to study, manage and conserve wetland ecosystems
Boreal forests with their numerous wetlands cover a vast area in the northern hemisphere. They are therefore the most important waterfowl production areas of Europe, for example, although their duck densities are not high.
Many aspects of boreal wetlands remain poorly studied. The ecology of boreal seasonal and semi-permanent forest ponds are especially unknown, although we know that these kinds of habitats are extremely important to many kinds of organisms, e.g. water birds, frogs and dytiscid beetles.
Our aim is to focus on species interactions in wetlands, and on the effect of ecosystem engineers on ecosystem structure and function.