Jon Harding

Dean of Postgraduate ResearchJonathan Harding

Professor in Stream Biology
Matariki L5 Nth
Internal Phone: 95135

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Research interest is applied stream ecology with emphasis on the impacts of human land-use activities (e.g. mining, urbanisation, agriculture, forestry and hydro-electric power development) and forest fragmentation. Specific interests are: the effects of long-term land use activities on stream ecosystems, with particular emphasis on benthic diversity and impacts on regionally endemic species; predicting anthropogenic impacts on river continuums; the application of stream ecology in biomonitoring and the development of State of the Environment programs; taxonomy and ecology of aquatic invertebrates; stream restoration ecology; and environmental education.

Recent Publications

  • Bray J., Kilroy C., Gerbeaux P. and Harding JS. (2017) Ecological eustress? Nutrient supply, bloom stimulation and competition determine dominance of the diatom Didymosphenia geminata. Freshwater Biology 62: 1433-1442.
  • Bray J., O Brien J. and Harding JS. (2017) Production of phosphatase and extracellular stalks as adaptations to phosphorus limitation in Didymosphenia geminata (Bacillariophyceae). Hydrobiologia 784(1): 51-63.
  • Champeau O., Cavanagh JAE., Sheehan TJ., Tremblay LA. and Harding JS. (2017) Acute toxicity of arsenic to larvae of four New Zealand freshwater insect taxa. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 51(3): 443-454.
  • Hawke DJ., Gamlen-Greene R., Harding JS. and Leishman D. (2017) Minimal ecosystem uptake of selenium from Westland petrels, a forest-breeding seabird. Science of the Total Environment 574: 148-154.
  • 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)