Park, T., Burin, G., Lazo-Cancino, D., Rees, J.P.G., Rule, J.P., Slater, G.J & Cooper, N. 2024. Charting the course of pinniped Evolution: insights from molecular phylogeny and fossil record integration. Evolution online, qpae061. DOI: 10.1093/evolut/qpae061.


Cooper, N., Clark, A.T., Lecomte, N., Qiao, H., & Ellison, A.M. 2024. Harnessing large language models for coding, teaching, and inclusion to empower research in ecology and evolution. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. online, xx. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.14325.




Guillerme, T., Bright, J., Cooney, C., Hughes, E.C., Varley, Z., Beckerman, A.P., Cooper, N., & Thomas, G.H. Innovation and elaboration on the avian tree of life. 2023. Science Advances. 9, eadg1641. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.adg1641. Summary available here.


Wainwright, T., Trevena, M., Alewijnse, S.R., Campbell, P.D., Jones, M.E.H., Streicher, J.W. & Cooper, N. 2023. Sex biases and the scarcity of sex metadata in global herpetology collections. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. online, blad129. DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/blad129. Summary available here.


Mezzasalma, M., Streicher, J.W., Guarino, F.M., Jones, M.E.H, Loader, S.P., Odierna, G. & Cooper, N. 2023. Microchromosome fusions underpin convergent evolution of chameleon karyotypes. Evolution. 77, 1930-1944. DOI: 10.1093/evolut/qpad097.


Burin, G., Park, T., James, T.D, Slater, G.J. & Cooper, N. 2023. The dynamic adaptive landscape of cetacean body size. Current Biology. 33, 1787–1794. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2023.03.014. Summary available here. The dynamic adaptive landscape of cetacean body size


Sanders, N.J., Cooper, N., Davis Rabosky, A.R. & Gibson, D.J. 2023. Leveraging natural history collections to understand the impacts of global change. Journal of Animal Ecology. 92, 232-236. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13882. Check out the full special feature here.


V. Deepak Gower, D.J., & Cooper, N. 2023. Diet and habit explain head-shape convergences in natricine snakes. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 36, 399-411. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.14139.




Maher, A.E., Burin, G. Cox, P.G., Maddox, T.W., Maidment, S.C.R., Cooper, N., Schachner, E.R., & Bates, K.T. 2022. The evolution of body size and shape in tetrapods. Nature Communications. 13, 4340. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-32028-2.


Isip, J.E., Jones, M.E.H, & Cooper, N. 2022. Clade-wide variation in bite-force performance is determined primarily by size, not ecology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 289, 20212493. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2021.2493. Summary available here.


Rombaut, L.M.K., E.J.R., Hughes, E.C., Varley, Z.K., Beckerman, A.P., Cooper, N., & Thomas, G.H. 2022. The evolution of the traplining pollinator role in hummingbirds: specialization is not an evolutionary dead end Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 289, 20212484. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2021.2484.



Deepak. V., Cooper, N., Poyarkov, N.A., Kraus, F., Burin, G., Das,A., Snarayanan, S., Streicher, J.W., Smith, S.J., & Gower, D.J. 2021. Multilocus phylogeny, natural-history traits, and classification of natricine (Serpentes: Natricinae) snakes. Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society. 2021, zlab099. DOI: 10.1093/zlab099.


Alewijnse, S.R., Stowasser, G., Saunders, R.A., Belcher, A., Crimmen, O.A., Cooper, N., & Trueman, C.N. 2021. Otolith-derived field metabolic rates of myctophids (family Myctophidae) from the Scotia Sea (Southern Ocean). Marine Ecology Progress Series. 675, 113:131. DOI: 10.3354/meps13827. Summary available here.


V Deepak, Simon T Maddock, Rhiannon Williams, Zoltán T Nagy, Werner Conradie, Sara Rocha, D James Harris, Ana Perera, Václav Gvoždík, Thomas M Doherty-Bone, Rachunliu G Kamei, Michele Menegon, Jim Labisko, Charles Morel, Natalie Cooper, Julia J Day, & David J Gower. 2021. Molecular phylogenetics of sub-Saharan African natricine snakes, and the biogeographic origins of the Seychelles endemic Lycognathophis seychellensis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 161, 107152. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2021.107152.


Buckingham, E., Curry, J., Emogor, C, Tomsett, L., & Cooper, N. 2021. Using natural history collections to investigate changes in pangolin (Pholidota: Manidae) geographic ranges through time. PeerJ. 9, e10843. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.10843. Summary available here.




Bonsor, J.A., Barrett, P.M., Raven, T.J., & Cooper, N. 2020. Dinosaur evolutionary rates were not in decline prior to the K-Pg boundary. Royal Society Open Science. 7, 201195. DOI: Summary available here.


Guillerme, T.,Cooper, N., Brusatte, S.L., Davis, K.E., Jackson, A.L., Gerber, S., Goswami, A., Healy. K., Hopkins, M.J., Jones, M.E.H., Lloyd, G.T, O’Reilly, J.E., Pate, A., Puttick, M.N., Rayfield, E., Saupe, E.E., Sherratt, E. Slater, G.J., Weisbecker, V., Thomas, G.H. & Donoghue, P.C.J. 2020. Disparities in the analysis of morphological disparity. Biology Letters 20200199. DOI:


Martins, M.C.I, Park, T., Racicot, R. & Cooper, N. 2019. Intraspecific variation in harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena). PeerJ. 8, e8916. DOI: Summary available here.


Jones, M.E.H., Pistevos. J.C.A., Cooper, N., Lappin, A.K., Georges, A., Hutchinson, M.N. & Holleley, C.E. 2020. Reproductive phenotype predicts adult bite‐force performance in sex‐reversed dragons (Pogona vitticeps). Journal of Experimental Zoology. 333, 252-263. DOI: 10.1002/jez.2353.




Cooper, N., Bond, A.L, Davis, J.L, Portela Miguez, R., Tomsett, L. & Helgen, K.M. 2019. Sex biases in natural history collections of mammals and birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 286, 20192025. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2025. Summary available here.


Park, T., Mennecart, B., Costeur, L., Grohé, C., & Cooper, N. 2019. Convergent evolution in toothed whale cochleae. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 9, 195. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-019-1525-x.


Trueman C.N., Jackson A.L., Chadwick K.S., Coombs, E.J., Feyrer L.J., Magozzi S., Sabin R.C., & Cooper N. 2019. Combining simulation modeling and stable isotope analyses to reconstruct the last known movements of one of Nature's giants. PeerJ. 7, e7912. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.7912. Summary available here.


Coombs, E.J., Deaville, R., Sabin, R.C., Allan, L., O'Connell, M., Berrow, S. Smith, B., Brownlow, A., Ten Doeschate, M., Penrose, R., Williams, R., Perkins, M.W., Jepson, P.D., & Cooper, N. 2019. What can cetacean stranding records tell us? A study of UK and Irish cetacean diversity over the past 100 years. Marine Mammal Science. 35, 1527-1555. DOI: 10.1111/mms.12610. Summary available here.




Verde Arregoitia, L.D., 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, 481-493. DOI: 10.1111/pala.12364




Page, C.E. & Cooper, N. 2017. Morphological convergence in "river dolphin" skulls. PeerJ 5, e4090. DOI: Summary available here.




Cooper, N., Thomas, G.H., & FitzJohn, R.G. 2016. 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 available here.


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.