Darren Giling

Research Fellow in Quantitative Ecology

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Dr Darren Giling is a 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


Bachelor, Monash University


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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Research Output 2008 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

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 journalArticle

Open Access
food webs
food web
7 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).

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

community ecology
9 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 journalArticle

global change
ecosystem response
2 Citations (Scopus)

Biodiversity of leaf litter fungi in streams along a latitudinal gradient

Seena, S., Bärlocher, F., Sobral, O., Gessner, M. O., Dudgeon, D., McKie, B. G., Chauvet, E., Boyero, L., Ferreira, V., Frainer, A., Bruder, A., Matthaei, C. D., Fenoglio, S., Sridhar, K. R., Albariño, R. J., Douglas, M. M., Encalada, A. C., Garcia, E., Ghate, S. D., Giling, D. P. & 12 others, Gonçalves, V., Iwata, T., Landeira-Dabarca, A., McMaster, D., Medeiros, A. O., Naggea, J., Pozo, J., Raposeiro, P. M., Swan, C. M., Tenkiano, N. S. D., Yule, C. M. & Graça, M. A. S., 15 Apr 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 661, p. 306-315 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
latitudinal gradient
leaf litter
2 Citations (Scopus)

fluxweb: An R package to easily estimate energy fluxes in food webs

Gauzens, B., Barnes, A. D., Giling, D. P., Hines, J., Jochum, M., Lefcheck, J. S., Rosenbaum, B., Wang, S. & Brose, U., Feb 2019, In : Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 10, 2, p. 270-279 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

energy flux
food webs
food web