Dr Natalie Cooper

Dr Natalie Cooper

Researcher

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Vertebrates Division
Phone: 0207942 5083
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Summary

My research sits at the interface between macroecology and macroevolution, and aims to understand broad-scale patterns of biodiversity. I use cutting-edge phylogenetic comparative methods, morphological data collected from museum specimens, phylogenies, ecological data, species geographic range maps, fossils and various larger databases, to investigate a variety of questions including the influence of competition on macroevolutionary patterns, rates and modes of evolution, and the evolutionary ecology of zoonotic diseases. I also critique and develop phylogenetic comparative methods.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2009

MSc, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, 2004 - 2005

BSc, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, 2001 - 2004

Employment history

Academic

Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2012 - 2015

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, United States, 2010 - 2011

Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, United States, 2009 - 2010

Highlighted publications

Guillerme T, Cooper N (2016) Effects of missing data on topological inference using a Total Evidence approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 94 : 146 - 158. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.08.023

Finlay S, Cooper N (2015) Morphological diversity in tenrecs (Afrosoricida, Tenrecidae): comparing tenrec skull diversity to their closest relatives. PeerJ, 3 : e927 - e927. doi: 10.7717/peerj.927

Nunn CL, Cooper N (2015) Investigating evolutionary lag using the species-pairs evolutionary lag test (SPELT). Evolution, 69 (1) : 245 - 253. doi: 10.1111/evo.12520

Healy K, Guillerme T, Finlay S, Kane A, Kelly SBA, et al. (2014) Ecology and mode-of-life explain lifespan variation in birds and mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1784) : 20140298 - 20140298. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0298

Healy K, McNally L, Ruxton GD, Cooper N, Jackson AL (2013) Metabolic rate and body size are linked with perception of temporal information. Animal Behaviour, 86 (4) : 685 - 696. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.06.018

Kamilar JM, Cooper N (2013) Phylogenetic signal in primate behaviour, ecology and life history. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 368 (1618) : 20120341 - 20120341. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0341

Grants

Evolutionary Ecology and Fossil Primates
Role: Principal investigator
Funding: FP7 - People
Total value £100,000
Dates: 2012 - 2015

Molecules meet fossils – an integrated approach to studying palaeodiversity
Role: Principal investigatorWaeschenbach A
Co-investigator: Taylor P
Funding: Leverhulme Trust
Total value £350,090 (to Museum £350,090)
Dates: 2017 - 2020

Committees

Member, British Ecological Society Publications Committee,

Vice chair, British Ecological Society Macroecology Special Interest Group,

Memberships

Member, British Ecological Society.

Editorships

Editor, Primers in Ecology and Evolution, Oxford University Press, 2019 - on going.

Associate editor, Methods in Ecology and Evolution,

Events

Conference Attendance

Attendee/participant, BES Quantitative Ecology 2018, (Conference),

Attendee/participant, Chair, Organiser, BES Macro 2016, (Conference), 2016 - 2016.

Attendee/participant, Facilitator, British Ecological Society annual meeting, (Conference), 2015 - 2015.

Attendee/participant, Workshop, British Ecological Society annual meeting, (Conference), 2016 - 2016.

Chair, Attendee/participant, Organiser, BES Macro 2017, (Conference), 2017 - 2017.

Attendee/participant, Session chair, Organiser, BES Macro 2018, (Conference), 2018 - 2018.

Attendee/participant, Chair, Organiser, BES Macro 2019, (Conference), 2019 - 2019.

Organisation

Organiser, BES Macro ECR workshop, (Workshop),

Organising committee, Disparate views on disparity, (Workshop),

Organiser, BES Macro 2017, (Conference),

Organiser, BES Macro 2016, (Conference),

Publications

Coombs EJ, Deauville R, Sabin RC, Allan L, O'Connell M, Berrow S, Smith B, Brownlow A, Ten Doeschate M, Penrose R, Williams R, Perkins MW, Jepson PD, Cooper N (null) What can cetacean stranding records tell us? A study of UK and Irish cetacean diversity over the past 100 years. Marine Mammal Science, doi: 10.1111/mms.12610

Verde Arregoitia LD, Cooper N, D'Elia G (2018) Good practices for sharing analysis-ready data in mammalogy and biodiversity research. Hystrix : the Italian Journal of Mammalogy, 29 : 155 - 161. doi: 10.4404/hystrix-00133-2018

Guillerme T, Cooper N (2018) Time for a rethink: time sub-sampling methods in disparity-through-time analyses. Palaeontology, 61 (4) : 481 - 493. doi: 10.1111/pala.12364

Page CE, Cooper N (2017) Morphological convergence in ‘river dolphin’ skulls. PeerJ, 5 : e4090 - e4090. doi: 10.7717/peerj.4090

Cooper N, Thomas GH, FitzJohn RG (2016) Shedding light on the ‘dark side’ of phylogenetic comparative methods. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 7 (6) : 693 - 699. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12533

Cooper N, Thomas GH, Venditti C, Meade A, Freckleton RP (2016) A cautionary note on the use of Ornstein Uhlenbeck models in macroevolutionary studies. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 118 (1) : 64 - 77. doi: 10.1111/bij.12701

Guillerme T, Cooper N (2016) Assessment of available anatomical characters for linking living mammals to fossil taxa in phylogenetic analyses. Biology Letters, 12 (5) : 20151003 - 20151003. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.1003

Cooper N (2015) Cooper et al 2016 MEE_data.

Guillerme T, Cooper N (2016) Effects of missing data on topological inference using a Total Evidence approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 94 : 146 - 158. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.08.023

Finlay S, Cooper N (2015) Morphological diversity in tenrecs (Afrosoricida, Tenrecidae): comparing tenrec skull diversity to their closest relatives. PeerJ, 3 : e927 - e927. doi: 10.7717/peerj.927

Nunn CL, Cooper N (2015) Investigating evolutionary lag using the species-pairs evolutionary lag test (SPELT). Evolution, 69 (1) : 245 - 253. doi: 10.1111/evo.12520

Cooper N (2014) PGLS Problem Set - AnthroTree 2014.

Cooper N (2014) Models of evolution problem set - Linnaean Society 2014.

Cooper N (2014) Quantitative Biology Practical.

Kelly SBA, Kelly DJ, Cooper N, Bahrun A, Analuddin K, Marples NM (2014) Molecular and phenotypic data support the recognition of the Wakatobi flowerpecker (Dicaeum kuehni) from the unique and understudied Sulawesi region. PLoS ONE, 9 (6) : e98694 - e98694. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098694

Cooper N, Nunn CL (null) SPELT: Species Pairs Evolutionary Lag Test (SPELT).

Healy K, Guillerme T, Finlay S, Kane A, Kelly SBA, McClean D, Kelly DJ, Donohue I, Jackson AL, Cooper N (2014) Ecology and mode-of-life explain lifespan variation in birds and mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1784) : 20140298 - 20140298. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0298

Healy K, McNally L, Ruxton GD, Cooper N, Jackson AL (2013) Metabolic rate and body size are linked with perception of temporal information. Animal Behaviour, 86 (4) : 685 - 696. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.06.018

Cooper N, Rowlingson B (2013) Spatial Analysis in R workshop July 2013.

Cooper N (2013) Cooper et al 2008 PRSB.

Cooper N (2013) Cooper et al 2012 ELE_data.

Kamilar JM, Cooper N (2013) Phylogenetic signal in primate behaviour, ecology and life history. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 368 (1618) : 20120341 - 20120341. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0341

Cooper N (null) Phylogenetic approaches for studying competition in mammals. PhD Thesis. (Supervisor(s)) Purvis A, Jones KE.

Cooper N (2013) Natural Selection practical.

Cooper N, Nunn CL (2013) Identifying future zoonotic disease threats. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2013 (1) : 27 - 36. doi: 10.1093/emph/eot001

Cooper N, Griffin R, Franz M, Omotayo M, Nunn CL (2012) Phylogenetic host specificity and understanding parasite sharing in primates. Ecology Letters, 15 (12) : 1370 - 1377. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01858.x

Cooper N, Kamilar JM, Nunn CL (2012) Host Longevity and Parasite Species Richness in Mammals. PLoS ONE, 7 (8) : e42190 - e42190. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0042190

Davies TJ, Cooper N, Diniz-Filho JAF, Thomas GH, Meiri S (2012) Using phylogenetic trees to test for character displacement: a model and an example from a desert mammal community. Ecology, 93 (sp8) : S44 - S51. doi: 10.1890/11-0400.1

Collen B, McRae L, Deinet S, De Palma A, Carranza T, Cooper N, Loh J, Baillie JEM (2011) Predicting how populations decline to extinction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 366 (1577) : 2577 - 2586. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2011.0015

Cooper N, Freckleton RP, Jetz W (2011) Phylogenetic conservatism of environmental niches in mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278 (1716) : 2384 - 2391. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2207

Freckleton RP, Cooper N, Jetz W (2011) Comparative Methods as a Statistical Fix: The Dangers of Ignoring an Evolutionary Model. The American Naturalist, 178 (1) : E10 - E17. doi: 10.1086/660272

Belmaker J, Cooper N, Lee TM, Wilman H (2010) Specialization and the road to academic success. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8 (10) : 514 - 515. doi: 10.1890/10.WB.25

COOPER N, JETZ W, FRECKLETON RP (2010) Phylogenetic comparative approaches for studying niche conservatism. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23 (12) : 2529 - 2539. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2010.02144.x

Cooper N, Purvis A (2010) Body Size Evolution in Mammals: Complexity in Tempo and Mode. The American Naturalist, 175 (6) : 727 - 738. doi: 10.1086/652466

Bielby J, Cardillo M, Cooper N, Purvis A (2010) Modelling extinction risk in multispecies data sets: phylogenetically independent contrasts versus decision trees. Biodiversity and Conservation, 19 (1) : 113 - 127. doi: 10.1007/s10531-009-9709-0

Cooper N, Belmaker J (2010) opinion: Habitat data resolution and the detection of species interactions. Frontiers of Biogeography. 2 : :

COOPER N, PURVIS A (2009) What factors shape rates of phenotypic evolution? A comparative study of cranial morphology of four mammalian clades. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 22 (5) : 1024 - 1035. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01714.x

Cooper N, Rodriguez J, Purvis A (2008) A common tendency for phylogenetic overdispersion in mammalian assemblages. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275 (1646) : 2031 - 2037. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2008.0420

Bielby J, Cooper N, Cunningham A, Garner T, Purvis A (2008) Predicting susceptibility to future declines in the world's frogs. Conservation Letters, 1 (2) : 82 - 90. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2008.00015.x

Cooper N, Bielby J, Thomas GH, Purvis A (2008) Macroecology and extinction risk correlates of frogs. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 17 (2) : 211 - 221. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2007.00355.x

Meiri S, Cooper N, Purvis A (2008) The island rule: made to be broken?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275 (1631) : 141 - 148. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2007.1056

Courses taught

Short course: BBSRC STARS: Advancing skills in computing for life scientists
Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom
6/2017 - 6/2018.

MSc: Methods in macroecology and macroevolution

2/2017.

Professional training: Introduction to R and computing
Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom

Supervision

Doctorate (PhD) Co-supervisor to Trapman T
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Disparity of arthropods
University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
Funding: NERC GW4+ DTP
1/10/2018 - on going.

Doctorate (PhD) Joint supervisor to Alewinjse S
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Is metabolic rate a red herring for investigating the effects of climate change on fishes?

Funding: NERC

Doctorate (PhD) Joint supervisor to Coombs E
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Cetacean responses to climate change - evidence from the past and present

Funding: NERC

Doctorate (PhD) Lead supervisor to Guillerme T
Macroevolution with fossil and living species
Trinity College Dublin
1/10/2012 - 18/9/2015.

Master's Lead supervisor to Moraviec D
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Geometric morphometrics of ornithischian dinosaurs.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Morris O
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Biogeographic origins of Galapagos reptiles.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Gilbert G
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Biogeography of Galapagos birds.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Bell D
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Predicting cetacean length from skull measurements.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Ng W
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Convergence in afrotherian and laurasiatherian "insectivores".
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Bonsor J
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Were dinosaurs in decline before K-Pg?
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Co-supervisor to Pawlik A
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Salamander type localities and current distributions.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Weeks T
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Mismatches in East African amphibian type localities and current distributions.
University College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Allain S
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Changes in Asian amphibian distributions through time.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Joint supervisor to Martins MCI
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Intraspecific variation in the harbour porpoise inner ear.
University College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Curry J
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Establishing Baselines: Are our conservation baselines accurate?
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Buckingham E
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Historical distributions and overexploitation of pangolins.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Lead supervisor to Sartorius A
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Marsupial type distributions and IUCN Red List maps.

Master's Lead supervisor to Page C
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Convergence in "river dolphins"

Master's Lead supervisor to Finlay S
Morphological disparity in tenrecs
Trinity College Dublin
Funding: Irish Research Council

Invited and keynote speaker

Invited speaker, Sex bias in bird museum collections, American Ornithological Society annual meeting: Anchorage, United States, 28/6/2019.

Cheilostome bryozoan evolution through time - insights from a time-calibrated family-level phylogeny., 18th International Bryozoology Association Conference: Technicka Univerzita v Liberci, Liberec, Czech Republic, 21/6/2019.

Keynote speaker, Exploring the Treasure Trove - using natural history specimens to study ecology and evolution, Seminar: University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 23/1/2019.

Sex biases in mammal museum collections, British Ecological Society annual meeting: 19/12/2018.

Keynote speaker, Convergent evolution in odontocete ear bones, Chilean Society for Ecology and Evolution: Puerto Varas, Chile, 20/11/2018.

Keynote speaker, Exploring the Treasure Trove - using natural history specimens to study ecology and evolution, Seminar: Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom, 9/10/2018.

Keynote speaker, Exploring the Treasure Trove - using natural history specimens to study ecology and evolution, Postgraduate Student Symposium: Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 21/3/2018.

Invited speaker, Disparity through time: time for a rethink?, Palaeontological Association annual meeting: 10/12/2017.

Reconstruction the last movements of one of Nature's giants, British Ecological Society and SfE joint annual meeting: Ghent, Belgium, 6/12/2017.

Keynote speaker, Exploring the Treasure Trove - using natural history specimens to study ecology and evolution, Seminar: Bangor University, Bangor, United Kingdom, 6/9/2017.

Keynote speaker, Exploring the Treasure Trove - using natural history specimens to study ecology and evolution, Seminar: Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, 15/3/2017.

Invited speaker, Macroevolution with fossil and living species, Zoology Seminar Series: Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel, 15/3/2017.

Skeletons in the closet: using museum specimens in research, Evolution 2016: Austin, United States, 20/6/2016.

Keynote speaker, Macroevolution with living and fossil species, Seminar: EGI, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, 16/3/2016.

Keynote speaker, Macroevolution with living and fossil species, Seminar: CMEC, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22/1/2016.

Keynote speaker, Macroevolution with fossil and living species, Seminar: LERN, University College London, London, United Kingdom, 20/10/2015.

Keynote speaker, Macroevolution with living and fossil species, Seminar: University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, 7/10/2015.

Invited speaker, The Limitations of PCMs, Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5th anniversary symposium: 3/8/2015.

Guest lectures

Invited speaker, Jobs in museums post PhD, ACCE DTP Careers Cafe: University of Sheffield, Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 6/6/2017.

Public Engagement

Internal activities

Science Uncovered, 25/9/2015

Introduction

Summary

My research sits at the interface between macroecology and macroevolution, and aims to understand broad-scale patterns of biodiversity. I use cutting-edge phylogenetic comparative methods, morphological data collected from museum specimens, phylogenies, ecological data, species geographic range maps, fossils and various larger databases, to investigate a variety of questions including the influence of competition on macroevolutionary patterns, rates and modes of evolution, and the evolutionary ecology of zoonotic diseases. I also critique and develop phylogenetic comparative methods.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2009

MSc, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, 2004 - 2005

BSc, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, 2001 - 2004

Employment history

Academic

Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2012 - 2015

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, United States, 2010 - 2011

Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, United States, 2009 - 2010

Highlighted publications

Guillerme T, Cooper N (2016) Effects of missing data on topological inference using a Total Evidence approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 94 : 146 - 158. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.08.023

Finlay S, Cooper N (2015) Morphological diversity in tenrecs (Afrosoricida, Tenrecidae): comparing tenrec skull diversity to their closest relatives. PeerJ, 3 : e927 - e927. doi: 10.7717/peerj.927

Nunn CL, Cooper N (2015) Investigating evolutionary lag using the species-pairs evolutionary lag test (SPELT). Evolution, 69 (1) : 245 - 253. doi: 10.1111/evo.12520

Healy K, Guillerme T, Finlay S, Kane A, Kelly SBA, et al. (2014) Ecology and mode-of-life explain lifespan variation in birds and mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1784) : 20140298 - 20140298. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0298

Healy K, McNally L, Ruxton GD, Cooper N, Jackson AL (2013) Metabolic rate and body size are linked with perception of temporal information. Animal Behaviour, 86 (4) : 685 - 696. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.06.018

Kamilar JM, Cooper N (2013) Phylogenetic signal in primate behaviour, ecology and life history. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 368 (1618) : 20120341 - 20120341. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0341

Projects

Grants

Evolutionary Ecology and Fossil Primates
Role: Principal investigator
Funding: FP7 - People
Total value £100,000
Dates: 2012 - 2015

Molecules meet fossils – an integrated approach to studying palaeodiversity
Role: Principal investigatorWaeschenbach A
Co-investigator: Taylor P
Funding: Leverhulme Trust
Total value £350,090 (to Museum £350,090)
Dates: 2017 - 2020

Professional activities

Committees

Member, British Ecological Society Publications Committee,

Vice chair, British Ecological Society Macroecology Special Interest Group,

Memberships

Member, British Ecological Society.

Editorships

Editor, Primers in Ecology and Evolution, Oxford University Press, 2019 - on going.

Associate editor, Methods in Ecology and Evolution,

Events

Conference Attendance

Attendee/participant, BES Quantitative Ecology 2018, (Conference),

Attendee/participant, Chair, Organiser, BES Macro 2016, (Conference), 2016 - 2016.

Attendee/participant, Facilitator, British Ecological Society annual meeting, (Conference), 2015 - 2015.

Attendee/participant, Workshop, British Ecological Society annual meeting, (Conference), 2016 - 2016.

Chair, Attendee/participant, Organiser, BES Macro 2017, (Conference), 2017 - 2017.

Attendee/participant, Session chair, Organiser, BES Macro 2018, (Conference), 2018 - 2018.

Attendee/participant, Chair, Organiser, BES Macro 2019, (Conference), 2019 - 2019.

Organisation

Organiser, BES Macro ECR workshop, (Workshop),

Organising committee, Disparate views on disparity, (Workshop),

Organiser, BES Macro 2017, (Conference),

Organiser, BES Macro 2016, (Conference),

Publications

Publications

Coombs EJ, Deauville R, Sabin RC, Allan L, O'Connell M, Berrow S, Smith B, Brownlow A, Ten Doeschate M, Penrose R, Williams R, Perkins MW, Jepson PD, Cooper N (null) What can cetacean stranding records tell us? A study of UK and Irish cetacean diversity over the past 100 years. Marine Mammal Science, doi: 10.1111/mms.12610

Verde Arregoitia LD, Cooper N, D'Elia G (2018) Good practices for sharing analysis-ready data in mammalogy and biodiversity research. Hystrix : the Italian Journal of Mammalogy, 29 : 155 - 161. doi: 10.4404/hystrix-00133-2018

Guillerme T, Cooper N (2018) Time for a rethink: time sub-sampling methods in disparity-through-time analyses. Palaeontology, 61 (4) : 481 - 493. doi: 10.1111/pala.12364

Page CE, Cooper N (2017) Morphological convergence in ‘river dolphin’ skulls. PeerJ, 5 : e4090 - e4090. doi: 10.7717/peerj.4090

Cooper N, Thomas GH, FitzJohn RG (2016) Shedding light on the ‘dark side’ of phylogenetic comparative methods. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 7 (6) : 693 - 699. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12533

Cooper N, Thomas GH, Venditti C, Meade A, Freckleton RP (2016) A cautionary note on the use of Ornstein Uhlenbeck models in macroevolutionary studies. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 118 (1) : 64 - 77. doi: 10.1111/bij.12701

Guillerme T, Cooper N (2016) Assessment of available anatomical characters for linking living mammals to fossil taxa in phylogenetic analyses. Biology Letters, 12 (5) : 20151003 - 20151003. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.1003

Cooper N (2015) Cooper et al 2016 MEE_data.

Guillerme T, Cooper N (2016) Effects of missing data on topological inference using a Total Evidence approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 94 : 146 - 158. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.08.023

Finlay S, Cooper N (2015) Morphological diversity in tenrecs (Afrosoricida, Tenrecidae): comparing tenrec skull diversity to their closest relatives. PeerJ, 3 : e927 - e927. doi: 10.7717/peerj.927

Nunn CL, Cooper N (2015) Investigating evolutionary lag using the species-pairs evolutionary lag test (SPELT). Evolution, 69 (1) : 245 - 253. doi: 10.1111/evo.12520

Cooper N (2014) PGLS Problem Set - AnthroTree 2014.

Cooper N (2014) Models of evolution problem set - Linnaean Society 2014.

Cooper N (2014) Quantitative Biology Practical.

Kelly SBA, Kelly DJ, Cooper N, Bahrun A, Analuddin K, Marples NM (2014) Molecular and phenotypic data support the recognition of the Wakatobi flowerpecker (Dicaeum kuehni) from the unique and understudied Sulawesi region. PLoS ONE, 9 (6) : e98694 - e98694. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098694

Cooper N, Nunn CL (null) SPELT: Species Pairs Evolutionary Lag Test (SPELT).

Healy K, Guillerme T, Finlay S, Kane A, Kelly SBA, McClean D, Kelly DJ, Donohue I, Jackson AL, Cooper N (2014) Ecology and mode-of-life explain lifespan variation in birds and mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1784) : 20140298 - 20140298. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0298

Healy K, McNally L, Ruxton GD, Cooper N, Jackson AL (2013) Metabolic rate and body size are linked with perception of temporal information. Animal Behaviour, 86 (4) : 685 - 696. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.06.018

Cooper N, Rowlingson B (2013) Spatial Analysis in R workshop July 2013.

Cooper N (2013) Cooper et al 2008 PRSB.

Cooper N (2013) Cooper et al 2012 ELE_data.

Kamilar JM, Cooper N (2013) Phylogenetic signal in primate behaviour, ecology and life history. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 368 (1618) : 20120341 - 20120341. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0341

Cooper N (null) Phylogenetic approaches for studying competition in mammals. PhD Thesis. (Supervisor(s)) Purvis A, Jones KE.

Cooper N (2013) Natural Selection practical.

Cooper N, Nunn CL (2013) Identifying future zoonotic disease threats. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2013 (1) : 27 - 36. doi: 10.1093/emph/eot001

Cooper N, Griffin R, Franz M, Omotayo M, Nunn CL (2012) Phylogenetic host specificity and understanding parasite sharing in primates. Ecology Letters, 15 (12) : 1370 - 1377. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01858.x

Cooper N, Kamilar JM, Nunn CL (2012) Host Longevity and Parasite Species Richness in Mammals. PLoS ONE, 7 (8) : e42190 - e42190. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0042190

Davies TJ, Cooper N, Diniz-Filho JAF, Thomas GH, Meiri S (2012) Using phylogenetic trees to test for character displacement: a model and an example from a desert mammal community. Ecology, 93 (sp8) : S44 - S51. doi: 10.1890/11-0400.1

Collen B, McRae L, Deinet S, De Palma A, Carranza T, Cooper N, Loh J, Baillie JEM (2011) Predicting how populations decline to extinction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 366 (1577) : 2577 - 2586. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2011.0015

Cooper N, Freckleton RP, Jetz W (2011) Phylogenetic conservatism of environmental niches in mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278 (1716) : 2384 - 2391. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2207

Freckleton RP, Cooper N, Jetz W (2011) Comparative Methods as a Statistical Fix: The Dangers of Ignoring an Evolutionary Model. The American Naturalist, 178 (1) : E10 - E17. doi: 10.1086/660272

Belmaker J, Cooper N, Lee TM, Wilman H (2010) Specialization and the road to academic success. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8 (10) : 514 - 515. doi: 10.1890/10.WB.25

COOPER N, JETZ W, FRECKLETON RP (2010) Phylogenetic comparative approaches for studying niche conservatism. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23 (12) : 2529 - 2539. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2010.02144.x

Cooper N, Purvis A (2010) Body Size Evolution in Mammals: Complexity in Tempo and Mode. The American Naturalist, 175 (6) : 727 - 738. doi: 10.1086/652466

Bielby J, Cardillo M, Cooper N, Purvis A (2010) Modelling extinction risk in multispecies data sets: phylogenetically independent contrasts versus decision trees. Biodiversity and Conservation, 19 (1) : 113 - 127. doi: 10.1007/s10531-009-9709-0

Cooper N, Belmaker J (2010) opinion: Habitat data resolution and the detection of species interactions. Frontiers of Biogeography. 2 : :

COOPER N, PURVIS A (2009) What factors shape rates of phenotypic evolution? A comparative study of cranial morphology of four mammalian clades. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 22 (5) : 1024 - 1035. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01714.x

Cooper N, Rodriguez J, Purvis A (2008) A common tendency for phylogenetic overdispersion in mammalian assemblages. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275 (1646) : 2031 - 2037. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2008.0420

Bielby J, Cooper N, Cunningham A, Garner T, Purvis A (2008) Predicting susceptibility to future declines in the world's frogs. Conservation Letters, 1 (2) : 82 - 90. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2008.00015.x

Cooper N, Bielby J, Thomas GH, Purvis A (2008) Macroecology and extinction risk correlates of frogs. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 17 (2) : 211 - 221. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2007.00355.x

Meiri S, Cooper N, Purvis A (2008) The island rule: made to be broken?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275 (1631) : 141 - 148. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2007.1056

Teaching and students

Courses taught

Short course: BBSRC STARS: Advancing skills in computing for life scientists
Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom
6/2017 - 6/2018.

MSc: Methods in macroecology and macroevolution

2/2017.

Professional training: Introduction to R and computing
Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom

Supervision

Doctorate (PhD) Co-supervisor to Trapman T
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Disparity of arthropods
University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
Funding: NERC GW4+ DTP
1/10/2018 - on going.

Doctorate (PhD) Joint supervisor to Alewinjse S
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Is metabolic rate a red herring for investigating the effects of climate change on fishes?

Funding: NERC

Doctorate (PhD) Joint supervisor to Coombs E
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Cetacean responses to climate change - evidence from the past and present

Funding: NERC

Doctorate (PhD) Lead supervisor to Guillerme T
Macroevolution with fossil and living species
Trinity College Dublin
1/10/2012 - 18/9/2015.

Master's Lead supervisor to Moraviec D
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Geometric morphometrics of ornithischian dinosaurs.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Morris O
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Biogeographic origins of Galapagos reptiles.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Gilbert G
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Biogeography of Galapagos birds.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Bell D
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Predicting cetacean length from skull measurements.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Ng W
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Convergence in afrotherian and laurasiatherian "insectivores".
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Bonsor J
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Were dinosaurs in decline before K-Pg?
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Co-supervisor to Pawlik A
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Salamander type localities and current distributions.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Weeks T
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Mismatches in East African amphibian type localities and current distributions.
University College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Allain S
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Changes in Asian amphibian distributions through time.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Joint supervisor to Martins MCI
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Intraspecific variation in the harbour porpoise inner ear.
University College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Curry J
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Establishing Baselines: Are our conservation baselines accurate?
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Master's Lead supervisor to Buckingham E
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Historical distributions and overexploitation of pangolins.
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Lead supervisor to Sartorius A
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Marsupial type distributions and IUCN Red List maps.

Master's Lead supervisor to Page C
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Convergence in "river dolphins"

Master's Lead supervisor to Finlay S
Morphological disparity in tenrecs
Trinity College Dublin
Funding: Irish Research Council

Impact and outreach

Invited and keynote speaker

Invited speaker, Sex bias in bird museum collections, American Ornithological Society annual meeting: Anchorage, United States, 28/6/2019.

Cheilostome bryozoan evolution through time - insights from a time-calibrated family-level phylogeny., 18th International Bryozoology Association Conference: Technicka Univerzita v Liberci, Liberec, Czech Republic, 21/6/2019.

Keynote speaker, Exploring the Treasure Trove - using natural history specimens to study ecology and evolution, Seminar: University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 23/1/2019.

Sex biases in mammal museum collections, British Ecological Society annual meeting: 19/12/2018.

Keynote speaker, Convergent evolution in odontocete ear bones, Chilean Society for Ecology and Evolution: Puerto Varas, Chile, 20/11/2018.

Keynote speaker, Exploring the Treasure Trove - using natural history specimens to study ecology and evolution, Seminar: Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom, 9/10/2018.

Keynote speaker, Exploring the Treasure Trove - using natural history specimens to study ecology and evolution, Postgraduate Student Symposium: Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 21/3/2018.

Invited speaker, Disparity through time: time for a rethink?, Palaeontological Association annual meeting: 10/12/2017.

Reconstruction the last movements of one of Nature's giants, British Ecological Society and SfE joint annual meeting: Ghent, Belgium, 6/12/2017.

Keynote speaker, Exploring the Treasure Trove - using natural history specimens to study ecology and evolution, Seminar: Bangor University, Bangor, United Kingdom, 6/9/2017.

Keynote speaker, Exploring the Treasure Trove - using natural history specimens to study ecology and evolution, Seminar: Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, 15/3/2017.

Invited speaker, Macroevolution with fossil and living species, Zoology Seminar Series: Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel, 15/3/2017.

Skeletons in the closet: using museum specimens in research, Evolution 2016: Austin, United States, 20/6/2016.

Keynote speaker, Macroevolution with living and fossil species, Seminar: EGI, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, 16/3/2016.

Keynote speaker, Macroevolution with living and fossil species, Seminar: CMEC, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22/1/2016.

Keynote speaker, Macroevolution with fossil and living species, Seminar: LERN, University College London, London, United Kingdom, 20/10/2015.

Keynote speaker, Macroevolution with living and fossil species, Seminar: University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, 7/10/2015.

Invited speaker, The Limitations of PCMs, Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5th anniversary symposium: 3/8/2015.

Guest lectures

Invited speaker, Jobs in museums post PhD, ACCE DTP Careers Cafe: University of Sheffield, Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 6/6/2017.

Public Engagement

Internal activities

Science Uncovered, 25/9/2015