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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Grants

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Supervision

  • (2004) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2003) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2003) Master Agricultural Science

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Publications

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Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision

  • (2004) Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • (2003) Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • (2003) Master Agricultural Science — Principal Advisor

  • (2005) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • (2004) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • (2004) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • (2003) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor