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.


Native crayfish sustainability (4 October 2016)

With scholarship funding and support from the UC Ngāi Tahu Research Centre (NTRC), Channell Thoms, who is a descendant of Ngāi Tahu from Ngati Kuri hapu with whakapapa to Maungamanu, has just completed her Master’s thesis on freshwater crayfish or kekewai (Paranephrops zealandicus).

Read all about Channell's research at UC Communications.

CAREX Newsletter (27 September 2016)

Check out the September issue of CAREX News to see what the team have been up to over winter. Community planting day, treating 'hotspots' and more.

MPI's "Growing our future" initiative (9 September 2016)

Recently, CAREX chatted with Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) about the work they are doing on a Canterbury arable farm as part of Katie Collins PhD research. The interview is part of MPI's "Growing our future" initiative showcasing local champions in the primary industry. Watch the interview and learn more about the initiative at www.mpi.govt.nz.

Didymo directly affects freshwater fish: new study (16 August 2016)

A new study has shown that the invasive freshwater algae didymo is having a significant impact on fish in our rivers and streams.

Research by University of Canterbury (UC) ecologist Professor Jon Harding and NIWA scientist Dr Phil Jellyman shows that the invasive freshwater algae can have a significant impact on fish communities in rivers and streams. Read the full story at UC Communications.