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 Scholarships on restoration of mine impacted streams (10 March 2015)

Our Freshwater Ecology Research Team here at Canterbury University has positions for two PhD students on restoration of mine impacted streams, one in water chemistry and the other in freshwater ecology. Our team has completed 10 years of research focusing on gold and coal mines and is now beginning work on a wider range of mining activities throughout New Zealand. See the full advertisement for more information on these two positions (PDF 100KB). Applications close 10 April 2015.

Water Symposium success (1 December 2014)

The Water Symposium was held in Blenheim last week, which was the annual meeting of the NZ Freshwater Sciences Group, NZ Hydrological Society and the IPENZ Rivers Group where several students from FERG gained prizes:

Mark Galatowitsch, PhD candidate – SIL Trust prize for best overall student oral presentation
Sophie Hunt, MSc candidate – SIL Trust prize for best oral presentation by an MSc/Hons student
Steve Pohe, PhD candidate – Golder’s award for best applied poster

CAREX article - "starting at the top" (18 November 2014)

Recently Whakaora te Waihora spoke to Professor Jon Harding about the work that the CAREX team are doing. Canterbury Waterway Restoration Experiment (CAREX) is funded by the Mackenzie Charitable Foundation of Ashburton and two of the ten research sites from this project are in the Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere catchment. Read what Professor Harding says about how "starting at the top" is critical for restoration of the lake.