Dr. William Megill has researched jellyfish, whales, and otters and has led Earthwatch teams for more than a decade.
“The beaver's role as an ecosystem engineer will mean that a management plan designed for it will also have wide-ranging implications,” Dr. Megill has written. “For example, setting aside a 20-meter strip of land along beaver creeks would be a big plus for local biodiversity, as these interface areas are crucial for many other species. The establishment and maintenance of that same buffer would also reduce the impact of beaver foraging on local agriculture.”
Why Work with Earthwatchers
“This project would not be possible without the assistance of volunteers. The project staff is small, and the time required to collect the data is well beyond what we could do on our own. Also, in my past experience working with Earthwatch volunteers, their input—not just of field assistance, but of enthusiasm—was as important to morale as it was to the quality of the data collected.”