Freshwater Ecology Research Group

Photos courtesy of Professor Angus McIntosh ©EcologyLive

Intersted in doing a PhD in freshwater ecology? Check out our latest positions via Quicklinks (situated on the right) and select Opportunities


Three PhD positions in braided river terrestrial inverts, lake fish and stream metacommunities open from January 2023

The Freshwater Ecology Research Group (FERG) is a co-operative group of researchers, including experienced academic staff, early career researchers, students and technicians based in the School of Biological Sciences. The group provides a framework for sharing of knowledge, equipment, and technical and administrative assistance.

We run regular lab meetings, co-ordinate social and outreach activities, host visitors, and manage a central knowledgebase of community, habitat and methodological information. This provides an excellent platform for members to launch their research activities by providing intellectual stimulation and discussion, practical training, efficient access to resources, help with organisation of logistics, and most importantly a friendly place to work.  This has underpinned our many student and early career researcher successes, as well as the creation of the knowledge and solutions to problems summarised in our outputs and research pages.

Find us on facebook! @UCNZferg

Group Leaders

Angus McIntosh

Freshwater Ecology
Julius von Haast 333
Internal Phone: 95186

Jonathan Tonkin

Senior Lecturer and Rutherford Discovery Fellow
Population and Community Ecology

Helen Warburton

Freshwater Ecology
Beatrice Tinsley Rm 424

Tadeu Siqueira

Senior Lecturer
Internal Phone: 92446

Issie Barrett

Lecturer, River Restoration Practice
Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management
Beatrice Tinsley Rm 428
Internal Phone: 91368