Robin Holmes

Robin Holmes

Team Leader – River and Lake Ecology

Role at Cawthron

Robin is a freshwater ecologist who is involved in a range of projects with a focus on river and stream restoration, freshwater fisheries management and community approaches to river heath improvement.

His other research interests include land-use impacts on aquatic ecology and understanding native fish and salmonid life-history and population dynamics.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Land-use effects on river health (agricultural stream stressors)
  • Freshwater fisheries
  • Physical stream habitat
  • Stream rehabilitation / restoration
  • Freshwater ecological impact assessment and monitoring
  • Freshwater macroinvertebrate ecology
  • Community-based river health management
  • Social-ecological systems analysis

Professional affiliations

  • New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society


  • PhD (Freshwater fisheries and restoration). University of Otago, 2019
  • MSc (Freshwater Ecology). University of Otago, 2007
  • BSc (Zoology). University of Otago, 2004

    Robin Holmes