Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Kati Doehring

Research Associate


  • MSc (First Class Hons, Freshwater Ecology). University of Canterbury, 2009
  • BSc (Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning). Technical University of Munich, 2002

Role at Cawthron

Kati is a freshwater ecologist who specialises in science communication and native fish ecology with an emphasis on migration barriers. Other areas of expertise include river ecology, restoration and spatial analysis.

She is also a contributor to the Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website launched in mid-2014 to share environmental information from councils throughout New Zealand, including state and trend data from more than 1100 rivers.

Her roles in the project included validating the processes behind the data shown on LAWA to ensure only trustworthy information is included on the website, and contributing scientific and educational content to the site. She's also a project steering group member.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Science communication
  • Quality control and assurance of data, and data analysis
  • Native fish ecology
  • River restoration (mitigation of migration barriers)
  • Spatial mapping and analysis
  • Urban stream ecology
  • Ecological habitat impact assessment
  • Functional indicators of river ecosystem health (ecosystem metabolism)

Professional affiliations

  • New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society (executive committee)
  • New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society Newsletter Editor

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