Professor Mark Cooper

Chair Crop Improvement

Centre for Crop Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
mark.cooper@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 62778

Overview

Professor Mark Cooper is Chair of Prediction Based Crop Improvement at The University of Queensland, and a global leader in quantitative genetics and plant breeding. His work involves integrating genomic prediction and crop growth models into an ‘end to end’ framework for crop improvement.

Professor Cooper has pioneered the development of novel genetic modelling methodologies, based on gene networks, to study important properties of quantitative traits in biology, and demonstrated how this new genetic modelling framework can be successfully used in plant breeding to improve prediction of important traits under the influences of selection. Professor Cooper’s work at DuPont Pioneer on drought adaptation in one of the largest maize breeding programs in the world led to the AQUAmax hybrids that presently cover millions of hectares worldwide.

A quantitative geneticist by training, Professor Cooper spent 20 years working with industry in the United States and as CEO of his own consultancy firm Zenrun42, before returning to UQ to build upon the critical mass of predictive agricultural expertise in QAAFI and the wider university.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • (2004) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2003) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2003) Master Agricultural Science

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Brenner, Everton Alen, Coles, Nathan David, Cooper, Mark, Curran, Bill S., Lee, Travis J and Mengistu, Neway Challa (2018). Maize hybrid X03H001. 9968049.

  • Cooper, Mark (2018). Maize Hybrid X00H315. 9888643.

  • Cooper, Mark (2017). Maize Inbred PH25AG. 9788517.

  • Cooper, M., Lee, T. J., Curran, B. S., Coles, N. D., Mengistu, N. C., Wardyn, B. M., Kilgore-Norquest, L. L. and Barker, T. C. (2016). Maize hybrid X08F124. 9474228.

  • Cooper, M., Lee, T. J., Curran, B. S., Coles, N. D., Mengistu, N. C., Wardyn, B. M. and Barker, T. C. (2016). Maize hybrid X08F091. 9445571.

  • Ross, Andrew Jon , Cooper, Mark and Fischer, David B (2016). Maize hybrid X08F109. 9433176.

  • Cooper, Mark (2016). Maize inbred PH25AK. 9426962.

  • Messina, Carlos, Wei, Jun, Dong, Zhanshan, Qing, Zhisheng, Laffont, Jean-Louis, Samples, Mitchell, Schussler, Jeffrey R., Graham, Geoffrey I., Loeffler, Carlos and Cooper, Mark (2015). Real-time process for targeting trait phenotyping of plant breeding experiments. 9107355.

  • Cooper, Mark and Verde Chifflet, Luis A. (2015). Maize hybrid X13D099. 9084408.

  • Hausmann, Neil Jonathan , Abadie, Tabare E., Cooper, Mark, Lafitte, Honor Renee and Schussler, Jeffrey R. (2015). Method and system for digital image analysis of ear traits. 9008409.

  • Barker, T. C., Carlone Jr., M. R. and Cooper, M. (2015). Maize hybrid X08B746. 8975491.

  • Cooper, Mark and Barker, Thomas Charles (2015). Maize hybrid X08C961. 8957289.

  • Smalley, Matthew David, Carlone Jr, Mario Rosario, Fox, Russell L. and Cooper, Mark (2014). Maize hybrid X08C980. 8872005.

  • Barker, T. C., Smalley, M. D. and Cooper, M. (2014). Maize hybrid X03C201. 8809644.

  • Cooper, Mark, Kilgore-Norquest, Lora Lynn, Barker, Thomas Charles and Wardyn, Brandon Michael (2014). Maize hybrid X13C726. 8809646.

  • Cooper, Mark, Wilson, William Andrew and Lee, Travis J. (2014). Maize hybrid X08C962. 8754306.

  • Lee, Travis J., Kilgore-Norquest, Lora Lynn, Barker, Thomas Charles and Cooper, Mark (2014). Maize hybrid X08C908. 8742232.

  • Cooper, Mark (2014). Maize inbred PH1M3D. 8742231.

  • Cooper, Mark and Ross, Andrew Jon (2014). Maize inbred PH1M3M. 8735692.

  • Grote, E. M., Wilson, W. A. and Cooper, M. (2014). Maize hybrid X05B912. 8686248.

  • Hausmann, Neil J., Abadie, Tabare E., Cooper, Mark, Lafitte, Honor R. and Schussler, Jeffrey R. (2013). Method and system for digital image analysis of ear traits. 8488865.

  • Hausmann, Neil Jonathan , Abadie, Tabare E., Cooper, Mark, Lafitte, Honor Renee and Schussler, Jeffrey R. (2011). Method and system for digital image analysis of ear traits. 8073235.

  • Podlich, Dean, Cooper, Mark and Winkler, Chris (2011). QTL "mapping as-you-go". 8039686.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision

  • (2004) Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • (2003) Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • (2003) Master Agricultural Science — Principal Advisor

  • (2005) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • (2004) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • (2004) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • (2003) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor