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.


Crazy and Ambitious 2017 (14 June 2017)

Watch Katie Collins' talk from Crazy and Ambitious 2017. This was the first national meeting of the New Zealand’s Biological Heritage Ngā Koiora Tuku Iho National Science Challenge. The talk is titled “Moving beyond riparian fencing: partnering ecosystem scaling, services and society to achieve stream restoration”.

CAREX Newsletter (31 May 2017)

Check out the May issue of CAREX News to read about maintaining riparian plantings, our wetland construction, research updates and more.

Re-building Healthy Resilience - RadioNZ (26 January 2017)

CAREX team member Dr. Catherine Febria spoke with Kathryn Ryan on Radio NZ's Nine to Noon this morning on rebuilding healthy resilience in streams and rivers. In case you missed it, listen here: "Rebuilding healthy rivers".

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.