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Silhouette of Scuba Divers

Favourite papers?

Johri, S., Solanki, J., Cantu, V. A., Fellows, S. R., Edwards, R. A., Moreno, I., … Dinsdale, E. A. (2019). ‘Genome skimming’ with the MinION hand-held sequencer identifies CITES-listed shark species in India’s exports market. Scientific Reports, 9(1).

Thorson, T.B. (2004). Life history implications of a tagging study of the largetooth sawfish, Pristis perotteti, in the Lake Nicaragua-Río San Juan system. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 7, 207-228.


Williams, M., O'Grady, J., Ball, B., Carlsson, J., Eyto, E., Mcginnity, P., … Parle‐Mcdermott, A. (2019). The application of CRISPR‐Cas for single species identification from environmental DNA. Molecular Ecology Resources, 19(5), 1106–1114.

Madalyn Cooper

Research Scientist | PhD student
PhD Candidate | James Cook University

Madalyn is an animal scientist with who has spent the last 8 years researching the conservation and health status of threatened species. Since 2014, Madalyn’s research has involved diagnostics of wildlife diseases at the University of Sydney and Taronga Zoo Sydney and field surveys of sharks and rays working with NGOs. Since starting a PhD at James Cook University in late 2016, Madalyn’s research has focused on molecular techniques for understanding the occurrence and distribution of threatened sharks and rays. Madalyn has done extensive fieldwork throughout the Indo-West Pacific and Eastern Africa where she has conducted training for the collection of genetic and environmental samples in collaboration with local institutions and organisations.

Madalyn’s most recent projects included:

  • Resolving the global occurrence and distribution of sawfishes using environmental DNA

  • Understanding the seasonality and habitat use of scalloped hammerheads in Guam, Micronesia

  • Genome skimming the critically endangered largetooth sawfish with the MinION hand-held sequencer

Favourite species?
Marbled electric ray (Torpedo marmorata)
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