Biographical Information

Professor Winterbourn is a freshwater biologist and aquatic entomologist and his research has been primarily on running waters with emphasis on understanding stream ecosystem structure and function. He has a particular interest in the life histories, feeding relationships and ecological roles of invertebrates in stream communities and the environmental factors that affect them. Much of his research is centred on relatively undisturbed, small forest streams, but it also encompasses the effects of forestry, mining and land use changes on stream ecosystems. Professor Winterbourn’s research also includes taxonomic and biogeographical work on aquatic invertebrates and studies on dispersal of the non-aquatic, adult life history stages of stream insects, especially Trichoptera (caddisflies) and Plecoptera (stoneflies).