Andrew Kough, Ph.D.
Andy Kough leads fieldwork in the Bahamas to study populations and management strategies for queen conch, an iconic species that is declining due to overfishing.
Ph.D., Marine Biology and Fisheries, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
B.Sc., Biology, Gettysburg College
“My favorite exhibit is Wild Reef. The diversity we see in the adult fishes and invertebrates on display was also present when these animals started life as planktonic larvae. The larvae of each species are just as unique as the adults, and their fascinating adaptations and journeys complement the beauty found throughout coral reefs.”
Andrew Kough joined Shedd Aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research in 2015. Kough will lead fieldwork in the Bahamas to describe the larval journeys of queen conch (Lobatus gigas), an iconic but threatened species. His research focuses on the connectivity of declining conch populations and aims to uncover how otherwise separate habitats are linked by larval exchange. In partnership with a team of community scientists, Kough will survey previously undescribed conch populations throughout the Bahamas, taking measurements of adult population size and structure. These data will inform virtual models of queen conch larval dispersal that predict which populations exchange larvae and identify pathways of natural replenishment to better guide conservation planning.
Kough earned his doctorate in marine biology and fisheries from the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. His dissertation research was on the larval connectivity of the Caribbean spiny lobster.
Souza, P.M., & Kough, A.S. (2020). Queen Conch Lobatus gigas population estimates and age structure suggest a potential natural refuge on the Cay Sal Bank, The Bahamas. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems,2020, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.3348
Zhao M., Behringer, D.C., Bojko, J., Kough A. S., Plough, L., [13 others], & Schott , E. J. (2020) Climate and season are associated with prevalence and distribution of trans-hemispheric blue crab reovirus (Callinectes sapidus reovirus 1) Marine Ecology Progress Series, 647, 123–133. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13405
Kough, A. S., Belak, C. A., Paris, C. B., Lundy, A., Cronin, H., Gnanalingam, G., ... & Stoner, A. W. (2019). Ecological spillover from a marine protected area replenishes an over‐exploited population across an island chain. Conservation Science and Practice, 1(3), e17.https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.17
Stoner, A. W., Davis, M. H., & Kough, A. S. (2019). Relationships between fishing pressure and stock structure in queen conch (Lobatus gigas) populations: synthesis of long-term surveys and evidence for overfishing in the Bahamas. Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture, 27(1), 51– 71. https://doi.org/10.1080/23308249.2018.1480008
Truelove, N. K., Box, S. J., Aiken, K. A., Blythe‐Mallett, A., Boman, E. M., Booker, C. J.,…Kough, A. S., …... & Glazer, B. A. (2017). Isolation by oceanic distance and spatial genetic structure in an overharvested international fishery. Diversity and Distributions, 23(11), 1292-1300. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12626
Lee, B.B., Schott, E.J., Behringer, D.C., Boko, J., Kough, A.S., & Plough, L.V. (2020) Rapid Genetic Identification of the Blue Crab Callinectes sapidus and Other Callinectes spp. Using Restriction Enzyme Digestion and High Resolution Melt (HRM) Assays. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 633. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00633
Boman, E.M., de Graaf, M, Kough, A.S., Izioka-Kuramae, A., Zuur, A.F., Smaal A., & Nagelkerke, L. (2021). Spatial dependency in abundance of Queen conch, Aliger gigas, in the Caribbean, indicates the importance of surveying deep-water distributions. Diversity and Distributions, 27, 2157-2169. https:/doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13392
Kough, A.S., Jacobs, G.R., Gorsky, D., & Willink, P.W. (2018). Diel timing of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) activity revealed by satellite tags in the Laurentian Great Lake Basin. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 44(1), 157-165. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2017.10.008
Kough, A.S, Paris, C. B., Butler, I. V., & Mark, J. (2018). The spatial context of “winning” in MPA network design: Location matters. Conservation Letters, 11(3), e12455. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12455