Dr Nils Krueck

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
n.krueck@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52491

Overview

I am broadly interested in marine ecology, fisheries and conservation science, with a primary focus on fish population dynamics and spatial fisheries management. I have been using a range of methods, including field surveys, laboratory experiments, population genetics and modelling, to address research questions in these fields.

My current work concentrates on the development of mathematical models used to support decisions on the overall coverage, size and best location of marine reserves in the south-east Asian Coral Triangle region. Many fishing grounds in this region are heavily overfished, with little or no enforcement of fishery regulations. Marine reserves restrict access of fishers to parts of their fishing grounds, thereby helping to confront the ongoing demise of exceptionally diverse marine ecosystems in the Coral Triangle. Whether access restrictions through marine reserves can also help improve fisheries productivity and the livelihoods of local communities is more uncertain. Based on the latest ecological findings, including data on fish movements between reserves and fished areas, my work aims to help establish marine reserves that are likely to benefit both biodiversity conservation and fisheries productivity.

Here are several projects that I am involved in:

“Reconciling competing objectives for the design of marine reserve networks: biodiversity, food security, and local equity in benefits” (2013-2016). This is an ongoing Australian Research Council Linkage project, partnering scientists at the University of Queensland, University of Melbourne and James Cook University with collaborators at WWF to advance the theory behind marine spatial planning.

“Capturing Coral Reef & Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES)” (2014-2018) is a joint World Bank, Global Environment Facility and University of Queensland project that involves researchers in the ecological, social and economic sciences around the globe to help unlock the natural wealth of coastlines in the East Asia-Pacific region, in order to enhance livelihoods and food security, improve community wellbeing, and sustain coastal ecosystems (http://ccres.net/).

“Operationalizing marine reserve design for rebuilding tropical fisheries” (2017-2020) is an upcoming Australian Research Council Linkage project that partners an international team of scientists with conservation and fisheries management practitioners in Indonesia to learn from the first marine reserve impact monitoring data and help guide plans to rebuild fisheries in other areas.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • McGowan, Jennifer, Bode, Michael, Holden, Matthew H., Davis, Katrina, Krueck, Nils C., Beger, Maria, Yates, Katherine L. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2018) Correction to: Ocean zoning within a sparing versus sharing framework. Theoretical Ecology, 11 2: 255-255. doi:10.1007/s12080-018-0368-1

  • Krueck, Nils C., Legrand, Christelle, Ahmadia, Gabby N., Estradivari,, Green, Alison, Jones, Geoffrey P., Riginos, Cynthia, Treml, Eric A. and Mumby, Peter J. (2018) Reserve sizes needed to protect coral reef fishes. Conservation Letters, 11 3: e12415. doi:10.1111/conl.12415

  • Krueck, Nils C., Ahmadia, Gabby N., Green, Alison, Jones, Geoffrey P., Possingham, Hugh P., Riginos, Cynthia, Treml, Eric A. and Mumby, Peter J. (2017) Incorporating larval dispersal into MPA design for both conservation and fisheries. Ecological Applications, 27 3: 925-941. doi:10.1002/eap.1495

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Publications

Journal Article

  • McGowan, Jennifer, Bode, Michael, Holden, Matthew H., Davis, Katrina, Krueck, Nils C., Beger, Maria, Yates, Katherine L. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2018) Correction to: Ocean zoning within a sparing versus sharing framework. Theoretical Ecology, 11 2: 255-255. doi:10.1007/s12080-018-0368-1

  • Krueck, Nils C., Legrand, Christelle, Ahmadia, Gabby N., Estradivari,, Green, Alison, Jones, Geoffrey P., Riginos, Cynthia, Treml, Eric A. and Mumby, Peter J. (2018) Reserve sizes needed to protect coral reef fishes. Conservation Letters, 11 3: e12415. doi:10.1111/conl.12415

  • Krueck, Nils C., Ahmadia, Gabby N., Green, Alison, Jones, Geoffrey P., Possingham, Hugh P., Riginos, Cynthia, Treml, Eric A. and Mumby, Peter J. (2017) Incorporating larval dispersal into MPA design for both conservation and fisheries. Ecological Applications, 27 3: 925-941. doi:10.1002/eap.1495

  • Krueck, Nils C., Ahmadia, Gabby N., Possingham, Hugh P., Riginos, Cynthia, Treml, Eric A. and Mumby, Peter J. (2017) Marine reserve targets to sustain and rebuild unregulated fisheries. PLoS Biology, 15 1: e2000537. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2000537

  • Roff, George, Doropoulos, Christopher, Rogers, Alice, Bozec, Yves-Marie, Krueck, Nils C., Aurellado, Eleanor, Priest, Mark, Birrell, Chico and Mumby, Peter J. (2016) Reassessing shark-driven trophic cascades on coral reefs: a reply to Ruppert et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31 8: 587-589. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2016.05.005

  • Roff, George, Doropoulos,Christopher, Rogers, Alice, Bozec, Yves-Marie, Krueck, Nils C., Aurellado, Eleanor, Priest,Mark, Birrell, Chico and Mumby, Peter J. (2016) The ecological role of sharks on coral reefs. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31 5: 395-407. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2016.02.014

  • Krück, Nils C., Innes, David I. and Ovenden, Jennifer R. (2013) New SNPs for population genetic analysis reveal possible cryptic speciation of eastern Australian sea mullet (Mugil cephalus). Molecular Ecology Resources, 13 4: 715-725. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12112

  • Krück, Nils C., Tibbetts, Ian R., Ward, Robert D., Johnson, Jeffrey W., Loh, William K. W. and Ovenden, Jennifer R. (2013) Multi-gene barcoding to discriminate sibling species within a morphologically difficult fish genus (Sillago). Fisheries Research, 143 39-46. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2013.01.007

  • Dudgeon, C. L., Blower, D. C., Broderick, D., Giles, J. L., Holmes, B. J., Kashiwagi, T., Krueck, N. C., Morgan, J. A. T., Tillett, B. J. and Ovenden, J. R. (2012) Corrigendum. Journal of Fish Biology, 80 7: 2649-2649. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03364.x

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)