Roger Young

Roger Young

Manager – Freshwater Ecosystems

Role at Cawthron

Roger is the Manager for freshwater sciences at Cawthron. Roger’s work involves a mix of government-funded research on river ecosystems and catchment management, and commercial projects assisting a range of clients with freshwater management issues.
He is internationally recognised for development of new tools for measuring river ecosystem health using direct measurements of ecosystem processes and functions.
Roger strongly believes in the need for integrated approaches to resource management and enjoys involvement in interdisciplinary teams working with the community to resolve resource management issues.
He is a member of the steering group for the Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website launched in mid-2014 to make environmental information more accessible to everyone across New Zealand.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • River ecology 
  • Water quality
  • Ecosystem health
  • Freshwater fisheries 
  • Integrated catchment management 

Professional affiliations 

  • Society for Freshwater Science
  • New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society


  • PhD (Zoology). University of Otago, 1998
  • BSc (Hons, Zoology/Chemistry). University of Otago, 1992
Roger Young