UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Catherine M Febria

Biological Sciences

Fields of Research

  • freshwater ecology
  • ecosystem science
  • restoration
  • ecosystem services
  • translation ecology
  • microbial ecology
  • aquatic biogeochemistry
  • socio-ecological systems

Researcher Summary

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).

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Projects

Research Groups

Key Methodologies

  • ecological synthesis

Prizes and Awards

  • Young Fellow - UN IPBES ( 2015 - 2018)

Student Supervision

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  • PhD - Collins K: 2014-PhD/DMA/EdD-Collins, Kathryn Elizabeth (2017)
  • PhD - Goeller B: 2015-PhD/DMA/EdD-Goeller, Brandon (2018)
  • PhD - Thoms C: Kekewai (Paranephrops zealandicus) and kakahi (Echyridella menziesii) as biological tools and indicators for stream restoration
  • Masters - Green T: The role of instream microhabitat and the efficacy of microhabitat addition as a restoration tool in Canterbury’s lowland waterways

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Hosen JD., Febria CM., Crump BC. and Palmer MA. (2017) Watershed Urbanization Linked to Differences in Stream Bacterial Community Composition. Frontiers in Microbiology 8: 1452-1452. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.01452. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. (Chapters)
  • 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) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2018. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803835-2.00009-7. (Chapters)
  • Romaní AM., Chauvet E., Febria CM., Mora J., Risse-Buhl U., Timoner X. and Zeglin L. (2017) The biota of intermittent rivers: bacteria, fungi and protozoans. In Datry T; Bonanda N; Boulton A (Ed.), Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams (1st Edition ed.): 161-188.Academic Press. (Chapters)
  • Goeller BC., Febria CM., Harding JS. and McIntosh AR. (2016) Thinking beyond the Bioreactor Box: Incorporating Stream Ecology into Edge-of-Field Nitrate Management. Journal of Environmental Quality 45(3): 866-872. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2015.06.0325. (Journal Articles)
  • Saunders MI., Brown CJ., Foley MM., Febria CM., Albright R., Mehling MG., Kavanaugh MT. and Burfeind DD. (2016) Human impacts on connectivity in marine and freshwater ecosystems assessed using graph theory: A review. Marine and Freshwater Research 67(3): 277-290. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14358. (Journal Articles)
  • Febria CM., Hosen JD., Crump BC., Palmer MA. and Williams DD. (2015) Microbial responses to changes in flow status in temporary headwater streams: a cross-system comparison. Frontiers in Microbiology 6 522: 18pp. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2015.00522. (Journal Articles)
  • Febria CM., Koch BJ. and Palmer MA. (2015) Operationalizing an ecosystem services-based approach for managing river biodiversity. In Martin-Ortega J; Ferrier RC; Gordon IJ; Khan S (Ed.), Water Ecosystem Services: A Global Perspective: 26-34. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Chapters)
  • Koch BJ., Febria CM., Cooke RM., Hosen JD., Baker ME., Colson AR., Filoso S., Hayhoe K., Loperfido JV. and Stoner AMK. (2015) Suburban watershed nitrogen retention: Estimating the effectiveness of stormwater management structures. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 3: 18. http://dx.doi.org/10.12952/journal.elementa.000063. (Journal Articles)
  • Koch BJ., Filoso S., Cooke RM., Hosen JD., Colson AR., Febria CM. and Palmer MA. (2015) Reply to comment on "Suburban watershed nitrogen retention: Estimating the effectiveness of stormwater management structures" by Koch et al. (Elem Sci Anth 3:000063, July 2015). Elementa 3: 3pp. http://dx.doi.org/10.12952/journal.elementa.000079. (Journal Articles)
  • Hosen JD., McDonough OT., Febria CM. and Palmer MA. (2014) Dissolved organic matter quality and bioavailability changes across an urbanization gradient in headwater streams. Environmental Science and Technology 48(14): 7817-7824. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es501422z. (Journal Articles)
  • Koch BJ., Febria CM., Gevrey M., Wainger LA. and Palmer MA. (2014) Nitrogen removal by stormwater management structures: A data synthesis. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 50(6): 1594-1607. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jawr.12223. (Journal Articles)
  • Febria CM., Beddoes P., Fulthorpe RR. and Williams DD. (2012) Bacterial community dynamics in the hyporheic zone of an intermittent stream. ISME Journal 6(5): 1078-1088. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ismej.2011.173. (Journal Articles)
  • Sellner KG., Palmer MA., Wainger L., Davis AP., Benham B., Ling EJ. and Yagow G. (2012) Promoting successful restoration through effective monitoring in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed - Non-tidal wetlands.. In Metrics and Protocols for Progress Assessment in Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Grants., Commissioned by National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. 474. (Reports)
  • Febria CM. (2010) The molecular ecology of hyporheic zones. Toronto. University of Toronto. (Theses / Dissertations)
  • Febria CM. (2010) The molecular ecology of hyporheic zones: Characterization of dissolved organic matter and bacterial communities in contrasting stream ecosystems. Toronto, ON. University of Toronto. (Theses / Dissertations)
  • Febria CM., Fulthorpe RR. and Williams DD. (2010) Characterizing seasonal changes in physicochemistry and bacterial community composition in hyporheic sediments. Hydrobiologia 647(1): 113-126. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-009-9882-x. (Journal Articles)
  • Williams DD., Febria CM. and Schriever TA. (2009) Structure and mechanics of intermittent Wetland communities: Bacteria to Anacondas. International Wetlands: Ecology, Conservation and Restoration: 17-55. (Chapters)
  • Verdonschot RCM., Febria CM. and Williams DD. (2008) Fluxes of dissolved organic carbon, other nutrients and microbial communities in a water-filled treehole ecosystem. Hydrobiologia 596(1): 17-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-007-9054-9. (Journal Articles)
  • Febria CM., Lesack LFW., Gareis JAL. and Bothwell ML. (2006) Patterns of hydrogen peroxide among lakes of the Mackenzie Delta, western Canadian Arctic. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63(9): 2107-2118. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/F06-106. (Journal Articles)
  • Febria CM. (2005) Patterns of hydrogen peroxide among lakes of the Mackenzie Delta and potential effects on bacterial production. Burnaby, BC. Simon Fraser University. (Theses / Dissertations)
  • Febria CM., Magnusson AK. and Williams DD. (2005) Seasonal abundance and prey selection of the nymphs of three sympatric species of Sympetrum (Odonata : Libellulidae) in an intermittent pond. CANADIAN ENTOMOLOGIST 137(6): 723-727. (Journal Articles)