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Dr Natalie Cooper

Assistant Professor

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Dr Natalie Cooper

Leader of the Macroecology and Macroevolution Research Group

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Research Interests

My research interests are macroecology and macroevolution, particularly the intersections between the two. I work with phylogenies, ecological data, trait data collected from museum specimens, species geographic range maps and various databases to try and understand broad scale patterns of biodiversity and morphological evolution. I am also interested in developing and testing phylogenetic comparative methods. Current projects in the group include convergent evolution and echolocation in Malagasy tenrecs (Sive Finlay: IRC), analyses to determine how fossils alter our interpretation of present-day biodiversity patterns using primates (Thomas Guillerme: Trinity; The European Commission CORDIS Seventh Framework Program (FP7) Marie Curie CIG grant, proposal number: 321696), and studies of parasite sharing among primates (Prof. Charles Nunn at Duke University).



I will be leaving Trinity College Dublin in July 2014 to take up a job at the Natural History Museum London. I will be sad to leave but also excited about new challenges at the museum.

Some media coverage of our new paper on lifespan variation in birds and mammals:
NewsTalkFM FutureProof
Irish Independent
Discovery News
Fox News

Data sharing

I am a great believer in sharing data and other research outputs. All data used in our publications can be found in Dryad or Figshare. I will also post practical handouts and lectures where possible. Feel free to use and/or modify as needed. We are currently in the process of adding data to these repositories so in the meantime if you can't find what you need please just drop me an email.


Mail: Zoology Building, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
Email: ncooper(at)
Twitter: @nhcooper123
Phone: +353 (0)1 896 1926 (work)

Last updated 05 June 2014

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