Freshwater Ecology Research Group
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 Freshwater Restoration Ecology (25 February 2014)
We offer a fully funded PhD studentship in freshwater and restoration ecology research. This is a chance for a high-calibre student to join a successful research team investigating important applied issues and the fundamental processes which underpin them, to find solutions in an agricultural landscape. Full details, PDF (170KB).
Congratulations Professor! (09 December 2013)
Congratulations to Jon Harding for being promoted to the rank of Professor!
A warm welcome to Catherine Febria, our newest FERG member! (04 November 2013)
Catherine Febria is joining FERG from the University of Maryland (USA). In Maryland, she worked with Margaret Palmer on several syntheses related to ecosystem vs. ecosystem service restoration in urban and agricultural streams and rivers. She also took part in an empirical study of the source, transport and fate of dissolved organic carbon and other nutrients within urbanizing stream networks. In 2010, she completed her PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto (Canada) where she studied the microbial and ecosystem ecology of hyporheic zones in the lab of Dudley Williams. In 2005, she completed an MSc in Limnology/Biogeochemistry from Simon Fraser University (Canada) where she studied biogeochemical processes in Canadian arctic floodplain lakes with advisor Lance Lesack. As part of FERG, she is excited to be a part of the Mackenzie Project, putting the recent syntheses on freshwater management into practice through a series of multi-year trials on agriculturally-impacted waterways of Canterbury. She arrives in New Zealand with husband Peter and 2-year old daughter Emilia.
The "Freshwaters of New Zealand" book is now available online (02 October 2013)
To download individual chapters or the book in its entirety follow this link: Freshwaters of New Zealand