Priority Research Theme: End of River Environments

The purpose of the End of River Environments priority research theme is to develop best practice for the protection of ecological, iwi, community and recreational values in lower catchment environments, such as river mouths, coastal lakes and estuaries. The project lead is Prof. Jenny Webster-Brown (Director, WCFM).

Sunset over Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. Photo: Graham Dean (LPSNZ):

Researchers affiliated with this theme are listed below.


Fields of Research

Prof Tim Clough

Biogeochemistry and environmental science. Stable isotope science and methodology, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. (LU Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences)

Prof Thomas Cochrane

Hydrology, hydropower, water resources modelling, sediment transport and erosion, irrigation, storm water modelling and monitoring (UC, Civil and Natural Resources Engineering)

Professor Jon Harding

Aquatic entomology, biomonitoring, fresh water biology, land use impacts, restoration, conservation ecology, urban waterways (UC , School of Biological Sciences)

Dr Deirdre Hart

Coastal and fluvial, coastal oceanography and engineering (UC, Geography)

Dr Michael Hickford

Fish biology, whitebait, aquatic ecology. (UC, School of Biological Sciences)

Prof. Ken Hughey

Integrated water resources management, with a focus on Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, river values prioritisation, bird habitat use in braided riverbeds. (LU, Department of Environmental Management).

Dr Niklas Lehto Trace metal kinetics and speciation in aquatic systems (LU, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences)
Prof. Angus McIntosh

Freshwater ecosystems, including streams, wetlands and lakes. Freshwater fish. Food web ecology. Predator-prey interactions. Restoration and rehabilitation. Invasions and non-native species. Conservation Biology. Freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem functions. • Land-use influences on freshwater ecosystems. Cross-ecosystem connections between freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. River flows, floods, drying, intermittency and flow-related disturbance.  (UC , School of Biological Sciences)

Prof. Islay Marsden

Physiological ecology of freshwater crustacea. Understanding the mechanisms of adaptation used by animals to survive in intertidal habitats. Understanding the effects of environmental factors including toxins and trace metals on the metabolism of estuarine and freshwater species as indicators of environmental stress. (UC, School of Biological Sciences)

Dr John Pirker

Marine ecology, aquaculture, marine algae (UC, School of Biological Sciences)

Assoc. Prof. Catherine Reid

Shallow-water benthic foraminifera (UC, Geological Sciences)

Assoc. Prof. Hamish Rennie

Environmental policy and planning, Governance and institutional dimensions of commons with an emphasis on lake and freshwater commons. (LU, Dept Environmental Management)

Distinguished Prof. David Schiel

Aquaculture, larval fish ecology, marine intertidal and subtidal ecology. (UC, School of Biological Sciences)

Prof. Jenny Webster-Brown

Contaminent (particularly trace elements and nutrients) fate and transport in rivers, lakes and estuaries. (Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management).

Please contact Katie Nimmo, WCFM Research Project Manager if you are academic staff and are interested in conducting research into freshwater management but not currently affiliated to the Centre, or if you are already affiliated with the WCFM, but wish to be listed against different, or multiple research priority themes.