Brandon S. Cooper

Brandon S. Cooper

Assistant Professor

Office: ISB 316

Personal Website


NIH and NIAID Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Davis

PhD, Indiana University-Bloomington

BS, MS, Indiana State University

Research Interests

Host-symbiont interactions, physiological adapatation, speciation, Wolbachia

Field of Study

Evolutionary genetics

Selected Publications

Cooper, B.S., A. Sedghifar, W.T. Nash, A.A. Comeault, D.R. Matute. A maladaptive combination of traits contributes to the maintenance of a stable hybrid zone between two divergent species of Drosophila. bioRxiv. 

Cooper, B.S., P. Ginsberg, M. Turelli, and D. Matute. 2017. Wolbachia in the Drosophila yakuba complex: pervasive frequency variation and weak cytoplasmic incompatibility, but no apparent effect on reproductive isolation. Genetics. 205:333–351.

Adrion, J.R., M.W. Hahn, and B.S. Cooper. 2015. Revisiting classic clines in Drosophila melanogaster in the age of genomics. Trends in Genetics. 31:434-444.

Cooper, B.S., C. Burrus, C. Ji, M.W. Hahn, and K.L. Montooth. 2015. Similar efficacies of selection shape mitochondrial and nuclear genes in both Drosophila melanogaster and Homo sapien. Genes|Genomes|Genetics. 5:2165-76.

Cooper, B.S., L.A. Hammad, and K.L. Montooth. 2014. Thermal adaptation of cellular membranes in natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster. Functional Ecology. 4:886-894.

Condon, C., B.S. Cooper, S. Yeaman, and M.J. Angilletta. 2014. Temporal variation favors the evolution of generalists in experimental populations of Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution. 68:720-728.

Cooper, B.S., L.A. Hammad, N.P. Fisher, J.A. Karty, and K.L. Montooth. 2012. In a variable thermal environment selection favors greater plasticity of cell membranes in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution. 66: 1976-1984.

Cooper, B.S., M. Czarnoleski, and M.J. Angilletta. 2010. Acclimation of thermal physiology in natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster: a test of an optimality model. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 23: 2346-2355.