Andrew Cooper

Systematic Zoologist
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Cooper is part of a multi-disciplinary team of scientists within the Coastal Ocean Ecosystem Research section at the St. Andrews Biological Station. His research interests are primarily focused on monitoring changes in wild species distribution, abundance and diversity and to what degree human activities such as aquaculture, fishing, and climate change impact species in the coastal areas. Within this field, Dr. Cooper’s activities and affiliations are diverse. He is the founder and chair of DFO’s National Taxonomy Working Group to advise on DFO’s capacity to deliver accurate and timely information related to species identification necessary for many of the Department’s programs in Species at Risk, Aquatic Invasive Species, and Ecosystem-based Science. He is a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council – Centre for Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (CIMTAN) with interests in examining the relative impacts of multi-trophic aquaculture systems on wild species.

Dr. Cooper co-leads the development and implementation of the Musquash Estuary Marine Protected Area monitoring plan. Other activities and interests within DFO include: member of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) working group on biodiversity; alternate member representing Canada in the ICES Advisory Committee (ACOM); and Area Dive Safety Officer for the Department of Fisheries Oceans, Maritimes region.

Research and/or project statements

Professional activities / interests

Professor at:

  • University of New Brunswick Saint John

Education and awards

PhD Biology, University of Ottawa, 1996

Key publications

  1. Chapleau, F. and J.A. Cooper, 1992. Variation in the preoperculomandibular canal of the johnny darter, Etheostoma nigrum, with associated zoogeographical considerations. Canadian Journal of Zoology 70(12):2315-2321.
  2. Cooper, J.A., Graham, K. and F. Chapleau, 1994. New record of the tongue flatfish, Plagiopsetta glossa (Samaridae, Pleuronectiformes) from Australia. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 41(2):215-218.
  3. Cooper, J.A. and F. Chapleau, 1998. Phylogenetic status of Paralichthodes algoensis (Pleuronectiformes: Paralichthodidae). Copeia 1998(2):477-481.
  4. Cooper, J.A. and F. Chapleau, 1998. Monophyly and intrarelationships of the family Pleuronectidae (Pleuronectiformes), with a revised classification. Fishery Bulletin 96(4):686-726.
  5. Wagemans, F., F. Chapleau and J.A. Cooper, 2002. Ontogeny of the epicranial portion of dorsal fin in Solea solea and Scophthalmus maximus (Teleosts, Pleuronectiformes): phylogenetic implications. Ichthyological Research 49:89-92.
  6. Rice, J. and J.A. Cooper, 2003. Management of flatfish fisheries – What factors matter? Journal of Sea Research 50: 227-243.
  7. Identification guide to skates (Family Rajidae) of the Canadian Atlantic and adjacent regions