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Dr Keller Kopf is a research fellow with interests in fish ecology and the management and conservation of freshwater and marine ecosystems.  His work combines field, laboratory and modelling approaches to address applied and fundamental research questions—mostly related fish and helping to inform government policy and decision-making on sustainable use of aquatic ecosystems and the benefits to people.

The focus of his recent work has been on invasive species ecology, environmental flows, and life-history traits. His research spans large open ocean fish communities to small rivers and streams. This work has led him to think about drivers of biodiversity and its loss across diverse freshwater and marine environments. In this area, he is pursuing projects focused on body size scaling patterns, macroecology and the roles of invasive species in aquatic food webs.

Research Interests

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Environmental management
  • Conservation biology
  • Fish biology and Fisheries science

Professional Information

External Appointments and Memberships:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (member)
  • Australian Society for Fish Biology (Executive council NSW Representative)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University

Master of Science, Massey University

Bachelor of Science, University of Nebraska

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Research Output

Aggressive encounters lead to negative affective state in fish

Rogers, L., Sales, E., Shamsi, S., Kopf, R. K. & Freire, R., 14 Apr 2020, In : PLoS One. 15, 4, p. e0231330

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    Constraints on vertebrate range size predict extinction risk

    Newsome, T. M., Wolf, C., Nimmo, D. G., Kopf, R. K., Ritchie, E. G., Smith, F. A. & Ripple, W. J., Jan 2020, In : Global Ecology and Biogeography. 29, 1, p. 76-86 11 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Effects of fish kills on fish consumers and other water-dependent fauna: Exploring the potential effect of mass mortality of carp in Australia

    McGinness, H. M., Paton, A., Gawne, B., King, A. J., Kopf, R. K., Mac Nally, R. & McInerney, P. J., 2020, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. 71, 2, p. 156-169 15 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
  • Riverscape recruitment: A conceptual synthesis of drivers of fish recruitment in rivers

    Humphries, P., King, A., McCasker, N., Kopf, K., Stoffels, R. J., Zampatti, B. & Price, A., Feb 2020, In : Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 77, 2, p. 213-225 13 p.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)


    2015 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence (Research Excellence)

    Watts, Robyn (Recipient), James Abell (Recipient), Allan, Catherine (Recipient), Carmen Amos (Recipient), Bellio, Mariagrazia (Recipient), Bradley K. Clarke-Wood (Recipient), Finlayson, Max (Recipient), Tamsin Greenwood (Recipient), Hall, Andrew (Recipient), Howitt, Julia (Recipient), Humphries, Paul (Recipient), Jenkins, Kim (Recipient), Kopf, Keller (Recipient), McCasker, Nicole (Recipient), Robinson, Wayne (Recipient), Veronique Janel (Recipient), Wassens, Skye (Recipient), Wolfenden, Ben (Recipient) & Zander, Alek (Recipient), 05 Aug 2015

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    Research honoured in graduation ceremonies

    Adrian Clements, Colin Finlayson, Daniel Svozil, Robyn Watts, Richard Kopf, L.J. Baumgartner & Carmen Huser


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    Helping out our native fish in Yanga Lakes

    Keller Kopf


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    New calls for evidence on viral biocontrol, in Science

    Richard Kopf


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    Biocontrol of invasive carp: Risks abound

    Richard Kopf


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