Beaver dams: Beneficial for watersheds?

February 6, 2023

Billy Beck (right), Iowa State Extension and Outreach forestry specialist, and Andrew Rupiper, graduate student in natural resource ecology and management, at a beaver dam study site in central Iowa. Iowa Learning Farms photo. 

Virtual Field Day - Beavers: Superheroes for Water Quality?

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 1:00pm

Learn about a study of beaver dams and their impact on nutrients and hydrology with Billy Beck, assistant professor and extension forestry specialist at Iowa State University and Andrew Rupiper, graduate research assistant , natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State. The free, virtual field day is hosted by the Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG).

Funded by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, researchers are working to quantify hydrologic impacts of beaver dams in the stream system and their effect on nutrients and sediment to determine the influences these ecosystem engineers have within their watershed. Find more details at: Virtual Field Day - Beavers: Superheroes for Water Quality? — Iowa Learning Farms

Focus on the Future: Students & Their Contributions to Water Quality Research - November 8, 2023

Topics and Presenters:

Saturated riparian buffer designs: how  this best management practice accelerates water quality benefits and career opportunities.
- Tyler Groh
, Assistant Research Professor and Watershed Management Extension Specialist at Penn State University, former postdoc for ISU's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. 

Sediment and Nutrient Dynamics of Beaver Dam Complexes on the Des Moines Lobe, Iowa
- Andrew Rupiper –Graduate Research Assistant (MS), Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, in the Billy Beck Lab