Ferg - Biological Sciences - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Freshwater Ecology Research Group

Photos courtesy of Professor Angus McIntosh

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.


PhD Scholarship in Food Web and Restoration Ecology (12 January 2017)

We are looking for a student who is interested in applying food web theory, and functional trait ecology to develop a new framework for restoring degraded biotic communities in freshwater ecosystems. Includes a NZ $27,500 per annum student stipend (i.e., tax free living allowance) and funding to cover course fees and research expenses for three years. Applications close 10 February 2017 Full details here

Recently funded work - Biological Heritage (9 January 2017)

The recently funded study is part of one of the Government's National Science Challenges, targeted at biological heritage. The team is made up of a number of FERG members along with Dr Elizabeth Graham from NIWA and Dr Adrian Meredith from ECan. The focus of the project will be to restore and future-proof indigenous biological heritage by overcoming negative resistance and resilience in degraded ecosystems. You can read all about it on the Biological Heritage webiste and it was also featured in the NZ Herald last week.

CAREX Newsletter (23 December 2016)

Check out the December issue of CAREX News to read what the team have been up to. Brandon's woodchip experiment, science outreach, habitat assessments and more.

CAREX article in Central Rural Life (21 December 2016)

CAREX member, Kristy Hogsden, outlined some of our research findings to Central Rural Life this week. Read about how dealing with oversteepened and slumping banks can make a big difference to the health of a waterway and see the difference that the combination of fencing, planting and bank re-shaping can make.

Student success at the NZFSS conference (9 December 2016)

Members of FERG travelled down to the annual New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Conference this week in Invercargill. Congratulations to Nixie Boddy, PhD candidate, who won best conservation-related student presentation award sponsored by DOC. Also to Chris Meijer, MSc candidate, who won the best student poster and best live poster presentation awards. Pictured below are members of FERG dressed for the 'roaring 20s' themed conference dinner.