Image: Jim Cooper
Jim Cooper and a Green Turtle at One Tree Island, January 2004.
- Jim Cooper
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In 2004 Jim Cooper was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago, though he does most of his work at the Field Museum.
His project focused on the evolution and development of damselfish jaws. He combined morphometric and biomechanical analyses of a wide taxonomic sample of pomacentrids with phylogenetic analyses of regulatory genes that were thought to influence the development of skull shape.
He was also interested in changes in damselfish jaws during development, particularly determining trajectories of shape change as planktonic, planktotrophic larvae develop into adults with different trophic habits.
Jim arrived at the Australian Museum on 15 January 2004 and departed on 20 January.