Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Roger Young

Coastal and Freshwater Group Manager – Freshwater

Qualifications

  • PhD (Zoology). University of Otago, 1998
  • BSc (Hons, Zoology/Chemistry). University of Otago, 1992

Role at Cawthron

Roger is the Group Manager for freshwater sciences at Cawthron. Roger's work involves a mix of government-funded research on river ecosystems, and commercial projects assisting a range of clients with freshwater management issues.

He is internationally recognised for development of new tools for measuring river ecosystem health using direct measurements of ecosystem processes and functions.

Roger strongly believes in the need for integrated approaches to resource management and enjoys involvement in interdisciplinary teams working with the community to resolve resource management issues.

He is also a member of the steering group for 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.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • River ecology 
  • Water quality
  • Ecosystem health
  • Freshwater fisheries 
  • Integrated catchment management 
  • Limit setting

Professional affiliations 

  • Society for Freshwater Science
  • New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society

Conferences and presentations

Wagenhoff A, Young RG, Clapcott J, Goodwin E, Kilroy C, Pastor Oliveras A, Lau K, Lewis G 2013. In search of ecological thresholds – what can we learn from stressor response relationships to inform limit setting in streams? New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society Conference, Hamilton, 19-23 August 2013.

Quinn JM, Rutherford K, Wilcock R, Young RG, Baisden T, Schiff S, English M 2013. Periphyton and nutrient interactions along the Tukituki River under drought, wet and normal summers. New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society Conference, Hamilton, 19-23 August 2013.

Heath M, Wood S, Young RG, Ryan K 2013. Are low water column dissolved reactive phosphorus concentrations essential for benthic Phormidium blooms and toxin production? New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society Conference, Hamilton, 19-23 August 2013.

Gabrielsson R, Holmes R, Hayes JW, Young RG 2013. Development of a sports fishery quality index for assessing effects of agricultural intensification. New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society Conference, Hamilton, 19-23 August 2013.

Young RG, Doehring KA, Clapcott JE, Quinn JM 2013. Functional responses of stream ecosystems to riparian rehabilitation. New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society Conference, Hamilton, 19-23 August 2013.

Young RG 2013. Incorporating elements of ecosystem function in river health monitoring. University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany, 29 July 2013.

Young RG, Doehring KA, Clapcott JE 2013. Stream ecosystem functional responses to riparian rehabilitation. Society for Freshwater Science 61st Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida, USA, 19-23 May 2013.

Young RG, Clapcott JE, Neale M, Doehring KA 2013. Greater temporal variability in stream metabolism indicates land use disturbance. Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences, Munster, Germany, 1-5 July 2013.

Elosegi A, Young RG 2013. River doctors: the medical urgency metaphor in river management and restoration. German Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Neuglobsow, Germany. 10 June 2013.

Young RG 2013. Incorporating elements of ecosystem function in stream health monitoring. Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala, Sweden. May 2013.

Publication links

+64 3 548 2319 ext 273
roger.young@cawthron.org.nz