Associate Professor Dave Crook, Principal Research Fellow
See Dave’s full research profile here.
What are your research interests as they relate to northern Australia?
My main interests are to develop our understanding of the movement and migration behaviours of fishes and another aquatic organisms, and how these behaviours influence large-scale ecological processes. I am also interested in how human disturbances – such as water resource development – influence movement and population connectivity, and ways that we might aim to mitigate potentially negative effects.
What do you love about working in northern Australia?
The fish of northern Australia are amazingly diverse and abundant. There is an excellent existing base of scientific knowledge to work from, but so many more questions we are yet to answer. Even for the best-studied species like barramundi, we are still making new discoveries about their fundamental biology. The opportunity to make significant new discoveries makes northern Australia an exciting environment to conduct research. Give me a river or estuary to work on and I’m happy. They are such dynamic places – they’re different every time you see them, and I like trying to answer the questions of “what’s different, and why?”.