Dr Nils Krueck

Marine reserve design

University of Queensland

Dr Nils Krueck
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
University of Queensland

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 restricti ons 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.