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ResearcherCatherine Febria

CAREX/Freshwater Ecology
Julius von Haast 334
Internal Phone: 95148


Research Interests

My research interests sit at the nexus of freshwater, ecosystem and restoration ecology. I am involved in multiple projects within the Freshwater Ecology Research Group (FERG). My main role as Director and Scientist with the Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment (CAREX) involves a research programme to address freshwater health issues in agricultural waterways, and are generating robust science to underpin restoration and management decisions.

I am co-leader on New Zealand's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge Project 3.4 - Reigniting healthy resilience: Using functional traits to achieve stream restoration. We are a team comprised of early-career researchers, combining data syntheses and experimental approaches to test food web theory in a stream restoration context.

I am also interested in broader questions around the what drives variability in freshwater ecosystems. I use temporary streams, microbial communities and nutrient dynamics in human-impacted systems to explore interactions between ecosystem structure and function. I also work towards linking science with policy and am a Young Fellow on the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Recent Publications

  • Datry T., Foulquier A., Corti R., von Schiller D., Tockner K., Mendoza-Lera C., Clément JC., Gessner MO., Moleón M. and Stubbington R. (2018) A global analysis of terrestrial plant litter dynamics in non-perennial waterways. Nature Geoscience : 1-7.
  • Hosen JD., Febria CM., Crump BC. and Palmer MA. (2017) Watershed Urbanization Linked to Differences in Stream Bacterial Community Composition. Frontiers in Microbiology 8 1452
  • McIntosh AR., Leigh C., Boersma KS., McHugh PA., Febria C. and García-Berthou E. (2017) Food webs and trophic interactions in intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams. In Datry T; Bonda N; Boulton A (Ed.), Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams: Ecology and Management: 323-347. London: Academic Press.
  • O'Brien JM., Warburton HJ., Elizabeth Graham S., Franklin HM., Febria CM., Hogsden KL., Harding JS. and McIntosh AR. (2017) Leaf litter additions enhance stream metabolism, denitrification, and restoration prospects for agricultural catchments. Ecosphere 8(11)
  • Romaní AM., Chauvet E., Febria C., Mora-Gómez J., Risse-Buhl U., Timoner X., Weitere M. and Zeglin L. (2017) The Biota of Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams: Prokaryotes, Fungi, and Protozoans. Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams: Ecology and Management: 161-188.