Freshwater Ecology Research Group

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The Freshwater Ecology Research Group (FERG) is a large research group within the School of Biological Sciences, consisting of Professor Angus McIntosh, Professor Jon Harding, and Emeritus Professor Mike Winterbourn, plus numerous post-doctoral research fellows, graduate students and technical support personnel.

FERG research is primarily field-based, and covers a broad array of applied and theoretical ecological topics including the natural history of New Zealand’s freshwater biota, the influence of land-use change, acid mine drainage, ecosystem size and disturbance on stream communities, and biogeochemistry and nutrient cycling.

Research in the Freshwater Ecology Research Group is diverse, with projects including:

  • Riparian Management Mackenzie Project
  • Ecology of Urban Streams
  • Acid Mine Drainage
  • Populations and Communities
  • Ecology of Standings
  • Ecosystem Size
  • Aquatic-Terrestrial Linkages
  • Forest Fragmentation

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The Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment (CAREX) is a stakeholder-driven region-wide stream restoration experiment. We work with farmers, councils, iwi and the public to co-develop, co-design and trial solutions to rehabilitate freshwater ecosystem health. We focus on solutions that have the potential to scale and be applied across waterways in Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.

For advice

Angus McIntosh

Deputy Head of School
Freshwater Ecology
Julius von Haast 226
Internal Phone: 95186

Jonathan Harding

Dean of Postgraduate Research
Professor in Stream Biology
Matariki L5 Nth
Internal Phone: 95135

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