Not just the beavers take advantage of the pond ecosystems they form, other species appreciate the pond habitat as well. River otters can be observed in the older and deeper beaver-formed ponds that we study in the Talladega National Forest. Take a look at this video of river otters playing in an approximately 60 year-old beaver pond during one of graduate student Thomas Olinger's angling surveys (fast-forward to 1 minute in the video to see the otters):
The lab is hosting Dr. Tad Fukami, a community ecologist from Stanford, for a departmental seminar this week! Please be sure to sign up for a meeting or lunch, and attend the seminar.
The seminar will be from 12-1 in North Lawn Hall 1014 and is entitled, "Embracing historical contingency in ecological community assembly: current status of the field and some insights from nectar microbes"
You can find out more about Dr. Fukami's research here: http://web.stanford.edu/~fukamit/