Cooper, N., Thomas, G.H., & FitzJohn, R.G. in press. Shedding light on the "Dark Side" of phylogenetic comparative methods. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 7, 693–699. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12533 .


Guillerme, T. & Cooper, N. 2016. Assessment of available anatomical characters for linking living mammals to fossil taxa in phylogenetic analyses. Biology Letters. 12, 20151003. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.1003. Summary will be available here. Preprint available on bioRxiv.


Cooper, N., Thomas, G.H., Venditti, C., Meade, A. & Freckleton, R.P. 2016. A cautionary note on the use of Ornstein Uhlenbeck models in macroevolutionary studies. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society. 118, 64-77. DOI: 10.1111/bij.12701.


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. Summary available here.




Finlay, S. & Cooper, N. 2015. Morphological diversity in tenrecs (Afrosoricida, Tenrecidae): comparing tenrec skull diversity to their closest relatives. PeerJ. 3, e927. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.927. PDF available here. Summary available here.


Nunn, C.L. & Cooper, N. 2015. Investigating evolutionary lag using the species-pairs evolutionary lag test (SPELT). Evolution. 69, 245–253. DOI: 10.1111/evo.12520.




Healy, K., Guillerme, T., Finlay, S., Kane, A., Kelly, S.B.A., McClean, D., Kelly, D.J., Donohue, I., Jackson, A.L. & Cooper, N. 2014. Ecology and mode-of-life explain lifespan variation in birds and mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B: Biological Sciences. 281, 20140298. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0298. Summary available here.


Kelly, S.B.A, Kelly, D.J., Cooper, N., Bahrun, A., Analuddin, K. & Marples, N. 2014. Molecular and phenotypic data reveal a cryptic species (Aves: Dicaeum) from the unique and understudied Sulawesi region. PLoS ONE. 9, e98694. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098694. Summary available here.



Healy, K., McNally, L., Ruxton, G.D., Cooper, N. & Jackson, A.L. 2013. Metabolic rate and body size linked with perception of temporal information. Animal Behaviour. 86, 685-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.06.018. Access the recommendation on F1000


Kamilar, J.M. & Cooper, N. 2013. Phylogenetic signal in primate behaviour, ecology, and life history. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B: Biological Sciences. 368, 20120341. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0341.


Cooper, N. & Nunn, C.L. 2013. Identifying future zoonotic disease threats: Where are the gaps in our understanding of primate infectious diseases? Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. 2013, 26-37. DOI: 10.1093/emph/eot001. Summary available here.



Cooper, N., Griffin, R., Franz, M., Omotayo, M. & Nunn, C.L. 2012. Phylogenetic host specificity and understanding parasite sharing in primates. Ecology Letters. 15, 1370-1377. DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01858.x. Access the recommendation on F1000


Cooper, N., Kamilar, J.M. & Nunn, C.L. 2012. Host longevity and parasite species richness in mammals. PLoS ONE. 7, e42190. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0042190.


Davies, T.J., Cooper, N., Diniz Filho, J.A.F, Thomas, G.H. & Meiri, S. 2012. Using phylogenetic trees to test for character displacement: a model and an empirical example from a desert mammal community. Ecology. 93, S44-S51. DOI: 10.1890/11-0400.1.



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


Cooper, N., Freckleton, R.P. & Jetz, W. 2011. Phylogenetic conservatism of environmental niches in mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences. 278, 2384-2391. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2207.


Freckleton, R.P., Cooper, N. & Jetz, W. 2011. Comparative methods as a statistical fix: the dangers of ignoring an evolutionary model. The American Naturalist. 178, E10-E17. DOI: 10.1086/660272.



Cooper, N., Jetz, W. & Freckleton, R.P. 2010. Phylogenetic comparative approaches for studying niche conservatism. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 23, 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, 727-738. DOI: 10.1086/652466.


Belmaker, J.†, Cooper, N., Lee, T.M. & Wilman, H. 2010. Specialization and the road to academic success. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 8, 514-515. †all authors contributed equally. DOI: 10.1890/10.WB.25.



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, 1024-1035. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01714.x.


Bielby, J., Cardillo, M. Cooper, N. & Purvis, A. 2009. Modeling extinction risk in multispecies data sets: phylogenetically independent contrasts versus decision trees. Biodiversity and Conservation. 19, 113-127. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-009-9709.0.



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


Cooper, N., Bielby, J., Thomas, G.H. & Purvis, A. 2008. Macroecology and extinction risk correlates of frogs. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 17, 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 of London Series B: Biological Sciences. 275, 141-148. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2007.1056.


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



Cooper, N. & Belmaker, J. 2010. Opinion: Habitat data resolution and the detection of species interactions. Frontiers of Biogeography. 2, 46.