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Dr Keller Kopf

Higher Degree by Research
Dr. R Keller Kopf

Dr. Keller Kopf is an ecologist and lecturer in the College of Engineering, IT & Environment. Keller moved to Darwin in 2020 after working as a research and teaching fellow at Charles Sturt University, where his research focused on invasive species, food webs and ecological responses to river flows in the Murray-Darling Basin.

His research combines field, laboratory and statistical modelling approaches to address applied and fundamental research questions, mostly related to the ecology and conservation of fish the environments they inhabit. His research aims to guide management of river-floodplains, sustainable fisheries and marine ecosystems. 

Keller is originally from the United States and after completing a BSc in Fisheries & Wildlife Management at the University of Nebraska, he completed post-graduate studies on life-history and population dynamics of open ocean fishes in New Zealand (MSc.) and Australia (PhD). 

Research interests:

  • ecology of freshwater and marine fish
  • fisheries science and management
  • macroecology and conservation biogeography  
  • river and wetland ecology and management.

HDR project opportunities:

  • River flows and trophic ecology of predators in tropical river-floodplains.
  • Effects of warming water temperature on fish and fisheries recruitment in northern Australia.

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