Adam Canning

Research Scientist

Adam is an ecologist with interests in food web modelling, species distribution modelling, measuring and managing ecosystem health, and the interface between freshwater science and policy/planning. He holds a BSc (Hons – First Class) in Biological and Environmental Science, and a PhD in Ecology. His PhD research examined the application of network analysis to assess how the structure and function of riverine food webs change with environmental impacts. He has experience working in the management of sports fish, game birds and freshwater ecosystem health. He is an Associate Editor for Oecologia Australis, an open access, free to publish journal spanning the breadth of ecology.

Journal articles

  • 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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