Adam Canning

Research Scientist

Adam’s interests lie in investigating nature-based solutions to have a productive agricultural landscape within ecologically healthy catchments that support high water security. He has experience in using network modelling to better under the flow of nutrients (carbon and nitrogen) through catchments and aquatic ecosystems, species distribution modelling, catchment land use planning, sports fish and game bird management, and the interface between freshwater science and policy/planning.

At present, he is on working on how wetlands and regenerative actions can be incorporated into our landscapes to increase food production, improve water quality or buffer against climate change.

Journal articles

  • Canning, A. D., Jarvis, D., Costanza, R., Hasan, S., Smart, J., Finisdore, J., Lovelock, C., Greenhalgh, S., Marr, H., Beck, M. W., Gillies, C., & Waltham, N. W. (2021). Financial incentives for large-scale wetland restoration: beyond markets to common asset trusts. One Earth, 4(7), 937–950.
  • Canning, A. D., Death, R. G., & Waltham, N. J. (2021). Pharmaceutical companies should pay for raiding nature’s medicine cabinet. The Lancet, 398(10303), 840–841.
  • Canning A, Joy M and Death R (2021) Nutrient criteria to achieve New Zealand’s riverine macroinvertebrate targets. PeerJ, 9, Article: e11556, DOI:10.7717/peerj.11556.
  • Canning A and Waltham N (2021) Ecological impact assessment of climate change and habitat loss on wetland vertebrate assemblages of the Great Barrier Reef catchment and the influence of survey bias. Ecology and Evolution, 11 (10), pp. 5244-5254, DOI:10.1002/ece3.7412.
  • Canning A and Death R (2021) The influence of nutrient enrichment on riverine food web function and stability. Ecology and Evolution, 11 (4), pp. 942-954, DOI:10.1002/ece3.7107.
  • Joy M and Canning A (2021) Shifting baselines and political expediency in New Zealand’s freshwater management. Marine and Freshwater Research, 72, pp. 456-461, DOI:10.1071/MF20210.
  • Phiri B, Pita A, Hayman D, Biggs P, Davis M, Fayaz A, Canning A, French N and Death R (2020) Does land use affect pathogen presence in New Zealand drinking water supplies? Water Research, 185, Article: 116229, DOI:10.1016/j.watres.2020.116229.
  • Canning, A. D., Death, R. G., & Gardner, E. M. (2019). Forest canopy affects stream macroinvertebrate assemblage structure but not trophic stability. Freshwater Science.
  • Canning, A. D., & Death, R. (2019). Food web structure but not robustness differ between rivers, lakes and estuaries. Oecologia Australis, 23(1).
  • Canning, A. D. (2018). Predicting New Zealand riverine fish reference assemblages. PeerJ, 2018(5).
  • Canning, A. D., & Death, R. G. (2018). Relative ascendency predicts food web robustness. Ecological Research, 33(5).
  • Canning, A. D., Death, R. G., & Gardner, E. M. (2017). The effect of forest canopy and flood disturbance on New Zealand stream food web structure and robustness. Austral Ecology,
  • Canning, A. D., & Death, R. G. (2017). Trophic cascade direction and flow determine network flow stability. Ecological Modelling, 355.

Book chapters

  • Canning, A. D., & Death, R. G. (2019). Ecosystem Health Indicators-Freshwater Environments. In B. Fath (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Ecology (Second Edition) (pp. 46–60). Elsevier.

Conference proceedings

  • Death, R. G., Canning, A., Magierowski, R., & Tonkin, J. (2018). Why aren’t we managing water quality to protect ecological health? In L. D. Currie & C. L. Christensen (Eds.), Farm Environmental Planning—Science, Policy and Practice (Issue Occasional report 31). Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre, Massey University.


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