Staff profile: Dr Elena Kupriyanova

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Research Scientist
Marine Research
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My research interests are centered on taxonomy, biodiversity, systematics, phylogeny, life history, reproduction, and evolution of marine invertebrates, especially of the polychaete family Serpulidae. I also worked on mollusks, fish, and terrestrial oligochaetes.


  • PhD Flinders University, Australia, 2004
  • MSc University of Arkansas, USA, 1995
  • Diploma in Biology, Moscow State University, Russia, 1990

Awards and grants

  • Friday Harbor Laboratories Fellowship, USA, July 1994, June 1996.
  • Wade Family Fellowship, Duke University Marine Laboratory, USA, June 1994
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship Fellowship and Flinders University Research Scholarship 1999-2003
  • Elaine Martin Travel Award, Flinders University of South Australia, 2001
  • Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, USA, Travel Award, 2004
  • Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Short-Term Invitation Fellowship, 2007
  • Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Long-Term Invitation Fellowship, 2008-2010
  • KAKENHI (20008766) grant-in-aid, JSPS, Japan, 2009
  • Marie Currie Fellowship, 2010 (declined)
  • Systematics Society Fund grant, 2011
  • The Australian Museum Foundation Grant, 2012
  • Australian Biological Resources Survey (ABRS) grant, 2013

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Australian Marine Science Association
  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • The Systematics Association
  • Society of Australian Systematic Biologists

Research Projects

  • 1.  Evolution of classical trochophore larvae of serpulid polychaetes
  • 2. Revision of genera of the genera Chitinopoma Levinsen, 1883 and Filogranula Langerhans, 1884 (Serpulidae, Sabellida, Annelida)
  • 3. Phylogeography of the Christmas tree worm Spirobranchus corniculatus (Serpulidae) from Fiji and the Coral Triangle
  • 4. Evolution of biomineralisation in deep-sea polychaetes
  • Revision of Hydroides

Selected presentations

  • 1995 - Annual meeting of the American Society of Zoologists, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Poster presentation: "Ecological correlates of Arctic Serpulidae (Polychaeta) distribution."
  • 2000 - Annual meeting of the Australian Marine Science Association, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Oral presentation: "Are echinoderms and polychaetes created equal? A view of a worm fan on life histories of fan worms".2001 - The 9th International Congress on Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, Grahamstown, South Africa. Oral presentation: "Variation in sperm swimming behaviour and its effect on fertilization success in the serpulid polychaete Galeolaria caespitosa"
  • 2004 - The 8th International Polychaete Conference, Madrid, Spain. Oral presentation: "Fertilisation success in serpulid polychaete Galeolaria caespitosa: gamete characteristics, role of sperm dilution, gamete age, and contact time"
  • 2004 - The 10th International Congress on Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, Newcastle, UK. Oral presentation: "Effects of temperature on sperm swimming behaviour, respiration, and fertilisation success in the serpulid polychaete Galeolaria caespitosa"
  • 2005 – Annual Meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Diego, California, USA. Oral presentation: “Browsing through old journals: lessons learned from earlier fecundity-time models.”
  • 2007 – The 9th International Polychaete Conference, Portland, Maine, USA. Oral presentation: “Are feeding larvae always primitive? What serpulid phylogeny can tell us about metazoan life-history evolution”
  • 2010 – Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Reykjavík, Iceland. Oral presentation: “Undiscovered diversity of abyssal serpulids”
  • 2010 – The 10th International Polychaete Conference, Lecce, Italy. Oral presentation: “Phylogenetic relationships within Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) inferred from morphology and DNA sequences: a proposed new classification”
  • 2011 – The 4th International Barcoding Conference, Adelaide, Australia. Oral presentation: “CO1 barcoding of Hydroides: a road from impossible to difficult”
  • 2012  – The 10th International larval Biology Symposium, Berkeley, CA, USA. Oral presentation: "The biogeography of marine invertebrate life-histories”
  • 2012 – The 13th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand. Oral presentation: “Hadal serpulid polychaetes: calcareous tubeworms beyond the abyss”
  • 2012 – The 13th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand. Poster presentation: “Are Mesozoic shallow-water serpulids (Annelida, Polychaeta) ancestors of the Recent deep-sea fauna?” E. Kupriyanova & A. Ippolitov
  • 2013 - The 11th International Polychaete Conference, Sydney, Australia (4- 9 August). Oral presentation: “Written in stone: history of serpulids through time and space”.
  • 2013 - The 11th International Polychaete Conference, Sydney, Australia (4- 9 August). Poster presentation: "The Synonymy of Chitinopoma and Chitinopomoides with Filogranula (Serpulidae) and description of a new species". Ten Hove & E. Kupriyanova/
  • 2013 - The 11th International Polychaete Conference, Sydney, Australia (4- 9 August). Oral presentation: “Cryptic sympatric species across the Australian range of the global estuarine invader, Ficopomatus enigmaticus
  • 1.  Kolbasova, G. Tzetlin, A.B. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2013. Biology of Pseudopotamilla reniformis (Sabellidae) in the White Sea with a description of asexual reproduction. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 57 (4): 264-275.
  • 2. Rzhavsky A.V., Kupriyanova E.K. & Sikorski A.V. 2013. Two new species of serpulid polychaetes from the Barents Sea. Fauna Norvegica 32: 27-38.
  • 3. Kupriyanova, E.K. 2013. What do egg size distributions in marine invertebrates tell us about validity of fecundity-time models? Marine Ecology in press
  • 4. Sun, Y., Kupriyanova, E.K., Qiu, J. W., 2012. CO1 barcoding of Hydroides: a road from impossible to difficult Invertebrate Systematics 26(6): 539-547.
  • 5. Marshall, D.J., P. J. Krug, E.K. Kupriyanova, M. Byrne, and R.B. Emlet. 2012. The Biogeography of marine invertebrate life histories. Annual Reviews of Ecology, Systematics, and Evolution 43: 97-114.
  • 6. Kupriyanova, E.K., ten Hove, H.A & E. Nishi. 2012. A taxonomic revision of the genus Pseudochitinopoma Zibrowius, 1969 (Serpulidae, Annelida) with descriptions of two new species. Zootaxa 3507: 57–78.
  • 7. Vinn, O., Kupriyanova E. K. & S. Kiel. 2012. Serpulids (Annelida, Polychaeta) at Cretaceous to modern hydrocarbon seeps: ecologic and evolutionary patterns. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology in press
  • 8. Vinn, O., E. K. Kupriyanova, & S. Kiel. 2012. Systematics of serpulid tubeworms (Annelida, Polychaeta) from Cretaceous and Cenozoic hydrocarbon-seep deposits in North America and Europe. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie 265 (3): 315-325.
  • 9. Vinn, O. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2011. Evolution of dense outer protective tube layer in serpulids (Polychaeta, Annelida). Carnets de Géologie 5: 137-147.
  • 10. Kupriyanova, E.K, and E. Nishi. 2011. New records of the deep-sea Nogrobs grimaldii (Serpulidae: Annelida) Marine Biodiversity Records 4 (e74): 1-4.
  • 11. Kupriyanova, E.K, Bailey-Brock, J.H. and Nishi E. 2011. New records of Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) collected by R/V "Vityaz" from bathyal and abyssal depths of the Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa 2871: 43–60.
  • 12. Nishi, E. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2011. Polychaete fauna of Boso Peninsula coasts and adjacent areas, with notes on polychaete type specimens deposited in Chiba Prefectural Museums. Natural History Research 9: 45-60.
  • 13. Kupriyanova, E.K. 2010. Hyalopomatus mironovi. In Morineaux, M. Baker, M. Ramirez-Llodra E. and Desbruyères. D. Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent Fauna. DVD. ChEss and Ifremer.
  • 14. Kupriyanova, E.K. and Nishi E. 2010. Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) from Patton-Murray Seamount, Gulf of Alaska, North Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa 2665: 51-68.
  • 15. Nishi, E., J. H. Bailey-Brock, A. Souza Dos Santos, H. Tachikawa & Kupriyanova E. K. 2010. Sabellaria isumiensis n. sp. (Annelida: Polychaeta: Sabellariidae) from shallow waters off Onjuku, Boso Peninsula, Japan, and re-description of three Indo-West Pacific sabellariid species. Zootaxa 2680: 1-25.
  • 16. Blakemore, R.J., E.K. Kupriyanova, M.J. Grygier, 2010. Neotypification of Drawida hattamimizu Hatai, 1930 (Oligochaeta: Megadrili: Moniligastridae) and the first DNA (COI) sequences from an earthworm type, plus response to the ‘Can of worms’ theory of cryptic species. Zookeys 41: 1-29.
  • 17. Blakemore, R.J. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2010. Unraveling some Kinki worms (Annelida: Oligochaeta: Megadrili : Moniligastridae) - Part I. Opuscula Zoologica 41(1): 3–18.
  • 18. Kupriyanova, E.K., E. Nishi, M. Kawato, and Y. Fujiwara. 2010. New records of Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) from hydrothermal vents of North Fiji, Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa 2389: 57-68.
  • 19. Kupriyanova, E.K., ten Hove, H.A. Sket, B. Trontelj, P., Zakšek, V. and Rouse, G.W. 2009. Evolution of a unique freshwater cave-dwelling serpulid polychaete Marifugia cavatica Absolon and Hrabe, 1930. Systematics and Biodiversity 7: 389-401.
  • 19. Nishi, E., T. Masumoto, M. Taru, S. Nakayama, M. Kazama-Wakabayashi, M. Monju, N. Suyama, M. Aida, M. Sato, K. Tanaka and Kupriyanova E. K. 2009. Polychaete fauna and diversity around Haneda, Tokyo Bay, a result of environmental assessment of Haneda Airport enlargement construction. Proceedings of the 21th Ocean Engineering Symposium, August 6-7, 2009, OES21-191, pp. 1-8. 
  • 21. Halt, M. N. Kupriyanova, E. K., Cooper, S. J. B. and Rouse G.W. 2009. Naming species with no morphological indicators: species status of Galeolaria caespitosa (Annelida, Serpulidae) inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial gene sequences and morphology. Invertebrate Systematics 23: 205-222.
  • 22. Dittmann, S., Rolston, A., Benger, S.N. and E.K. Kupriyanova. 2009. Habitat requirements, distribution and colonization of the tubeworm Ficopomatus enigmaticus in the Lower Lakes and Coorong. Final report for the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board, 99 pp.
  • 23. Link, H., E. Nishi, K. Tanaka, R. Bastida-Zavala, & E.K. Kupriyanova, T. Yamakita. 2009. Hydroides dianthus (Polychaeta: Serpulidae), an alien species introduced into Tokyo Bay, Japan. JMBA2 – Biodiversity Records 6430: 1-6.
  • 24. Hove, H.A. ten and Kupriyanova, E. K. 2009. Taxonomy of Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta): the state of affairs. Zootaxa 2036: 1-126.
  • 25. Styan, C.A., Kupriyanova, E. K., Havenhand, J. N. 2008. Strong barriers to cross-fertilization between populations of a polychaete species are unlikely to have arisen through gametic compatibility arms-races. Evolution 62(12): 3041-3055.
  • 26. Kupriyanova, E.K., Bastida-Zavala, R., Halt, M.N., Lee, M., and Rouse, G.W. 2008. Phylogeny of the Serpula-Crucigera-Hydroides clade (Serpulidae; Annelida) using molecular and morphological data: implications for operculum evolution. Invertebrate Systematics 22: 425-437.
  • 27. Kupriyanova, E. K. and G.W. Rouse. 2008. Yet another example of paraphyly in Annelida: molecular evidence that Sabellidae contains Serpulidae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46: 1174-1181.
  • 28. Nishi, E., Kupriyanova, E. K. & Tachikawa, H. 2007. Metavermilia ogasawaraensis sp. nov. (Serpulidae: Sabellida: Polychaeta: Annelida) from deep-sea locations off Ogasawara Island, Japan with the taxonomic review of the genus Metavermilia. Zootaxa 1447: 47-56.
  • 29. Kupriyanova, E. K. 2006. Fertilization success in Galeolaria caespitosa (Serpulidae, Annelida): the role of sperm dilution, gamete age and contact time. Scientia Marina 70: 309-317. Cited: 1
  • 30. Kupriyanova, E. K., T.A. McDonald & Rouse, G.W. 2006. Phylogenetic relationships within Serpulidae (Annelida: Polychaeta) inferred from molecular and morphological data. Zoologica Scripta 35: 421-439.
  • 31. Kupriyanova, E. K. and Havenhand, J. H. 2005. Effects of temperature on sperm swimming behaviour, respiration and fertilisation success in the serpulid polychaete Galeolaria caespitosa (Annelida: Serpulidae). Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 48: 7-17.
  • 32. Rouse, G., Kupriyanova E.K., Nishi, E. 2005. Chapter 12. Sabellida In: Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Annelida (eds. G. Rouse and F. Pleijel), Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 521-563.
  • 33. Kupriyanova, E.K. 2004. Browsing through old journals: lessons learned from earlier fecundity-time models. Integrative and Comparative Biology 48: 586.
  • 34. Kupriyanova, E.K. 2003. Evolution of life history in Serpulimorph polychaetes: a phylogenetic analysis. Hydrobiologia 496: 105-114.
  • 35. Kupriyanova E. K and Havenhand J. N. 2002. Variation in sperm swimming behaviour and its effect on fertilization success in the serpulid polychaete Galeolaria caespitosa. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 41: 21-26.
  • 36. Kupriyanova, E.K., E. Nishi, H.A. ten Hove, & A.V. Rzhavsky 2001. A review of life history in serpulimorph polychaetes: ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Oceanography and Marine Biology: an Annual Review 39:1-101.
  • 37. Jirkov I .A. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2001. Family Serpulidae, In: Polychaeta of the Arctic Ocean, I. A. Jirkov) Moscow Yanus-K Press, Moscow (In Russian), pp. 554-572.
  • 38.  Ozolinsh A.V. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2000. Hitchhiking on scallops: grazing avoidance by macrophytes. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 80: 743-744.
  • 39. Kupriyanova, E.K., Wartena, E. & Cochrane, S. 1999. Russian studies of Arctic marine benthic fauna: a bibliography and selected translations. Akvaplan-niva (Norway) Report 434.1600 ISBN 82-449-0049-0, 74 pp.
  • 40. Kupriyanova, E.K. 1999. The taxonomic status of Serpula columbiana Johnson 1901 the Asian and American coasts of the North Pacific Ocean. Ophelia 50 (1): 21-34.
  • 41. Kupriyanova, E.K. & Badyaev A.V. 1998. Ecological correlates of Arctic Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) distributions. Ophelia 49(3): 181-193.
  • 42. Kupriyanova, E.K & Bailey, C.F. 1998. Disturbance effect of largemouth bass nesting on freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 13(3): 333-341.
  • 43. Kupriyanova E.K. & Jirkov I. A. 1997. Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) of the Arctic Ocean. Sarsia 82(3): 203-236.
  • 44. Kupriyanova, E.K. & Rzhavsky A.V. 1993. Serpula and Crucigera (Annelida, Polychaeta) of the Russian Far Eastern Seas. Ophelia 38: 47-54.
  • 45. Kupriyanova, E.K. 1993. Deep-sea Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) from the Kurile-Kamchatka trench: 1. Genus Hyalopomatus. Zoologichesky Zhurnal 72(1): 145-152. (In Russian).
  • 46. Kupriyanova, E.K. 1993. Filogranula rzhavski sp. n. (Polychaeta, Serpulidae) from the Russian Far Eastern Seas. Zoologichesky Zhurnal 72(1):142-145. (In Russian).
  • 47. Kupriyanova, E.K. 1993. Deep-sea Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) from the Kurile-Kamchatka trench: 2. Genera Bathyditrupa, Bathyvermilia, and Protis. Zoologichesky Zhurnal 72(3): 21-28. (In Russian).
  • 48. Kupriyanova, E.K. 1993. Metavermilia arctica sp. n. (Serpulidae, Polychaeta) from the Arctic Ocean. Sarsia 78: 155-157.