International Journal of Ecosystem

The International Journal of Ecosystem (IJE) is a peer-reviewed journal publishes papers from original research in all areas of ecosystem structure and function as impacted by the changes in climate and land and water use and management practices in a given environment. In the aforementioned context the characterization of ecosystem structural components as community of plants, animals and smaller organisms that live, feed, reproduce and how they interact with each other in the same area or environment, their interdependency are essential for the improved understanding of the functioning of the structural components. The modifications in the structural components as impacted by human imposed changes and/or linked to climate changes are poorly understood and/or are not recorded after rigorous review. In aforementioned context the IJE provides a forum for discussion in the modifications in ecosystem structural components and the associated functions around the world, particularly from developing countries, aimed at the sustainable use of natural resources. Critical review articles are also welcome.

Giri Kattel

Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Ecosystem

Research Scientist, University of Ballarat, Australia

Research Areas

Freshwater Ecology, Palaeoecology, Climate Change, Ecosystems and Environment


2005Ph.D(Physical Geography), University College London, UK
1999M.Sc (Zoology), University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
1992B.Sc(An.Sc. & Fisheries), TU, Kathmandu, Nepal


2010-presentResearch Fellow, Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat, Mt. Helen Campus, Ballarat, Australia
2009-2010Aquatic Ecologist, Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC), La Trobe University, Mildura Campus, Victoria, Australia
2006-2009Research Associate, School of Environment, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
2008Visiting Scientist, Senckenberg Natural History Museum, Frankfurt
2007Visiting Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Institute for Geosciences, Johannes-Guttenberg University, Mainz, Germany
2000-2006Research Associate, Environmental Change Research Centre/ENSIS Ltd., Department of Geography, University College London (UCL), UK
1994-1995Research Assistant, Institute of Applied Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
1992-1994Environmental Officer/Human Welfare and Environment Protection Centre (HWEPC), Nepal


Member, Australian Limnological Society (ASL)
Member, New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society (NZFSS)
Member, International Paleolimnological Association (IPA)
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment (JENE)

Publications: Journals

[1]  Kattel, G.R. and Sirocko, F. (Accepted) Palaeocladocerans as indicators of environmental, cultural and archaeological developments in Eifel maar lakes region (West Germany) during lateglacial and Holocene periods, Hydrobiologia
[2]  Kattel, G.R. 2011 Can we improve management practice of lakes using cladoceran zooplankton? River Research & Applications, doi: 10.1002/rra.1527.
[3]  Augustinus P, Cochran U, Kattel G. R., D'Costa D, Shane P. 2011. Paleolimnology of Onepoto Maar Paleolake from ca 30 000 to 9 000 cal yr BP, Auckland, New Zealand. Quaternary International, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2011.02.028
[4]  Kattel, G. R. and Augustinus, P. 2010. Biogeography and taxonomy of New Zealand Chydorid Cladocera (Anomopoda, Chydoridae). Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand.40, 209-224, doi: 10.1080/03036758.2010.512626
[5]  Kattel, G.R. andAugustinus, P. 2010. Cladoceran-inferred environmental change during the LGM to Holocene transition from Onepoto maar paleolake, Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 53, 30-41, doi: 10.1080/00288301003631772
[6]  Kattel, G.R. 2009. Application of sediment traps in global change research in mountain lakes. Journal of Mountain Science 6, 228-239, doi: 10.1007/s11629-009-1051-1
[7]  Kattel, G.R., Battarbee, R. W., Mackay, A. W. and Birks, H.J.B. 2008. Recent ecological change in a remote Scottish mountain loch: an evaluation of a Cladocera-based temperature transfer-function. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 259, 51-76. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2007.03.052
[8]  Kattel G. R. and Augustinus, P. 2007. Environmental history of a New Zealand maar lake (Onepoto maar, Auckland) inferred from Cladocera remains. Quaternary International suppl, 167/168: 201
[9]  Kattel, G.R., Battarbee, R.W., Mackay, A.W. and Birks, H.J.B. 2007. Are Cladoceran fossils in core samples a biased reflection of the Cladoceran communities from which they were derived? Journal of Paleolimnology 38:157-181, doi: 10.1007/s10933-006-9073-y.
[10]  Kattel, G.R. & Closs, G.P. 2007. Spatial and temporal variation in the pelagic fish community of a south Island, New Zealand coastal lake. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 41: 1-11.
[11]  Kattel, G.R., Mackay, A.W. and Battarbee, R.W. 2006. Variation in patterns of composition and abundance of cladocerans in littoral and open water habitats of Loch Coire Fionnaraich, Scotland. International Journal of Lakes and Rivers, 1: 35-50.

Publications: Books/Book Chapters

[1]  Kattel, G. R. (Author) 2011. Cladocera in Mountain Lakes of Northwest Europe: Ecology, Values & Techniques for Reconstructing Regional Scale Climate Change. First Edition, ISBN 978-3-8443-8615-8, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG, Saarbr├╝cken, Germany.
[2]  Kattel, G.R. (Editor) 2011. Zooplankton and Phytoplankton: Types, Characteristics, and Ecology. First Edition, ISBN 978-1-61324-508-8, Nova Publishers Inc. New York, USA.
[3]  Kattel, G.R. and Closs, G.P. 2011 Spatial and temporal distribution patterns of zooplankton in a shallow lowland coastal lake, Lake Waihola in New Zealand. In:Zooplankton and Phytoplnakton: Types, Characteristics, and Ecology, Kattel G. R. (Ed), Nova Publishers Inc, USA.
[4]  Kattel, G.R., Battarbee, R.W., Mackay, A.W. and Birks, H.J.B. 2006. Recent Ecological Change in northwest Scotland: evidence from the subfossil assemblages of Cladocera in Loch Coire Fionnaraich. In: Global Change in Mountain Regions, Price, M. (Ed.), Sapiens Publishing, 342p.