Dr Francis J Burdon

Francis Burdon


Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD University of Canterbury

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About Francis

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Research Interests

I am a freshwater ecologist interested in the response of biological systems to environmental change across multiple levels of organization. I work predominantly in stream and river ecosystems focusing on invertebrate communities, but also including other compartments (e.g., microbes and fish). My research has a strong applied component involving anthropogenic drivers (e.g., land-use change, pollution, warming) and their impacts on aquatic ecosystems. Within this wider framework, I have three core areas of freshwater ecology that I am interested in researching:

  1. Community structure and function - Determinants of biodiversity and how they contribute to food-web structure and ecosystem functioning
  2. Food web ecology - Using trophic biomarkers (e.g., stable isotopes, fatty acids) to measure how environmental change impacts food webs
  3. Land-water interactions - Aquatic-terrestrial linkages and the importance of ecosystem connectivity including riparian management

See my Google Scholar page for a full list of publications.

Research Supervised

Currently co-supervising:

Ze Hui Kong, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences PhD candidate. Thesis title: “Comparing microplastics and naturally occurring FPOM in freshwater food webs: Evaluation of properties, fate and individual to ecosystem level impacts”. Aug 2019 – present

Jasmina Sargac, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences PhD candidate. Thesis title: "How does altered connectivity between stream and riparian ecosystems impact biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and services". Feb 2018 – present


Biology; Ecology; Environmental Change

Freshwater ecology; Community ecology; Ecosystem ecology

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: R.2.10
Phone: +64 7 838 9957
Cellphone: +64 21 091 66276