Dr Francis J Burdon


Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD University of Canterbury

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I am a freshwater community ecologist with research interests in landscape ecology, biodiversity, and ecosystem functioning. My expertise includes aquatic-terrestrial linkages and multiple stressors in stream ecosystems. I have experience working with stream invertebrate and fish communities, including the use of stable isotopes (C and N) to elucidate trophic roles and food web structure. I have investigated a wide range of ecological metrics including organic matter processing using functional indicators as responses to different human impacts. These human impacts include agricultural land uses and pollution with stressors such as fine inorganic sediment, nutrients, and pesticides.

Research Interests

  • Ecology
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Freshwater Systems
  • Impacted Ecosystems


Biology; Ecology; Environmental Change

Freshwater ecology; Community ecology; Ecosystem ecology

Recent Publications

  • Costello, D. M., Tiegs, S. D., Boyero, L., Canhoto, C., Capps, K. A., Danger, M., . . . Zwart, J. A. (2022). Global patterns and controls of nutrient immobilization on decomposing cellulose in riverine ecosystems. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 36(3). doi:10.1029/2021gb007163

  • Witing, F., Forio, M. A. E., Burdon, F. J., Mckie, B., Goethals, P., Strauch, M., & Volk, M. (2022). Riparian reforestation on the landscape scale – Navigating trade‐offs among agricultural production, ecosystem functioning and biodiversity. Journal of Applied Ecology, 16 pages. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.14176 Open Access version:

  • Boyero, L., López-Rojo, N., Tonin, A. M., Pérez, J., Correa-Araneda, F., Pearson, R. G., . . . Yule, C. M. (2021). Impacts of detritivore diversity loss on instream decomposition are greatest in the tropics. Nature Communications, 12(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-021-23930-2

  • Burdon, F. J. (2021). Understanding the connectivity of ecosystems in the Anthropocene. Journal of Animal Ecology, 90(7), 1600-1604. doi:10.1111/1365-2656.13550

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: R.2.10
Phone: +64 7 837 9957
Cellphone: +64 21 091 66276