Professor Steven Cooper

Professor Steven Cooper
 Position Affiliate
 Org Unit Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5575
 Location Floor/Room 2 10e ,  Darling ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Professor Steven Cooper is a Principal Researcher at the South Australian Museum and an affiliate at the University of Adelaide, where he is a member of the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity, associated with the School of Biological Sciences. His research investigates the diversity, evolution and molecular ecology of Australian fauna, with a strong focus on subterranean and groundwater invertebrate fauna from the arid zone of Australia.

  • Awards & Achievements

    He was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship in 2003 for research on subterranean faunas and was a visiting Conviron Fellow at the University of Sheffield, UK in 2008.

  • Research Interests

    1.  Phylogeography of Australian fauna: the biogeographic history of organisms and factors that influence speciation. Collaborators: Prof. R. Butlin (University of Sheffield, UK), Dr. T. Kawakami (Sweden), Dr. Simon Baxter (University of Adelaide): morabine grasshopper evolution. Dr. M. Gardner (Flinders University), Mr. M. Adams (SA Museum), PhD student Ms. M. Ansari: phylogeography.

    2.  Molecular systematics and evolutionary origins of Australian arid zone fauna (Major project on the evolution of subterranean animals in central WA: collaborators: Profs. W. Humphreys and M. Harvey, WA Museum; Dr. R. King, Dr C. Watts, Dr R. Leijs, Dr. M. Stevens SA Museum; Prof. A. Austin, Dr. M. Guzik, Dr. K. Abrams, University of Adelaide; Dr S. Taiti Italy; Dr Joo-Lae Cho, Sth Korea. Ph.D students: Mr. M. Javidkar, Ms. S. Harrison.

    3. Conservation/ population genetics/ social behaviour/ systematic studies of bats,  reptiles, marsupials, wasps, spiders and Antarctic invertebrates; collaborators: Prof. Andy Austin, Dr. D. Taggart, Dr. M. Rix, University of Adelaide; Prof. S. Carthew (Charles Darwin University), Dr M. Harvey WA Museum. Dr. C. Kemper, Mr M. Adams SA Museum, Dr. A. Taylor, Monash University; Dr M. Lancaster (Healsville Sanctuary); Ph.D students: Mr T. Reardon, Mr. N. Fuller, Ms. K. Trengrove, Ms. You Li, Ms. A. McLean, Ms. R. Kittel Mr. A. Castrillon.


  • Publications


    121. Javidkar M., Cooper S.J.B., King R.A., Humphreys W.F. & Austin A.D. (2015) Molecular phylogenetic and morphological analyses reveal a new Southern Hemisphere oniscidean (Crustacea, Isopoda) family with a unique water transport system. Invertebrate Systematics 29: 554-577.

    120. Velasco-Castrillón A., Sands C.J., McInnes S.J., Schultz M.B., Arróniz-Crespo M., D'Haese C., Gibson J.A.E., Adams B., Page T.J., Austin A.D., Cooper S.J.B. & Stevens M.I. (2015) Mitochondrial DNA reveals hidden diversity for tardigrades from across the Antarctic realm. Invertebrate Systematics 29: 578-590.

    119. Harvey M.S., Main B.Y., Rix M.G., Cooper S.J.B. (2015) Refugia within refugia: in situ speciation and conservation of threatened Bertmainius (Araneae: Migidae), a new genus of relictual trapdoor spiders endemic to the mesic zone of south-western Australia. Invertebrate Systematics 29: 511-553.

    118. Malekian M., Cooper S. J. B., Saint K. M., Lancaster M. L., Taylor A.C. & Carthew S. M. (2015) Effects of landscape matrix on population connectivity of an arboreal mammal, Petaurus breviceps. Ecology and Evolution 5(18): 3939-3953.

    117. Leijs R, Bradford T, Mitchell J.G., Humphreys W.F., Cooper S.J.B., Goonan P. & King R.A. (2015) The evolution of epigean and stygobitic species of Koonunga (Syncarida: Anaspidaceae) in Southern Australia, with the description of three new species. PLoS One 10(8): e0134673.

    116. Lancaster M.L., Cooper S.J.B., Taylor A.C. & Carthew S.M. (2015) Entering a hostile matrix: genetic consequences of forest fragmentation by agricultural land in an arboreal marsupial. Landscape Ecology (on-line early 1/10/2015).

    115. Murphy N. P., Guzik M. T., Cooper S. J. B. & Austin A. D. (2015) Desert spring refugia: Museums of diversity or evolutionary cradles? Zoologica Scripta (on-line early 3rd Aug 2015).

    114. Hose G.C., Asmyhr M.G., Cooper S.J.B. & Humphreys W.F. (2015) Down under Down Under: Austral groundwater life. In Stow A., Maclean N. & Holwell G.I. (Eds), Austral Ark, pp. 512-536, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 

    113. Karanovic T., Eberhard S., Cooper S.J.B. & Guzik M. (2015) Morphological and molecular study of the genus Nitokra (Crustacea, Copepoda, Harpacticoida) in a small palaeochannel in Western Australia. Organisms Diversity and Evolution 15: 65-99.

    112. Tierney S.M., Cooper S. J. B., Saint K. M., Bertozzi T., Hyde J., Humphreys W.F. & Andrew D. Austin (2015) Opsin transcripts of predatory diving beetles: a comparison of surface and subterranean photic niches. Royal Society Open Science 2: 140386.

    111. Li Y., Lancaster M.L., Cooper S. J.B., Taylor A.C. & Carthew, S.M. (2015) Population structure and gene flow in the endangered southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus obesulus) across a fragmented landscape. Conservation Genetics 16: 331-345.

    110. Ansari T.H., Bertozzi T., Hacking J., Cooper S. J. B. and Gardner M. G. (2014) Random non-coding fragments of lizard DNA: Anonymous nuclear loci for the Australian skink, Tiliqua rugosa and their utility in other Egernia group species. Australian Journal of Zoology 62: 515-518.

    109. Potter S., Close R.L., Taggart D.A., Cooper S.J.B. & Eldridge M.D.B. (2014) Taxonomy of rock-wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). IV. Multifaceted study of the brachyotis group identifies additional taxa. Australian Journal of Zoology 62: 401-414.
    108. Li Y., Lancaster M.L., Carthew, S.M., Packer J. G. & Cooper S. J.B. (2014) Delineation of conservation units in an endangered marsupial, the southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus obesulus) in South Australia/Western Victoria, Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology 62: 345-359.

    107. Cooper S.J.B., Watts C.H.S., Saint K.M. & Leijs R. (2014) Phylogenetic relationships of Australian Scirtidae (Coleoptera) based on mitochondrial and nuclear sequences. Invertebrate Systematics 28: 628-642.

    106. Fuller N.C., Carthew S.M. & Cooper S.J.B. (2014) Isolation and characterisation of 16 microsatellite markers for the endangered Gould’s long-eared bat (Nyctophilus gouldi) and cross-amplification in the lesser long-eared bat (N. geoffroyi). Conservation Genetics Resources 6: 519-522.

    105. Reardon T.B., McKenzie N.L., Cooper S.J.B., Appleton B., Carthew S. & Adams M. (2014) A molecular and morphological investigation of species boundaries and phylogenetic relationships in Australian free-tailed bats Mormopterus (Chiroptera: Molossidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 62: 109-136.

    104. McLean A.L., Cooper S.J.B., Lancaster M.L. & Carthew S.M. (2014) Development of 16 microsatellite loci for the endangered sandhill dunnart (Sminthopsis psammophila). Conservation Genetics Resources 6: 323-326.

    103. Bradford T., Humphreys W., Austin A. & Cooper S.J.B. (2014) Identification of trophic niches of subterranean diving beetles in a calcrete aquifer by DNA and stable isotope analyses. Marine and Freshwater Research 65: 95-104.

  • Professional Associations

    Society of Australian Systematic Biologists (council member).

    Editor of the CSIRO journal Australian Journal of Zoology.

    Member of the Society of Australian Systematic Biologists, and Genetics Society of Australasia.

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