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

  • Collier, K. J., Pingram, M. A., Francis, L., Garrett-Walker, J., & Melchior, M. (2018). Trophic overlap between non-native brown bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus) and native shortfin eel (Anguilla australis) in shallow lakes. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 10 pages. doi:10.1111/eff.12400

  • Shell, T. M., & Collier, K. J. (2018). Partitioning of macroinvertebrate communities in a large New Zealand river highlights the role of multiple shore-zone habitat types. River Research and Applications, 10 pages. doi:10.1002/rra.3344

  • Collier, K. J., Garrett-Walker, J., Özkundakci, D., & Pingram, M. A. (2018). Characteristics of consumer trophic resources for Waikato shallow lake food webs. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, (Special issue: Lake resilience: Linking theory and management), 16 pages. doi:10.1080/00288330.2018.1517098

  • Hicks, B. J., Kusabs, I., Duggan, I., Collier, K., & Quinn, J. (2017). The use of a traditional Māori harvesting method, the tau kōura, for monitoring kōura (freshwater crayfish) populations. In Crazy and Ambitious Conference, National Science Challenges. Conference held at Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Contact Details

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