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.


The latest from the CAREX team (11 December 2015)

Bioreactor installations, macrophyte trial results and what is the MCI?...check out that and more in our December CAREX newsletter on the CAREX website!

Student success at the NZFSS Conference (27 November 2015)

The NZFSS and ASL joint conference was held in Wellington on the 23-26 November. Three of our FERG students were awarded for their presentations. Congratulations to Katie Collins (PhD candidate) who took the award for Golders and Associates Best Student Applied Oral Presentation, Richard White (PhD candidate) was awarded Department of Conservation Best Student Conservation Oral Presentation and Channell Thoms (Masters candidate) took the award for Best Masters or Honours Oral Presentation. Pictured below are FERG members dressed for the conference dinner, "A Night at the Museum".


Award for Professor Jon Harding (22 October 2015)

The winner of the College of Science Excellence in Research Linkages Award 2015 is Professor Jon Harding of the School of Biological Sciences. Working with other UC colleagues and those from CRL Energy Ltd as well as Landcare and the University of Otago, Jon has led a team formed in 2004 aimed at improving management and environmental outcomes for the mining sector. This work, funded by MBIE, has been guided with input from the regional councils, mining companies, and iwi advisory groups, and has produced improved environmental outcomes as a result of the research input.