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 John Kirkwood


BSc (Hons), PhD

Research Associate

j.kirkwood@uq.edu.au

John's career has taken him from Antarctica to the tropics, and has involved research on animals ranging from microscopic crustaceans to whales. John worked as a Marine Biologist with the Australian Antarctic Division in the 1980's, then completed a PhD on the ecology of an Antarctic fjord. He has since worked as a Lecturer at Griffith University, a Fisheries Scientist with the Queensland Government and a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland. John also travels to Antarctica and the Arctic on a regular basis as an Expedition Leader/Naturalist with Aurora Expeditions. He is a keen collaborator on the UQ Dugong program, and is adept at catching dugongs and then sexing them using his patented '6-pack' method.

Key papers

Brown, I.W., Sumpton, W.D., McLennan, M., Mayer, D., Campbell, M., Kirkwood, J.M., Butcher, A.R., Halliday, I., Mapleston, A., Welch. D., Begg, G.A. & Sawynok, B. (2010) An improved technique for estimating short-term survival of released line-caught fish, and an application comparing barotrauma-relief methods in red emperor (Lutjanus sebae Cuvier 1816). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology 385: 1-7.

Sumpton, W.D., Brown, I.W., Mayer, D., McLennan, M., Mapleston, A., Butcher, A.R., Welch, D.J., Kirkwood, J.M. Sawynok, B. and Begg, G.A. (2010) Assessing the effects of line capture and barotrauma relief procedures on post-release survival of key tropical reef fish species in Australia using recreational tagging clubs. Fisheries Management and Ecology 17: 77-88.

Sumpton, W.D., Mayer, D., Brown, I.W., Sawynok, B., McLennan, M., Butcher, A.R. & Kirkwood, J.M. (2008) Investigation of movement and factors influencing post-release survival of line-caught coral reef fish using recreational tag-recapture data. Fisheries Research (Amsterdam) 92, 189-195. Doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2008.01.019

Couchman D, J. Beumer & J.M. Kirkwood (2007) Mangrove myths and reality: their connectivity to fisheries production. Bulletin of Marine Science 80(3), 918.

Lanyon, J.M., Slade, R.W., Sneath, H.L., Broderick, D., Kirkwood, J.M., Limpus, D., Limpus, C.J. & Jessop, T. (2006) A method for capturing dugongs (Dugong dugon) inopen-water. Aquatic Mammals 32, 196-201.

Kirkwood, J.M., Brown, I.W. Gaddes, S.W. & Hoyle, S. (2005) Juvenile length-at-age data reveal that spanner crabs (Ranina ranina) grow slowly. Marine Biology 147, 331-339.

Kirkwood, J.M. & Hooper, J.N.A. (2004) Coastal and marine biodiversity of the Burnett-Mary Region. Technical Report to Burnett-Mary Regional Group, 50pp.

Rudkin, K.C., Kirkwood, J.M., Hero, J-M. & Arthur, M. (2003) Do estuarine no-take reserves affect the abundance and length frequencies of fishery target species - an assessment of two north Queensland estuarine 'no-take' marine park zones. In Beumer, J.P., Grant, A. & Smith, D.C. Aquatic Protected Areas: What works best and how do we know? ASFB Australia, pp 500-510.

Lanyon, J.M., Sneath, H.L., Kirkwood, J.M., & Slade, R.W (2002) Establishing a mark-recapture program for dugongs in Moreton Bay, south-east Queensland. Australian Mammalogy 24, 51-56.

Brown, I.W., Kirkwood, J.M., Gaddes, S., Dichmont, C. & Ovenden, J.R. (1999) Population dynamics and management of spanner crabs in southern Queensland. Final Report to Fisheries Research and Development Corporation 128pp.

Ikeda, T., Dixon, P. & Kirkwood, J. (1985) Laboratory observations of moulting, growth and maturation in Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba Dana). Polar Biology 4, 1-18.

John on a sub-Antarctic
island, with friend
Kirkwood, J.M. (1983) A guide to the Euphausiacea of the Southern Ocean. Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions, Research Notes 1, 1-45.

Kirkwood, J.M. (1996) The developmental rate of Euphausia crystallorophias larvae in Ellis Fjord, Vestfold Hills, Antarctica. Polar Biology 16, 527-530.

Kirkwood, J.M. (2000) Marine Fish Habitat Research, Strategic Plan: A Whole of Ecosystem Approach. Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane, 10pp.

Kirkwood, J.M. & Brown, I.W. (1998) The effect of limb damage on the survival and burial time of discarded spanner crabs Ranina ranina (Linnaeus). Marine and Freshwater Research 49, 41-45.

Kirkwood, J.M., Brown, I.W. Gaddes, S.W. & Hoyle, S. (2005) Juvenile length-at-age data reveal that spanner crabs (Ranina ranina) grow slowly. Marine Biology 147, 331-339.

Kirkwood, J.M. & Burton, H.R. (1988) Macrobenthic species assemblages in Ellis Fjord, Vestfold Hills, Antarctica. Marine Biology 97, 445-457.

Weddell seal pup
Kirkwood, J.M. & Hooper, J.N.A. (2004) Coastal and marine biodiversity of the Burnett-Mary Region. Technical Report to Burnett-Mary Regional Group 50pp

Lanyon, J.M., Slade, R.W., Sneath, H.L., Broderick, D., Kirkwood, J.M., Limpus, D., Limpus, C.J. & Jessop, T. (2006) A method for capturing dugongs (Dugong dugon) in open-water. Aquatic Mammals 32, 196-201.

Lanyon, J.M., Sneath, H.L., Kirkwood, J.M., & Slade, R.W (2002) Establishing a mark-recapture program for dugongs in Moreton Bay, south-east Queensland. Australian Mammalogy 24, 51-56.

Rudkin, K.C., Kirkwood, J.M., Hero, J-M. & Arthur, M. (2003) Do estuarine no-take reserves affect the abundance and length frequencies of fishery target species - an assessment of two north Queensland estuarine 'no-take' marine park zones. In Beumer, J.P., Grant, A. & Smith, D.C. Aquatic Protected Areas: What works best and how do we know? ASFB Australia, pp 500-510.

Links

Aurora Expeditions website

At work ...

Humpback whale with tourists in Antarctica