Associate Professor Kevin Collier

Associate Professor (Biological Sciences)

Qualifications: BSc Waikato PhD Canterbury

Research Interests

Large river ecology, Restoration of urban streams, and methods for monitoring stream health.

Research Supervised


  • Pingram, Michael (2014). Food webs in the lower Waikato River and the role of hydrogeomorphic complexity.

MSc (Research)

  • Catlin, Alicia (2015). Does reduced floodplain inundation affect larval fish food supply? Zooplankton-whitebait interactions in the lower Waikato River.


  • Garrett-Walker, Jeremy (2014). The ecology of constructed ponds on the lower Waikato River floodplain: implications for waterfowl management.
  • Valler, Tammy (2013). Three Hamilton urban catchments: a comparison of ecosystem condition.
  • Johnston, Toni (2011). Comparison of riparian willows and riprap as habitat for fish and invertebrates in the Waikato River.
  • Ginders, Melany (2011). The influence of connectivity on the functional role of a natural and re-constructed side-arm in the lower Waikato River.

Recent Publications

  • Cyr, H., Collier, K. J., Clearwater, S. J., Hicks, B. J., & Stewart, S. D. (2016). Feeding and nutrient excretion of the New Zealand freshwater mussel Echyridella menziesii (Hyriidae, Unionida): implications for nearshore nutrient budgets in lakes and reservoirs. Aquatic Sciences, 15 pages. doi:10.1007/s00027-016-0517-9

  • Clapcott, J. E., Goodwin, E. O., Snelder, T. H., Collier, K. J., Neale, M. W., & Greenfield, S. (2016). Finding reference: a comparison of modelling approaches for predicting macroinvertebrate community index benchmarks. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 1-16. doi:10.1080/00288330.2016.1265994

  • Hamilton, D., Collier, K. J., & Howard-Williams, C. (2016). Lake restoration in New Zealand. Ecological Management & Restoration, 17(3), 18 pages. doi:10.1111/emr.12226

  • Pingram, M., Hamer, M., David, B., & Collier, K. J. (2016). Extent estimates of stream quality highlight key stressors influencing fish and macroinvertebrate communities in Waikato streams. In The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) & the New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES) Joint Conference. Conference held at Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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Contact Details

Room: R.2.16
Phone: +64 7 858 5169