Research Priority: Functional Waterways Networks

The purpose of the Functional Waterways Networks research priority theme is to enhance aquatic ecosystem services and biodiversity in water networks, from the mountains to the sea (ki uta ki tai); assessing the ability of ecosystems to adapt to change (in climate, high/low water flow, quality and species invasions), and how network systems can be optimized to improve ecosystem resilience in the face of these changes.

Photo: CAREX. Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment (University of Canterbury)

The project lead for this theme is: Prof. Angus McIntosh. UC, School of Biological Sciences. The bulk of research relevant to this theme is conducted by the Freshwater Ecology Research Group and CAREX: Canterbury Waterways Rehabilitation Experiment.

Researchers affiliated with this theme are listed below.

Dr Catherine Febria

Freshwater ecology, ecosystem ecology, restoration, ecosystem services, linking science with policy, temporary stream, biogeochemistry (UC , School of Biological Sciences)

Professor Jon Harding

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

Dr Michael Hickford

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

Professor 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)

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)

Dr Helen Warburton Food web ecology, fresh water ecosystems, predator-prey interaction, restoration. (UC, School of Biological Sciences)
Assoc. Prof Peyman Zawar-Reza

Climatology, mesoscale modelling of the atmosphere, boundary layer meteorology.(UC, Geography)

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.