Mackenzie Foundation Chair in Freshwater Ecology
Deputy Head of School
Phone: International +64 +3 Local 369 5186
Fax: +64 3 364 2590
Postal address: School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, 8140 New Zealand
Research & Innovation
My UC Spark Research Profile gives an overview of the research and innovation projects I’m involved in, including a list of publications.
Together with Prof Jon Harding, I’m co-leader of the Freshwater Ecology Research Group (FERG), and the FERG website describes in more detail the projects we’ve undertaken, the students and other collaborators we’re working with, and include more links to resources like newsletters and infomation sheets.
A major project we’re undertaking is the Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment CAREX.
I’m also a Principal Investigator in the Centre for Integrative Ecology here at UC, a member of the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, and involved in the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.
I’m keenly interested in science communication, and am a keen photographer. You can find my photographs, video and ecology stories at EcologyLive. I’ve given presentations to a wide range of community groups, and I’m always interested in opportunities to talk about ecology.
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I teach in the following courses:
BIOL 270 Ecology
WATR 201 Freshwater Resources
WATR 203 Freshwater Science Field Skills
BIOL 375 Freshwater Ecosystems
BIOL 378 Conservation & Population Biology
BIOL 472 Freshwater Ecology
I received a UC Teaching award in 2006 and a National Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching in 2007. I’m a member of the Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence and you can find my Ako Aotearoa Academy profile here.
Prospective Research Students
If you’re interested in postgraduate research in our group (ie, BSc honours, Masters or Doctoral), check out my UC Spark Research Profile and the FERG web pages to see what we are doing and have done. As you’ll see, I’ve mentored students across a broad range of freshwater ecology topics involving many collaborators. Student projects usually fit into one of the general themes currently being working on, and will be funded from our current research grants or from grant/scholarship funds we’ve worked with the student to obtain. I’m interested in working with students who have potential to carry out insightful research, as well as the initiative and personality to communicate the results to a wide variety of groups, including other scientists, stakeholders and the general public. This means students will be highly motivated, have a strong academic record, appropriate practical and technical experience, including expertise in biological statistics, and will have demonstrated a high level of ability in written and oral communication. It should also be obvious from the FERG pages that we operate very much as a team, and that the supportive and collaborative environment that the FERG offers is something we treasure. Thus students must be able to work within a team and can expect high quality mentoring and support from the group. If this sounds like you, send me an email explaining what you’re interested in and how you might contribute to our team, together with a brief CV outlining your experience. We usually advertise scholarship opportunities on the FERG pages and via Twitter etc.