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, Associate 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.
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
FERG studies in the national news (04 April 2013)
A study on the impact of trout on two widespread species of native fish was recently broadcast on the national news. Darragh Woodford (South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity and former FERG PhD student) and Angus McIntosh confirmed that the native fish studied were vulnerable to trout predation.
Researchers are suggesting management activities to exclude trout from some streams to protect native fish.
More on the subject: http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/8480123/Trout-harming-native-fish.