International research group 2003-2006

Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation invited applications at the beginning of year 2003 for funding intended for the working of an international research group in Finland. The Foundation received 11 applications by the deadline. The governing board of the Foundation decided to award the funding to the project:

Human impacts on biodiversity in the Baltic Sea - invasion of an alien predator and return of a native top-predator
prof. Erkki Korpimäki & research group
University of Turku, Department of Biology, Section of Ecology
Total 250 000 € (for the years 2003 - 2006)

The research group includeded: Mikael Nordström (PostDoc), Karen Fey (PhD student), Pälvi Salo (PhD student) and Australian professors Chris R. Dickman (University of Sydney) and Peter B. Banks (University of New South Wales).

The aim of the project was to investigate the effects of island characters, removal of feral mink and occurrence of sea eagles on the biodiversity, including birds, small mammals, amphibians and plants.