Darren Giling

Research Fellow in Quantitative Ecology, ARC DECRA Fellow

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Effects of streamflow on ecosystem functioning


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Email: Darren.Giling@canberra.edu.au


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):

  • 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 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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