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Personal profile

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

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Behavioural assessment of Murray cod decision-making and implications for conservation and welfare

    Rogers, L., Sales, E., Kopf, K. & Freire, R., 14 Oct 2019. 1 p.

    Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Open Access
  • Biocontrol in Australia: Can a carp herpesvirus (CyHV-3) deliver safe and effective ecological restoration?

    Kopf, R., Boutier, M., Finlayson, C., Hodges, K., Humphries, P., King, A., Kingsford, R., Marshall, J., McGinness, H., Thresher, R. & Vanderplasschen, A., Jun 2019, In : Biological Invasions. 21, 6, p. 1857-1870 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Biocontrol of carp: The Australian plan does not stand up to a rational analysis of safety and efficacy

    Boutier, M., Donohoe, O., Kopf, K., Humphries, P., Becker, J. A., Marshall, J. & Vanderplasschen, A., 30 Apr 2019, In : Frontiers in Microbiology. 10, APR, p. 1-4 4 p., 882.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
    2 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    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., 24 May 2019, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. p. 1-15 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


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

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

    Prize: Award

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    Research honoured in graduation ceremonies

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


    1 Media contribution

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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


    1 item of Media coverage

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