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Emeritus Professor Colin Townsend

Email colin.townsend@otago.ac.nz

Phone 64-3-479-7975

Colin Townsend

Teaching

Research Interests

  • The ecosystem impact of multiple stressors
  • The ecology of invaders
  • The influence of land use on river ecosystems
  • The impact of flow disturbances on stream communities

Current Projects

  • The impact of multiple stressors on river ecology 
  • The consequences of water abstraction, sediment deposition, nutrient increase and global warming for river ecosystems 


Current Postgraduate Students

  • Katharina Lange - (PhD) Modeling effects of land-use and climate change on stream ecosystem structure and function.

Keywords

  • stream ecology, multiple stressors, land-use impacts

River Ecology

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Publications

Lange, K., Townsend, C. R., & Matthaei, C. D. (2016). A trait-based framework for stream algal communities. Ecology & Evolution, 6(1), 23-36. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1822

Magbanua, F. S., Townsend, C. R., Hageman, K. J., Piggott, J. J., & Matthaei, C. D. (2016). Individual and combined effects of fine sediment and glyphosate herbicide on invertebrate drift and insect emergence: A stream mesocosm experiment. Freshwater Science, 35(1), 139-151. doi: 10.1086/684363

Piggott, J. J., Townsend, C. R., & Matthaei, C. D. (2015). Reconceptualizing synergism and antagonism among multiple stressors. Ecology & Evolution, 5(7), 1538-1547. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1465

Piggott, J. J., Salis, R. K., Lear, G., Townsend, C. R., & Matthaei, C. D. (2015). Climate warming and agricultural stressors interact to determine stream periphyton community composition. Global Change Biology, 21(1), 206-222. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12661

Piggott, J. J., Townsend, C. R., & Matthaei, C. D. (2015). Climate warming and agricultural stressors interact to determine stream macroinvertebrate community dynamics. Global Change Biology, 21(5), 1887-1906. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12861

Authored Book - Research

Begon, M., Townsend, C. R., & Harper, J. L. (2007). Ecologia de indivíduos a ecossistemas (4th ed.). Porto Alegre, Brazil: Artmed, 740p.

Begon, M., Townsend, C. R., & Harper, J. L. (2006). Ecology: From individuals to ecosystems (4th ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 738p.

Begon, M., Harper, J. L., & Townsend, C. R. (1999). Ecologia (Spanish translation). Barcelona: Ediciones Omega, 900p.

Begon, M., Harper, J. L., & Townsend, C. R. (1998). Okologie (German Translation). Heidelberg: Spectrum Akademischer Verlag GmBH, 750p.

Begon, M., Harper, J. L., & Townsend, C. R. (1997). Ekologie: Jedinci, Populace a Spolecenstva (Czech translation). Palackeho Olomouc: Vydavatelstvi Univerzity, 949p.

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Authored Book - Other

Townsend, C. R., Begon, M., & Harper, J. L. (2010). Fundamentos em ecologia [Translation of Essentials of ecology, 3rd ed.] (3rd ed.). Porto Alegre, Brazil: Artmed, 576p.

Townsend, C. R., Begon, M., & Harper, J. L. (2010). Základy ekologie [Translation of Essentials of ecology, 3rd ed.]. Olomouc, Czech Republic: Vydala Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 505p.

Townsend, C. R., Begon, M., & Harper, J. L. (2009). Ökologie [Translation of Essentials of ecology, 3rd ed.] (2nd ed.). Berlin, Germany: Springer, 622p.

Townsend, C. R. (2008). Ecological applications: Toward a sustainable world. Malden, USA: Blackwell, 346p.

Townsend, C. R., Begon, M., & Harper, J. L. (2008). Essentials of ecology (3rd ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell, 510p.

Townsend, C. R., Begon, M., & Harper, J. L. (2006). Fundamentos em ecologia [Translation of Essentials of ecology, 2nd ed.] (2nd ed.). Porto Alegre, Brazil: Artmed, 592p.

Begon, M., Harper, J. L., & Townsend, C. R. (2003). Japanese translation of 'Ecology: Individuals, populations and Communities, 1999' (3rd ed.). Tokyo: Blackwell Science, 1304p.

Townsend, C. R., Harper, J. L., & Begon, M. (2003). Ökologie. German translation of 'Essentials of Ecology, 2002' (2nd ed.). Berlin: Springer, 647p.

Townsend, C. R., Begon, M., & Harper, J. L. (2003). Essentials of ecology (2nd ed.). Oxford: Blackwell, 530p.

Townsend, C. R., Harper, J. L., & Begon, M. (2001). L'Essenziale di Ecologia (Italian translation). Bologna: Zanichelli editore, S.p.A., 500p.

Townsend, C. R., Harper, J. L., & Begon, M. (2000). Essentials of Ecology. Malden, USA: Blackwell Science, 552p.

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Edited Book - Research

Darby, J., Fordyce, R. E., Mark, A. F., Probert, K., & Townsend, C. (Eds.). (2003). The natural history of Southern New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago Press, 370p.

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Edited Book - Other

Darby, J., Fordyce, R. E., Mark, A., Probert, K., & Townsend, C. (Eds.). (2006). The natural history of southern New Zealand [Reprint]. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago Press, 400p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Malmqvist, B., Rundle, S. D., Covich, A. P., Hildrew, A. G., Robinson, C. T., & Townsend, C. R. (2008). Prospects for streams and rivers: An ecological perspective. In N. V. C. Polunin (Ed.), Aquatic ecosystems: Trends and global prospects. (pp. 19-29). Cambridge University Press.

Townsend, C. R., & Thompson, R. M. (2007). Body size in streams: Macroinvertebrate community size composition along natural and human-induced environmental gradients. In A. G. Hildrew, D. G. Raffaelli & R. Edmonds-Brown (Eds.), Body size: The structure and function of aquatic ecosystems. (pp. 77-97). Cambridge University Press.

Townsend, C. R., & Simon, K. S. (2006). Consequences of brown trout invasion for stream ecosystems. In R. B. Allen & W. G. Lee (Eds.), Biological invasions in New Zealand: Ecological studies 186. (pp. 213-225). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

Woodward, G., Thompson, R., Townsend, C. R., & Hildrew, A. G. (2005). Pattern and process in food webs: Evidence from running waters. In A. Belgrano, U. M. Scharler, J. Dunne & R. E. Ulanowicz (Eds.), Aquatic food webs: An ecosystem approach. (pp. 51-66). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Riley, R. H., Townsend, C. R., Raffaelli, D. A., & Flecker, A. S. (2004). Sources and effects of subsidies along the Stream-Estuary Continuum. In G. A. Polis, M. E. Power & G. R. Huxel (Eds.), Food webs: At the ladscape level. (pp. 241-260). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Matthaei, C. D., Townsend, C. R., Arbuckle, C. J., Peacock, K. A., Guggelberger, C., Küster, C. E., & Huber, H. (2004). Disturbance, assembly rules, and benthic communities in running waters: A review and some implicatioins for restoration projects. In V. M. Temperton, R. J. Hobbs, T. Nuttle & S. Halle (Eds.), Assembly rules and restoration ecology: Bridging the gap between theory and practice. (pp. 367-388). Washington, DC: Island Press.

Thompson, R. M., & Townsend, C. R. (2000). New Zealand's stream invertebrate communities: An international perspective. In K. Collier & M. Winterbourn (Eds.), New Zealand Stream Invertebrates: Ecology and Implications for Management. (pp. 53-74). Christchurch: New Zealand Limnological Society, The Caxton Press.

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