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Prof. Cooper specialises in using ancient DNA to record and study evolutionary processes in real time, especially those associated with environmental change. His work ranges over timescales of hundreds of years old (eg museum specimens) to material well beyond the ca. 60 kyr range of carbon-dating, such as permafrost-preserved bones of mammals and sediment dating to >300 kyr. His research is characterised by multi-disciplinary approaches involving the combination of information from areas such as geology, archaeology, anthropology, and even forensics to provide novel views of evolution, population genetics and palaeoecology.
Prof. Alan Cooper moved from Oxford University (where he was the Director of the Henry Wellcome Ancient Biomolecules Centre) to Adelaide in 2005 on an ARC Federation Fellowship to establish the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD). ACAD provides a centre for evolutionary research in the Southern Hemisphere, particularly the impacts and timing of environmental change (eg climate, humans) on animals, plants and microbes by measuring the genetic records preserved in bones, teeth, leaves and seeds, faeces, and other remains from caves, museums and sediments. He was awarded a Future Fellowship in 2010, and an ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2014.

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Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
School of Biological Sciences
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The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005


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