Mikhaela Neelin

Student Speaker | Étudiant.e
Southern species have been moving farther into northern ecosystems as climate change renders this environment more suitable for them. Across North America, beavers have been expanding northwards and have been observed well above the treeline. As ecosystem engineers, beavers drastically modify the freshwater ecosystem, making the environment increasingly suitable for southern species. This presentation will describe the expansion of beavers in Nunavik, different methods to identify beaver presence (including remote sensing, local knowledge, and surveys), and their impacts on the Arctic landscape, wildlife, and people.