Dr Chris Cooney
School of Biosciences
NERC Independent Research Fellow
+44 114 222 0079
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School of Biosciences
Alfred Denny Building
- NERC Independent Research Fellow, University of Sheffield (2021-present)
- Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Sheffield (2019-2020)
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sheffield (2014-2019)
- DPhil Zoology, University of Oxford (2010-2014)
- BSc Biology, University of York (2007-2010)
- Research interests
My research seeks to understand the processes structuring large-scale patterns of biodiversity. I specialise in the use and development of phylogenetic comparative methods and large datasets to address fundamental questions about the forces shaping Earth’s biodiversity and the factors responsible for maintaining it.
I work on a broad range of macro-scale ecological and evolutionary questions, often using birds as a model system. In particular, I am interested in understanding the interaction between sexual selection and ecology in driving evolutionary dynamics within birds and across the Tree of Life.
My key research topics include:
- The evolution of sexual signalling traits
- Sexual dimorphism, sexual selection and speciation
- The drivers of speciation rate variation
- Geographic and taxonomic diversity gradients
- The causes and consequences of species co-existence
- Constraint and divergence in the evolution of male and female recombination rates in fishes. Evolution. View this article in WRRO
- The signature of competition in ecomorphological traits across the avian radiation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287(1938), 20201585-20201585.
- The signature of competition in ecomorphological traits across the avian radiation: Competition and trait macroevolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287(1938).
- Heterogeneous relationships between rates of speciation and body size evolution across vertebrate clades. Nature Ecology & Evolution.
- Ecology and allometry predict the evolution of avian developmental durations. Nature Communications, 11. View this article in WRRO
- Noncoding regions underpin avian bill shape diversification at macroevolutionary scales. Genome Research, 30(4), 553-565. View this article in WRRO
- The consequences of craniofacial integration for the adaptive radiations of Darwin’s finches and Hawaiian honeycreepers. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4(2), 270-278. View this article in WRRO
- Adaptive radiation and the evolution of nectarivory in a large songbird clade. Evolution, 73(6), 1226-1240. View this article in WRRO
- Phenotypic sexual dimorphism is associated with genomic signatures of resolved sexual conflict. Molecular Ecology. View this article in WRRO
- Sexual selection predicts the rate and direction of colour divergence in a large avian radiation. Nature Communications, 10. View this article in WRRO
- Multi-modal signal evolution in birds: re-examining a standard proxy for sexual selection. Proceedings. Biological sciences, 285(1889). View this article in WRRO
- Correlates of rate heterogeneity in avian ecomorphological traits. Ecology Letters, 21(10), 1505-1514. View this article in WRRO
- Human long intrinsically disordered protein regions are frequent targets of positive selection. Genome research. View this article in WRRO
- Male-biased gene expression resolves sexual conflict through the evolution of sex-specific genetic architecture. Evolution Letters, 2(2), 52-61. View this article in WRRO
- Sexual selection, speciation and constraints on geographical range overlap in birds. Ecology Letters. View this article in WRRO
- Mega-evolutionary dynamics of the adaptive radiation of birds. Nature, 542, 344-347. View this article in WRRO
- Widespread correlations between climatic niche evolution and species diversification in birds. Journal of Animal Ecology, 85(4), 869-878. View this article in WRRO
- Eggshell pigment composition covaries with phylogeny but not with life history or with nesting ecology traits of British passerines. Ecology and Evolution, 6(6), 1637-1645. View this article in WRRO
- Segmenting biological specimens from photos to understand the evolution of UV plumage in passerine birds.
- Ecology, phylogeny, and the evolution of developmental duration in birds.
- Noncoding regions underpin avian bill shape diversification at macroevolutionary scales.
- Research group
- Professional activities
Associate Editor at Ecology and Evolution