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Dr Darren Giling is a Senior Research Fellow in Quantitative Ecology in the Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra and a visiting scientist at CSIRO. Darren is an ecosystem and community ecologist with broad interests in the relationships between biodiversity, food-web structure, and the functioning of ecosystems.
Darren’s applied research seeks to understand how environmental changes and management decisions influence freshwater, riparian, and floodplain habitats. He studies how land-use and climate change affect biological community structure and organic matter storage and dynamics in river and lakes. For instance, his work has shown that replanting native riparian vegetation along Australian agricultural streams improves stream health by restoring links between the terrestrial and aquatic environment. He has also used lake enclosures to experimentally demonstrate how extreme storms can induce algal blooms that drastically increase rates of lake primary production and respiration.
Darren is currently working with a range of stakeholders in the Murray-Darling Basin to develop models for predicting how environmental flows influence the functioning of river ecosystems at broad spatial scales.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
PhD, Ecology, Monash University
2010 → 2014
Award Date: 24 Jul 2014
Bachelor, Bachelor of Science Advanced with Honours, Monash University
2005 → 2008
Award Date: 2 Apr 2009
Visiting Scientist, CSIRO Land & Water
2019 → …
Post-doctoral researcher, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
2016 → 2019
Post-doctoral researcher, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
2014 → 2016
Research assistant, Monash University
2008 → 2009
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Unravelling how ecosystems function through time and space
1/08/21 → 25/01/25
Understanding the energy sources of top predators in degraded rivers
Giling, D., Cormican, A. & Thompson, R.
A synthesis of floodplain aquatic ecosystem metabolism and carbon flux using causal criteria analysisMcInerney, P. J., Giling, D. P., Wolfenden, B. & Sengupta, A., Jan 2023, In: Limnology and Oceanography. 68, 1, p. 97-109 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile11 Downloads (Pure)
Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Project: Lachlan river system Selected Area 2020-21 Monitoring and Evaluation Summary Report. Commonwealth of Australia, 2022.Dyer, F., Broadhurst, B., Tschierschke, A., Higgisson, W., Thiem, J. . D., Wright, D., Kerezsy, A., Giling, D. & Thompson, R. M., 2022, 29 p.
Research output: Book/Report › ReportsOpen AccessFile12 Downloads (Pure)
Global Patterns and Controls of Nutrient Immobilization on Decomposing Cellulose in Riverine EcosystemsCostello, D. M., Tiegs, S. D., Boyero, L., Canhoto, C., Capps, K. A., Danger, M., Frost, P. C., Gessner, M. O., Griffiths, N. A., Halvorson, H. M., Kuehn, K. A., Marcarelli, A. M., Royer, T. V., Mathie, D. M., Albariño, R. J., Arango, C. P., Aroviita, J., Baxter, C. V., Bellinger, B. J., Bruder, A., & 73 others, Mar 2022, In: Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 36, 3, p. 1-15 15 p., e2021GB007163.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Basin-scale evaluation of 2019–20 Commonwealth environmental water: Food Webs and Water Quality. Flow-MER Program. Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (CEWO): Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Program, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, AustraliaRyder, D., McInerney, P. J., Giling, D. & Hitchcock, J., 2021, Australia: Australian Government Commonwealth Environmental Water Office. 86 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Reports
Exploring the Suitability of Ecosystem Metabolomes to Assess Imprints of Brownification and Nutrient Enrichment on LakesFonvielle, J. A., Giling, D. P., Dittmar, T., Berger, S. A., Nejstgaard, J. C., Lyche Solheim, A., Gessner, M. O., Grossart, H. P. & Singer, G., May 2021, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 126, 5, p. 1-19 19 p., e2020JG005903.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile