Assoc Prof David Crook

Assoc Prof David Crook
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Principal Research fellow
Primary research group: 
Aquatic Ecology and Management
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David is a Principal Research Fellow with more than 20 years experience as a research scientist within the government and university sectors. His research activities focus on fish movement and migration, population structure, riverine ecology and fisheries. David has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters and was the 2010 winner of the Australian Society for Limnology's Early Career Excellence award.

After almost a decade working with the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research in Melbourne, David joined Charles Darwin University in 2012 to lead a study into the movements of fish in the Daly River and Kakadu National Park funded by the National Environmental Research Program (Northern Australia Hub). He has since commenced work on several new projects, applying techniques including acoustic telemetry and otolith chemistry to increase our understanding of the migrations and population connnectivity of freshwater, marine and diadromous fishes in northern Australia.

David greatly enjoys student supervision and is keen to talk with prospective students about developing research projects. Previous post-graduate students include Dr John Morrongiello (lecturer, University of Melbourne), Dr Skye Woodcock (post-doctoral fellow, Adelaide University) and Dr Wayne Koster (Senior Research Scientist, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research). His current PhD students are: Kate Buckley (CDU), Sharon Every (CDU), Rakeb-Ul Isam (Griffith University), Lachlan Hetherington (CDU), Brien Roberts (CDU), Bryan Baker (CDU and Kyle Tyler (CDU).

For further information on David's research, visit his Google Scholar profile at: or his ResearchGate account at:

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