Darren Giling

Research Fellow in Quantitative Ecology, ARC DECRA Fellow

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Dr Darren Giling is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Centre for Applied Water Science at the University of Canberra and a visiting scientist at CSIRO. 

Darren is an ecologist seeking to understand how ecosystem processes, such as fluxes of energy and cycling of organic matter, interact with patterns of biodiversity. His career objectives are to develop a deep understanding of how biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services can be sustainably managed in natural ecosystems, particularly freshwaters.

Darren’s applied research aims 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 ecosystem processes in rivers, floodplains, 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 experimentally demonstrated how extreme weather events can impact organic carbon cycling in lakes.

Currently, Darren is investigating how flow variability affects primary productivity, ecosystem respiration, and food-web fluxes in regulated rivers. He is actively engaged with industry and government partners in the Murray-Darling Basin to deliver new knowledge for the management of environmental water.

Darren was recently awarded the Early Career Excellence Award by the Australian Freshwater Sciences Society.

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):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Ecology, Monash University


Award Date: 24 Jul 2014

Bachelor, Bachelor of Science Advanced with Honours, Monash University


Award Date: 2 Apr 2009

External positions

Visiting Scientist, CSIRO Environment

2019 → …

Post-doctoral researcher, German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Leipzig


Post-doctoral researcher, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany



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