Cooper Lab - Insect physiology, salt and water regulation
|Teaching | Research | Research opportunities | Lab members | Lab awards | Publications | Grants|
Biol2103 Human Physiology (Course convenor)
Biol1008 Human Biology
Biol3203 Histology and Advanced Microscopy(Course convenor)
Supervision of undergraduate and Honours research projects
2010 Biol1008 Joint teaching award with Drs Andras Keszei, Isabelle Ferru and William Foley
Regulation of feeding in insects by neural and endocrine systems. Physiology and ecology of aquatic macroinvertebrates, especially salt and pH regulation, and their use as indicators of water quality. Physiology and ecology of insect pests of Australian agriculture.
Student research opportunities
Lab awards and achievements
Past students have jobs at universities and in a number of government agencies. The lab is very successful at ensuring post grad and Honours students are able to obtain positions.
Cooper, P.D., Schaffer, W.M. and Buchmann, S.L. 1985. Heat budgets and temperature regulation in honey bees foraging in the desert. Journal of Experimental Biology 114, 1-15.
Cooper, P.D. 1994. Mechanisms of hemolymph acid-base regulation in aquatic insects. Physiological Zoology 67, 29-53.
Cooper, P.D. and He, P.-H. 1994. Control of foregut contraction in the black field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus Walker (Orthoptera, Gryllidae). Journal of Insect Physiology 40, 475-481.
East, P.D., Hales, D.F.& Cooper, P.D. 1997. Distribution of sulfakinin-like peptides in the central and sympathetic nervous system of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana (L.) and the field cricket Teleogryllus commodus (Walker). Tissue and Cell 39, 347-354.
Cooper, P.D. 2001. What physiological processes permit insects to eat Eucalyptus leaves? Australian Journal of Ecology 26, 556-562.
Woodman, J.D. P.D. Cooper and V.S. Haritos. 2007. Cyclic gas exchange in the giant burrowing cockroach, Macropanesthia rhinoceros: effect of oxygen tension and temperature. Journal of Insect Physiology 53, 497-504.
Woodman, J.D., Paul D. Cooper and Victoria S. Haritos. 2008. Neural regulation of discontinuous gas exchange in Periplaneta americana. Journal of Insect Physiology 54, 472-480.
Woodman, J.D., V. S. Haritos and P.D. Cooper. 2008. Effects of phosphine on the neural regulation of gas exchange in Periplaneta Americana. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 147: 271-277.
Cooper, P.D., S.R. Dennis, J.D. Woodman, A. Cowlings and C. Donnelly. 2010. Effect of opioid compounds on feeding and activity of the cockroach, Periplaneta americana. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology C 151, 298-302.
Cooper, P.D. & Beckage, N.E. 2010. The effects of parasitism on foregut contraction in the caterpillar of the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta L. Journal of Insect Physiology, 56, 1958-1965.
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Students have been funded by the Malaysian government and AusAID in the last 5 years. No Australian government grants in that period.