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Angus McIntosh – Professor of Freshwater Ecology, University of Canterbury

(Te Apārangi Sponsored Speaker)

 

Angus’ talk will traverse the range of issues in freshwater ecosystems his group has been working to help deal with recently. These include:

  • galaxiids caught between stream drying and trout;
  • mudfish dealing with droughts, tornados, willows and past effects of logging;
  • alpine tarns in a warming world; and
  • braided river ecosystems on a knife edge

After a PhD at the University of Otago and a Fulbright fellowship at Cornell University, Angus joined the School of Biological Sciences | Te Kura Pūtaiao Koiora (Zoology Dept back then) at the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha in 1997. He is now a Professor of Freshwater Ecology.  Teaching and collaborations with students have always been an important part of his work, and he is a member of the Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence. His research has combined investigation of food webs with spatial analysis to reveal how environmental change affects freshwater systems. This has involved work on low flows, habitat loss, invaders and riparian management, and has considered, for example, kōkōpu and other native fish, whio, alpine tarns, braided rivers and lowland springs. Recently this work has focused more on restoration ( e.g. in www.carex.org.nz) and test tools to restore waterways affected by agriculture). Continuing that theme, he has recently started working more on the conservation of braided river ecosystems and trying to solve problems involving interactions between trout and native fish.

  • This lecture takes place in our Robin’s Nest building at Ngā Manu, 74 Ngā Manu Reserve Rd, Waikanae.
  • Entry is by paper koha at the door
  • Please arrive at 1.00 pm for tea and biscuits and to take your seat.
  • The Lecture will start promptly at 1.30 pm and finishes at 3.00 pm.

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