, W. J., & Beschta, R. L. (2004). Wolves and the ecology of fear: Can predation risk structure ecosystems? Bioscience, 54(8), 755-766.
  • Rosell, F., & Schulte, B. A. (2004). Sexual dimorphism in the development of scent structures for the obligate monogamous Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber). Journal of Mammalogy, 85(6), 1138-1144.
  • Rosell, F., & Steifetten, O. (2004). Subspecies discrimination in the Scandinavian beaver (Castor fiber): combining behavioral and chemical evidence. Canadian Journal of Zoology-Revue Canadienne De Zoologie, 82(6), 902-909.
  • Schley, L. (2004). Characteristics of trees and shrubs felled by a Eurasian beaver. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb., 105, 133-136.
  • Suzuki, N., & McComb, B. C. (2004). Associations of small mammals and amphibians with beaver-occupied streams in the oregon coast range. Northwest Science, 78(4), 286-293.
  • Tärnvik, A., Priebe, H.-S., & Grunow, R. (2004). Tularaemia in Europe: An epidemiological overview. Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases 36, 350-355.
  • Teels, B. M., Mazanti, L. E., & Rewa, C. A. (2004). Using an IBI to assess effectiveness of mitigation measures to replace loss of a wetland-stream ecosystem. Wetlands, 24(2), 375-384.
  • Telfer, E. S. (2004). Continuing environmental change – An example from Nova Scotia. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 118(1), 39-44.
  • Thomsen, D. R., Sharpe, F., & Rosell, F. (2004). Collapsing burrow causes death of a Eurasian beaver, Castor fiber. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 118(3), 434-435.
  • Williams, C. L., Breck, S. W., & Baker, B. W. (2004). Genetic methods improve accuracy of gender determination in beavers. Journal of Mammalogy, 85(6), 1145-1148.
  • Wilson, C. (2004). Could we live with reintroduced large carnivores in the UK? . Mammal Review, 34, 211-252.
  • Wilson, C. J. (2004). Could we live with reintroduced large carnivores in the UK? Mammal Review, 34(3), 211-232.
  • Wright, J. P., Gurney, W. S. C., & Jones, C. G. (2004). Patch dynamics in a landscape modified by ecosystem engineers. Oikos, 105(2), 336-348.

2003

  • Allen, T. F. H., Giampietro, M., & Little, A. M. (2003). Distinguishing ecological engineering from environmental engineering. Ecological Engineering, 20(5), 389-407.
  • Baker, B. W., Hill, E. P. (2003). Beaver (Castor canadensis). In G. A. Feldhamer, Thompson, B. C., Chapman, J. A. (Ed.), Wild Mammals of North America: Biology, Management, and Conservation. (Second Edition ed., pp. 288-310). Baltimore, Maryland, USA.: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Bluzma, P. (2003). Beaver abundance and beaver site use in a hilly landscape (eastern Lithuania). Acta Zoologica Lituanica, 13(1), 8-14.
  • Breck, S. W., & Gaynor, J. S. (2003). Comparison of isoflurane and sevoflurane for anesthesia in beaver. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 39(2), 387-392.
  • Breck, S. W., Wilson, K. R., & Andersen, D. C. (2003). Beaver herbivory and its effect on cottonwood trees: Influence of flooding along matched regulated and unregulated rivers. River Research and Applications, 19(1), 43-58.
  • Breck, S. W., Wilson, K. R., & Andersen, D. C. (2003). Beaver herbivory of willow under two flow regimes: A comparative study on the green and Yampa Rivers. Western North American Naturalist, 63(4), 463-471.
  • Brown, T. N., Johnston, C. A., & Cahow, K. R. (2003). Lateral flow routing into a wetland: field and model perspectives. Geomorphology, 53(1-2), 11-23.
  • Buller, H. (2003). Where the wild things are: the evolving iconography of rural fauna. Journal of Rural Studies, 10, 131-141.
  • Cope, D., Pettifor, R., Griffin, L., & Rowcliffe, J. (2003). Integrating farming and wildlife conservation: the Barnacle Goose Management Scheme. Biological Conservation, 110, 113-122.
  • Cullen, C. L. (2003). Normal ocular features, conjunctival microflora and intraocular pressure in the Canadian beaver (Castor canadensis). Veterinary Ophthalmology, 6(4), 279-284.
  • Cvetkovich, G., & Winter, P. (2003). Trust and social representations of the management of threatened and endangered species. Environment and Behavior, 35, 286-307.
  • DeGraaf, R. M., & Yamasaki, M. (2003). Options for managing early-successional forest and shrubland bird habitats in the northeastern United States. Forest Ecology and Management, 185(1-2), 179-191.
  • DeStefano, S., & DeGraaf, R. M. (2003). Exploring the ecology of suburban wildlife. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 1(2), 95-101.
  • Duggal, P., Klein, A. P., Lee, K. E., Klein, R., Bailey-Wilson, J., & Klein, B. K. (2003). Segregation analysis of intraocular pressure in the beaver dam eye study. American Journal of Human Genetics, 73(5), 400-400.
  • Ericsson, G., & Heberlein, T. (2003). Attitudes of hunters, locals, and the general public in Sweden now that the wolves are back. . Biological Conservation, 111, 149-159.
  • Fustec, J., Cormier, J. P., & Lode, T. (2003). Beaver lodge location on the upstream Loire River. Comptes Rendus Biologies, 326, S192-S199.
  • Gabrys, G., & Wazna, A. (2003). Subspecies of the European beaver Castor fiber Linnaeus, 1758. Acta Theriologica, 48(4), 433-439.
  • K, J., D, G., N, W., & M, G. (2003). Felling and foraging: results of the first year of beaver (Castor fiber) activity in an enclosed Scottish site. Lutra, 46, 163-172.
  • Litvaitis, J. A. (2003). Are pre-Columbian conditions relevant baselines for managed forests in the northeastern United States? Forest Ecology and Management, 185(1-2), 113-126.
  • Mascia, M. B., Brosius, J. P., Dobson, T. A., Forbes, B. C., Horowitz, L., McKean, M. A., et al. (2003). Conservation and the Social Sciences. Conservation Biology, 17(3), 649-650.
  • McKinstry, M. C., & Anderson, S. H. (2003). Survival, fates, and success of transplanted beavers (Castor canadensis) in Wyoming. Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation, 26(3), 17-23.
  • McTaggart, S. T., & Nelson, T. A. (2003). Composition and demographics of beaver (Castor canadensis) colonies in central Illinois. American Midland Naturalist, 150(1), 139-150.
  • Müller-Schwarze, D., & Sun, L. (2003). The beaver: natural history of wetland engineers: Cornell University Press.
  • Naughton-Treves, L., Grossberg, R., & Treves, A. (2003). Paying for tolerance: rural citizens’ attitudes toward wolf depredation and compensation. Conservation Biology, 17, 1500-1511.
  • Nyhus, P., Osofsky, S., Ferraro, P., Madden, F., & Fischer, H. (2003). Bearing the costs of human-wildlife conflict: the challenges of compensation schemes. In R. Woodroffe, S. Thirgood & A. Rabinowitz (Eds.), People and Wildlife, Conflict or Coexistence? (pp. 107-121). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pearson, M. P., & Healey, M. C. (2003). Life-history characteristics of the endangered Salish Sucker (Catostomus sp.) and their implications for management. Copeia(4), 759-768.
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  • Pollock, M. M., Heim, M., & Werner, D. (2003). American Fisheries Society Symposium, 37(null), 213.
  • Raffel, T. R., & Gatz, A. J. (2003). The orientation of beavers (Castor canadensis) when cutting trees. Ohio Journal of Science, 103(5), 143-146.
  • Rikkinen, J. (2003). New resinicolous ascomycetes from beaver scars in western North America. Annales Botanici Fennici, 40(6), 443-450.
  • Rosemond, A. D., & Anderson, C. B. (2003). Engineering role models: do non-human species have the answers? Ecological Engineering, 20(5), 379-387.
  • Sears, H. J., Theberge, J. B., Theberge, M. T., Thornton, I., & Campbell, G. D. (2003). Landscape influence on Canis morphological and ecological variation in a Coyote-Wolf C-lupus x latrans hybrid zone, southeastern Ontario. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 117(4), 589-600.
  • Sharpe, F., & Rosell, F. (2003). Time budgets and sex differences in the Eurasian beaver. Animal Behaviour, 66, 1059-1067.
  • Sheail, J. (2003). Government and the management of an alien pest species: a British perspective. Landscape Research, 28, 101-111.
  • Shirley, M. D. F., Rushton, S. P., Smith, G. C., South, A. B., & Lurz, P. W. W. (2003). Investigating the spatial dynamics of bovine tuberculosis in badger populations: evaluating an individual-based simulation model. Ecological Modelling, 167, 139-157.
  • Sidorovich, V. E., Tikhomirova, L. L., & Jedrzejewska, B. (2003). Wolf Canis lupus numbers, diet and damage to livestock in relation to hunting and ungulate abundance in northeastern Belarus during 1990-2000. Wildlife Biology, 9(2), 103-111.
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  • Wright, J. P., Flecker, A. S., & Jones, C. G. (2003). Local vs. landscape controls on plant species richness in beaver meadows. Ecology, 84(12), 3162-3173.

More to come….