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NOAA Fisheries Personnel Default Profile

Christian Reiss, Ph.D.

Program Lead, Krill and Oceanographic Research
Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division
Phone: (858) 546-7127

Christian Reiss, Ph.D.

Program Lead, Krill and Oceanographic Research

Christian Reiss is Research Fishery Biologist in the Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division. He conducts research on the population dynamics and ecology of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) using a variety of field-based approaches. Since 2005, he led annual expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula. Recently, he led the transition from a ship-based to an autonomous program to conduct this research. His work supports NOAA and the Department of State to manage the krill fishery and Antarctic resources in support of the U.S. AMLR Program Act.

Selected Publications:

Reiss, C.S., Cossio, A.M., Cutter, G.R., Walsh, J., Watters, G.M. 2021. Glider-based estimates of meso-zooplankton biomass: a fisheries case study on Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) around the northern Antarctic Peninsula. Frontiers in Marine Science. DOI:

Conroy, J.A., Reiss, C.S., Gleiber, M.R., Steinberg, D.K. 2020. Linking Antarctic krill larval supply and recruitment along the Antarctic Peninsula. Integrative and Comparative BiologyDOI:

Walsh, J., Reiss, C.S., Watters, G.M. 2020. Flexibility in Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) decouples diet and recruitment from overwinter sea-ice conditions in the northern Antarctic Peninsula May 2020. Marine Ecology Progress Series. DOI:

Watters, G.M., Hinke, J.T., Reiss, C.S. 2020. Long-term observations from Antarctica demonstrate that mismatched scales of fisheries management and predator-prey interaction lead to erroneous conclusions about precaution. Scientific Reports. 10(1):2314-2317. DOI:

Atkinson, A.A., Hill, S.L., Pakhomov,  E.A., Siegel, V., Reiss, C.S., Loeb, V.J., et al. 2019. Krill (Euphausia superba) distribution contracts southward during rapid regional warming. Nature Climate Change. 9 (2), 142-147. DOI:

Klemmedson, A., Reiss, C.S., Goebel, M.E., Dorval, E., and Kaufmann, R. 2018. Variability in age of a Southern Ocean myctophid (Gymnoscopelus nicholsi) derived from scat-recovered otoliths. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 633, 55-69. DOI:

Reiss C.S., and 7 others. 2017. Overwinter habitat selection by Antarctic krill under varying sea ice conditions: implications for top predators and fishery management. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 568:1-16. DOI:

Kilada, R., Reiss, C.S., Kawaguchi, S., King, R.A., Matsuda, T., Ichii, T. 2017. Validation of band counts in eyestalks for the determination of age of Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba. PLoSONE 12(2): e0171773. DOI: