UC Freshwater Ecology Research Group

The Freshwater Ecology Research Group (FERG) is a group of researchers, including academic staff, ea Our aim is to overcome this problem.

We have called this project CAREX, which is an acronym for the Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment. Carex (also called pūhio) is also the scientific genus of an important plant used in riparian plantings throughout New Zealand waterways. Fencing and planting of riparian margins are widely promoted and undertaken to improve water quality throughout Canterbury and New Zealand. Although thi

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The Freshwater Ecology Research Group (FERG) is a group of researchers, including experienced academic staff, early career researchers, students and technicians based in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. The group provides a framework for sharing of knowledge, equipment, and technical and administrative assistance.

We run regular lab meetings, co-ordinate social and outreach activities, host visitors, and manage a central knowledgebase of community, habitat and methodological information. This provides an excellent platform for members to launch their research activities by providing intellectual stimulation and discussion, practical training, efficient access to resources, help with organisation of logistics, and most importantly a friendly place to work.

We focus especially on the waterways of Canterbury and the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, but have been involved in research in many places around New Zealand the world. We're mostly concerned with streams and rivers and the things that live in them, but are increasingly working on pond and wetland systems as well as riparian ecosystems.

Highlighted on this page you will see everyday snippets of what freshwater ecologists get up to in the field and lab through the eyes of our students and staff. We will also be communicating our research findings on here by means of sharing recent journal publications, handouts, posters and informative videos.

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What's in Your Waterway Wednesday:Kōaro (Galaxias brevipinnis) are one of five galaxiid species whose juveniles make up ...
You've seen FERG in water... you may have seen FERG on land... but have you seen FERG in the air?Last week for something...
Have you got those lockdown blues?Looking for something to keep the kids entertained?Have you considered becoming a musi...
Sound on to hear the frog's call!A tranquil scene - in the shadow of a mountain, a brown tree frog sings while Brittany ...
How to sample stream invertebrates with a kicknet
A banded kōkopu shining in the spotlight
A release of tagged kōkopu and inanga back into the waterway
Laying out invertebrates for photographing and measuring
Watch this space for more CAREX news ...!



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