I have over 20 years experience of research into the ecology and physiology of vertebrates in the lab and field, specialising in the physiology and ecology of marsupials.  Recently I have been working on the physiological mechanisms of impacts of changing climates on endemic vertebrates of Australia’s wet tropics, including rainforest ringtail possums and microhylid frogs, as well as the ecology and conservation biology of rainforest marsupial folivores.


  • BZ5935: Terrestrial Ecophysiology (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Ecophysiology
  • 1997 to 2013 - Lecturer etc, JCU (Cairns)
  • 1995 to 1996 - Professional Officer, UNSW (Sydney)
  • 1993 to 1994 - Post-doctoral fellow, University of Washington (Seattle)
Research Disciplines
  • 1993 to 1994 - University of Sydney Eleanor Sophia Wood Travelling Post-doctoral Fellowship

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 61+ research outputs authored by Prof Andrew Krockenberger from 2000 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - National Environmental Science Program 2 (NESP 2) - Resilient Landscapes Hub

Mission Research ? Threatened and migratory species and threatened ecological communities

Indicative Funding
$300,000 over 6 years (administered by University of Western Australia)
This project will provide the research foundation for the `Threatened and Migratory Species and Threatened Ecological Communities? functional Mission to support policy development, program management and regulatory processes to protect Australia?s environmental assets in terrestrial, Ramsar and marine environments. It will also facilitate the Resilient Landscapes (RL)Hub?s contribution to the three other Missions. It will identify prospective research projects through scoping, reviews and workshops and will support the co-design process with research users and researchers. Outputs include a review and priority co-designed project proposals for submission in subsequent research plans of all four Hubs and an overall research plan for this Mission.
Helene Marsh, Stephen Williams, Andrew Krockenberger and Damien Burrows (TropWater, College of Science & Engineering and Research Infrastructure)
threatened species; threatened ecological communities; migratory species; extreme events; development concern

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Enabling wider use of mechanistic models for biodiversity forecasts

Indicative Funding
$52,993 over 3 years (administered by University of Melbourne)
Forecasting species distributions is challenging yet necessary. The pattern-based models commonly used are error-prone. Mechanistic models, best equipped for the task, are limited by lack of data. This project aims to enable wider use of mechanistic models by developing new methods for dealing with incomplete trait data and uncertainty. It expects to generate new knowledge about how species? traits define the environments in which they persist. Anticipated outcomes include enhanced capacity to apply mechanistic models to conservation problems, methods for communicating uncertainties and models for tens of species of immediate conservation interest. This will enable more reliable biodiversity forecasts, supporting better decision-making.
Stephen Williams, Jane Elith, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita, Andrew Krockenberger and Michael McCarthy (College of Science & Engineering, University of Melbourne and Research Infrastructure)
Biodiversity; Mechanistic Modeling; Conservation; Climate Change; Species distributions

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - Future Drought Fund - Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

Tropical North Queensland Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (TNQHub)

Indicative Funding
$9,308,333 over 3 years, in partnership with Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd ($40,000); NQ Dry Tropics ($120,000); Sensand Technologies Pty Ltd ($19,970); Southern Gulf NRM Ltd ($200,000); the Fitzroy Basin Association ($60,000); the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group ($20,000) and the Reef Catchments Limited ($80,000)
This project will establish, implement and manage the TNQHub (?Hub?) activities including collaborative research, development, extension, adoption and commercialisation (RDEA&C). The Hub will help Australian farmers and communities become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought. The objective is to invest in RDEA&C activities, which involves: - Cross-sectoral innovative and transformative RDEA&C - Focus on the needs of end users, involving them in the co-design and adoption phases of research and development - Delivery of effective communication of new and existing knowledge and technologies - Co-investment in national drought resilience RDEA&C priorities with collaboration and co-design between governments, primary producers, community groups, research and training provider
Andrew Krockenberger in collaboration with Daniel Christie, Rachel Hay, Rocky de Nys, Yvette Everingham, Luke Deacon, Hurriyet Babacan, Allan Dale, Anne Steinemann, Ian Atkinson, Diane Jarvis, Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar, John Cavalieri, Chris Gardiner, Aduli Malau-Aduli, Nathan Waltham, Ron White, Maxine Whittaker and Stewart Lockie (Research Infrastructure, College of Science & Engineering, College of Business, Law & Governance, Research & Innovation Services, Cairns Institute, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and TropWater)
Drought; Agriculture; Resilience

WV Scott Charitable Trust - Research Grant

Greater glider (Petauroides Volans) mechanisms for adaptation in extreme environments

Indicative Funding
$44,500 over 8 years
Greater gliders north of the Tropic of Capricorn are half the size of those occurring in southern Australia and may constitute a subspecies. The mechanism behind these size differences in endotherms is highly controversial. The prevailing theory is heat conservation, due to a decreased surface area to mass ratio in larger animals; however alternative mechanisms have been suggested. This study will be the first to examine divergence in their phylogeny, physiology and differences in thermal tolerance between populations ranging from tropical to temperate forests. Underlying mechanisms will be investigated including water/nutrient availability, seasonality, thermal responses, microhabitat, insulation, and predator/competitor pressure.
Denise McGregor, Andrew Krockenberger, Lin Schwarzkopf and Sarah Kerr (College of Science & Engineering and Research Infrastructure)
Bergmann's rule; Thermoregulation; Greater glider; Petauroides Volans- Pseudocheiridae; Body Size; Genetic divergence

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Ecological Predictors of Range-Wide Patterns of Abundance and Genetic Divrsity of Mammals (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Utililising Drone-based Thermal Remote Sensing technology to accurately estimate Spectacled Flying-Fox (Pteropus conspicillatus) abundance and model population trajectories (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Evaluation of hunting Sustainablility and the Potential Role of Protected Areas in YUS: Implications for Conservation (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Environmental influences on geographic variations in body size in greater gliders (Petauroides volans) (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • An Uphill Battle: The Impacts of Climate Change on Montane Rainforest Vertebrates (PhD , Advisor Mentor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
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