David Crook

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Associate Professor David Crook is a Principal Research Fellow specialising in fish and riverine ecology. He joined RIEL in January 2012 to lead an exciting new project examining the movements of native fish in the Daly River and South Alligator rivers. Funded through the Northern Australia Hub of NERP (National Environmental Research Program), the project is using radio telemetry and otolith chemistry techniques to examine the role of fish migration as a mechanism for transporting energy throughout riverine landscapes.

David has published more than 40 peer reviewed scientific papers and book chapters in the field of fish ecology, and was the 2010 winner of the Australian Society for Limnology's Early Career Excellence award. He has co-supervised two PhD completions, both of whom have found employment in fish-related research (Dr John Morrongiello, Monash University - post-doctoral position at CSIRO in Hobart; Dr Skye Woodcock, Adelaide University - post-doctoral fellow at University of Texas). He is currently co-supervising three PhD students (Wayne Koster - Deakin University), Kate Buckley (CDU), Sharon Every (CDU) and one BSc (Hons) student (Sally Oughton, CDU). David is keen to talk with prospective students about developing research projects.

David has worked on fish ecology research for almost 20 years. He completed his BSc (Hons) in 1993 at the University of Tasmania in Hobart and worked as a native fish conservation officer at the Inland Fisheries Commission for three years, before undertaking PhD research at Charles Sturt University and the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre in Albury between 1998 and 2002. He was employed as a Senior Scientist at the Arthur Rylah Instuitute for Environmental Research in Melbourne between 2002 and 2011, and began work at RIEL in January 2012. David’s current position is a co-appointment with NT Fisheries and he is working with various collaborators within the NT to develop a strategic research partnership to provide new and exciting opportunities for research in fish ecology and fisheries in northern Australia.

Year Type Citation
2013 Journal Article Tonkin, Z. et al. Does localized control of invasive eastern gambusia (Poeciliidae: Gambusia holbrooki ) increase population growth of generalist wetland fishes?. Austral Ecology n/a - n/a (2013). doi:10.1111/aec.12088
2013 Journal Article Morrongiello, J. R., Bond, N. R., Crook, D. A. & Wong, B. B. M. Intraspecific variation in the growth and survival of juvenile fish exposed to Eucalyptus leachate. Ecology and Evolution 3, 3855 - 3867 (2013).
2013 Book Chapter Koehn, J. D. & Crook, D. A. Ecology of Australian Freshwater Fishes (Humphries, P. & Walker, K.) 105-129 (CSIRO Publishing, 2013).
2013 Journal Article Koster, W. M., Dawson, D. R. & Crook, D. A. Downstream spawning migration by the amphidromous Australian grayling (Prototroctes maraena) in a coastal river in south-eastern Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research 64, 31 (2013).
2013 Book Chapter Crook, D. A. & Gillanders, B. M. Ecology of Australian Freshwater Fishes. (Humphries, P. & Walker, K.) 195-221 (CSIRO Publishing, 2013).
2013 Journal Article Crook, D. A. et al. Recruitment sources and dispersal of an invasive fish in a large river system as revealed by otolith chemistry analysis. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70, 953 - 963 (2013).
2013 Journal Article Macdonald, J. I. & Crook, D. A. Nursery sources and cohort strength of young-of-the-year common carp (Cyprinus carpio) under differing flow regimes in a regulated floodplain river. Ecology of Freshwater Fish n/a - n/a (2013). doi:10.1111/eff.12075
2013 Journal Article Chilcott, S. et al. Extinct habitat, extant species: lessons learned from conservation recovery actions for the Pedder galaxias (Galaxias pedderensis) in south-west Tasmania, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research 64, 864 (2013).
2012 Journal Article Morrongiello, J. R., Bond, N. R., Crook, D. A. & Wong, B. B. M. Spatial variation in egg size and egg number reflects trade-offs and bet-hedging in a freshwater fish. Journal of Animal Ecology 81, 806 - 817 (2012).
2012 Journal Article Macdonald, J. I. et al. Do invasive eastern gambusia (Gambusia holbrooki) shape wetland fish assemblage structure in south-eastern Australia?. Marine and Freshwater Research 63, 659 (2012).
2012 Journal Article Macdonald, J. I., McNeil, D. G. & Crook, D. A. Asteriscus v. lapillus: comparing the chemistry of two otolith types and their ability to delineate riverine populations of common carp Cyprinus carpio. Journal of Fish Biology 81, 1715 - 1729 (2012).
2012 Journal Article Macdonald, J. I. et al. Do invasive eastern gambusia (Gambusia holbrooki) shape wetland fish assemblage structure in south-eastern Australia?. Marine and Freshwater Research 63, 659 (2012).
2012 Journal Article Woodcock, S. H., Munro, A. R., Crook, D. A. & Gillanders, B. M. Incorporation of magnesium into fish otoliths: Determining contribution from water and diet. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 94, 12 - 21 (2012).
2012 Journal Article Schmidt, D. J., Real, K. M., Crook, D. A. & Hughes, J. M. Microsatellite markers for Australian temperate diadromous fishes Pseudaphritis urvillii (Bovichtidae) and Lovettia sealii (Galaxiidae). Conservation Genetics Resources (2012). doi:10.1007/s12686-012-9800-9
2011 Journal Article Morrongiello, J. R. et al. Climate change and its implications for Australia's freshwater fish. Marine and Freshwater Research 62, 1082 (2011).
2011 Journal Article Morrongiello, J. R., Crook, D. A., King, A. J., Ramsey, D. S. L. & Brown, P. Impacts of drought and predicted effects of climate change on fish growth in temperate Australian lakes. Global Change Biology 17, (2011).

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