Wetlands are rich in biodiversity, but globally threatened by many anthropogenic factors. Wetlands and their associated species, e.g. amphibians and bats, have been in drastic decline in many areas. Much of wetland management has been motivated by interest of improving the habitats of hunted waterfowl, benefiting also other species. We are studying the methods and their effect to wetland ecosystems.
Our studies about the effects of wetland restoration covers many species from invertebrates to waterbirds.
Removal experiments of alien predators are an example of hands-on research. In Viikki bay nature conservation area next to the University campus, a continuous predator removal project takes place. Actual removal is carried out by a hunting organization of university students, Viikin akateemiset metsästäjät.
Ducks are important game birds. We are studying the effects of hunting to duck populations.
Many waterbird populations have declined. In our research we try to identify bottlenecks affecting waterbird breeding success. Our aim is to develop mitigation measures with which breeding success could be improved.