Darren Giling

Research Fellow in Quantitative Ecology, ARC DECRA Fellow

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Effects of streamflow on ecosystem functioning


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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 CSIRO Land and Water. 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.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Monash University


Award Date: 24 Jul 2014

Bachelor, Monash University


Award Date: 2 Apr 2009

External positions

Visiting Scientist, CSIRO Land & Water

2019 → …

Post-doctoral researcher, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig


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


Research assistant, Monash University



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  • A cross-scale assessment of productivity–diversity relationships

    Craven, D., van der Sande, M. T., Meyer, C., Gerstner, K., Bennett, J. M., Giling, D. P., Hines, J., Phillips, H. R. P., May, F., Bannar-Martin, K. H., Chase, J. M. & Keil, P., Nov 2020, In: Global Ecology and Biogeography. 29, 11, p. 1940-1955 16 p.

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    2 Citations (Scopus)
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  • Biodiversity enhances the multitrophic control of arthropod herbivory

    Barnes, A. D., Scherber, C., Brose, U., Borer, E. T., Ebeling, A., Gauzens, B., Giling, D. P., Hines, J., Isbell, F., Ristok, C., Tilman, D., Weisser, W. W. & Eisenhauer, N., 1 Nov 2020, In: Science Advances. 6, 45, p. 1-8 9 p., eabb6603.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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    1 Citation (Scopus)
    5 Downloads (Pure)
  • A meta food web for invertebrate species collected in a European grassland

    Hines, J., Giling, D. P., Rzanny, M., Voigt, W., Meyer, S. T., Weisser, W. W., Eisenhauer, N. & Ebeling, A., Jun 2019, In: Ecology. 100, 6, p. 1 e02679.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    4 Citations (Scopus)
  • A multitrophic perspective on biodiversity: Ecosystem functioning research

    Eisenhauer, N., Schielzeth, H., Barnes, A. D., Barry, K., Bonn, A., Brose, U., Bruelheide, H., Buchmann, N., Buscot, F., Ebeling, A., Ferlian, O., Freschet, G. T., Giling, D. P., Hättenschwiler, S., Hillebrand, H., Hines, J., Isbell, F., Koller-France, E., König-Ries, B., de Kroon, H. & 22 others, Meyer, S. T., Milcu, A., Müller, J., Nock, C. A., Petermann, J. S., Roscher, C., Scherber, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Schnitzer, S. A., Schuldt, A., Tscharntke, T., Türke, M., van Dam, N. M., van der Plas, F., Vogel, A., Wagg, C., Wardle, D. A., Weigelt, A., Weisser, W. W., Wirth, C. & Jochum, M., 2019, Mechanisms underlying the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function. Eisenhauer, N., Bohan, D. A. & Dumbrell, A. J. (eds.). 1 ed. London, UK: Academic Press Inc., Vol. 61. p. 1-54 54 p. (MECHANISMS UNDERLYING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION).

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    22 Citations (Scopus)
  • A niche for ecosystem multifunctionality in global change research

    Giling, D. P., Beaumelle, L., Phillips, H. R. P., Cesarz, S., Eisenhauer, N., Ferlian, O., Gottschall, F., Guerra, C., Hines, J., Sendek, A., Siebert, J., Thakur, M. P. & Barnes, A. D., Mar 2019, In: Global Change Biology. 25, 3, p. 763-774 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    29 Citations (Scopus)
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