Professor Angus McIntosh, University of Canterbury
In his talk, Angus will traverse the range of issues associated with climate change that confront our freshwater ecosystems. He’ll talk about the challenges as well as some solutions. This will touch on native fish having to deal with drought and introduced trout, mudfish negotiating tornados, high alpine tarns receiving frogs, and squashed braided rivers.
After a PhD at the University of Otago and a Fulbright fellowship at Cornell University, Angus joined the University of Canterbury where he is now a Professor of Freshwater Ecology. He is a member of the Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence and part of the Freshwater Ecology Research Group at UC. 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 he developed and tests tools to restore waterways affected by agriculture). He’s recently started working more on the conservation of braided river ecosystems and trying to solve problems involving interactions between trout and native fish. He is a keen photographer and you can see images at: www.ecologylive.nz.