Links to open access publications, and PDFs of other papers published.

The following publication list is limited to those that have been authored or co-authored by Jacob C. Cooper; other papers by other folks need to be sought from academic websites or directly from the authors. Bolded authors are mentioned on the Members page. To help increase the accessibility of our science, we strive to publish as many papers as possible in Open Access journals to make them freely available.

Peer Reviewed Pubs

  1. Cobos, Marlon E., Claudia Nuñez-Penichet, Peter D. Campbell, Jacob C. Cooper, Fernando Machado-Stredel, Narayani Barve, Uzma Ashraf, Abdelghafar A. Alkishe, Eric Ng’eno, Rahul Raveendran Nair, P. Joser Atauchi, Adeola Adeboje & A. Townsend Peterson. 2023. Effects of occurrence data density on conservation prioritization strategies. Biological Conservation 284:110207. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2023.110207 PDF HERE

  2. Velde, Mélusine F.,1 Elizabeth M. Besozzi, Billi A. Krochuk, Kate M. Henderson, Brian R. Tsuru, Sara Velásquez Restrepo, Holly M. Garrod & Jacob C. Cooper.1 2023. What constitutes a community? A co-occurrence exploration of the Costa Rican avifauna. Neotropical Biodiversity 9(1):64-75. doi: 10.1080/23766808.2023.2204549 Open Access

  3. Eliason, Chad, Jacob C. Cooper, Shannon J. Hackett, Erica Zahnle, Tatiana Pequeño Saco, J. Dylan Maddox, Taylor Hains, Mark E. Hauber & John M. Bates. 2023. Interspecific hybridization explains rapid gorget color divergence in Heliodoxa hummingbirds (Aves: Trochilidae). Royal Society Open Science 10(3):221603. doi: 10.1098/rsos.221603 PDF HERE Open Access

  4. Cooper, Jacob C. 2022. Mountain Sawwing (Psalidoprocne fuliginosa), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (Paul G. Rodewald, Ed.). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. doi: 10.2173/bow.mousaw1.02 (Encylopedia article, no PDF available).

  5. Cooper, Jacob C., Nicholas M. A. Crouch, Adam W. Ferguson & John M. Bates. 2022. Climatic refugia and reduced extinction correlate with underdispersion in mammals and birds in Africa. Ecology and Evolution 12(3):e8752. doi: 10.1002/ece3.8752 PDF HERE Open Access

  6. Tobias, Joseph A. … Cooper, Jacob C. … & Matthias Schleuning.2 2022. AVONET: morphological, ecological, and geographical data for all birds. Ecology Letters 25(3):581-597. doi: 10.1111/ele.13898 PDF HERE Open Access

  7. Cooper, Jacob C. 2021. Hierarchical analyses of community biogeography in the Afromontane highlands. Frontiers in Biogeography 13.04:e51310. doi: 10.21425/F5FBG51310 PDF HERE Open Access

  8. Cooper, Jacob C., J. Dylan Maddox, Kellie McKague & John M. Bates. 2021. Multiple lines of evidence indicate ongoing allopatric and parapatric diversification in an Afromontane sunbird (Cinnyris reichenowi). Ornithology (formerly The Auk) 138:ukaa081. doi:10.1093/ornithology/ukaa081 PDF HERE Free Access

  9. Allen, Kaitlen E., Walter P. Tapondjou, Benedictus Freeman, Jacob C. Cooper, Rafe M. Brown & A. Townsend Peterson. 2021. Modelling potential Pleistocene habitat corridors between Afromontane forest regions. Biodiversity and Conservation 30:2361–2375. Stable Link Here PDF HERE

  10. Caparucho, João Marcos Guimarães, Mary Ashley, Brian Tsuru, Jacob C. Cooper & John M. Bates. 2020. Dispersal ability correlates with range size in Amazonian habitat restricted birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287(1939):20201450. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.1450 PDF HERE Appears to be free access to manuscript

  11. Hruska, Jack P., Jacob C. Cooper & Mark B. Robbins. 2020. First record of Mexican Whip-poor-will Antrostomus arizonae in Nicaragua. Cotinga 42:56-57. PDF HERE

  12. Owens, Hannah L., Vivian Ribiero, Erin Saupe, Marlon E. Cobos, Peter Hosner, Jacob C. Cooper, Abdallah Samy, Vijay Barve, Narayani Barve, Carlos Muñoz & A. Townsend Peterson. 2020. Acknowledging uncertainty in evolutionary reconstructions of ecological niches. Ecology and Evolution 10(14):6967-6977. doi: 10.1002/ece3.6359 PDF HERE Open Access

  13. Voight, Janet R., Jacob C. Cooper & Raymond W. Lee. 2020. Stable isotopic evidence of misotrophy in xylophagids, deep-sea wood-boring bivalves. Frontiers in Marine Science 7:50. doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00050 PDF HERE Open Access

  14. Cooper, Jacob C. 2018. Niche theory and its relation to morphology and phenotype in geographic space: a case study in woodpeckers (Picidae). Journal of Avian Biology e01771. doi:10.1111/jav.01771 PDF HERE

  15. Da Silva, Thilina, Sumudu W. Fernando, Mark B. Robbins, Jacob C. Cooper, Eric B. Fokam & A. Townsend Peterson. 2018. Recognition of a new generic-level swallow taxon from Central Africa. Journal of Avian Biology e01698. doi:10.1111/jav.01698 PDF HERE

  16. Cooper, Jacob C. & Jorge Soberón. 2018. Creating individual accessible area hypotheses improves stacked species distribution model performance. Global Ecology & Biogeography 27:156-165. doi:10.1111/geb.12678 PDF HERE

  17. Saupe, Erin E., Narayani Barve, Hannah L. Owens, Jacob C. Cooper, Peter Hosner & A. Townsend Peterson. 2018. Reconstructing ecological niche evolution when niches are incompletely characterized. Systematic Biology 67:428-438. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syx084 PDF HERE Free Access

  18. Ingenloff, Kathryn, Christopher Hensz, Tashitso Anamza, Vijay Barve, Lindsay P. Campbell, Jacob C. Cooper, Ed Komp, Laura Jimenez, Karen Olson, Luis Osorio-Olvera, Hannah L. Owens, A. Townsend Peterson, Abdallah Samy, Marianna Simões & Jorge Soberón. 2017. Predictable invasion dynamics in American populations of the Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284:20171157. doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.1157 PDF HERE Appears to be free access

  19. Brzeski, Kristin E., Jared D. Wolfe, Jacob C. Cooper & Luke L. Powell. 2016. Camera sighting of Congo Clawless Otter in the midst of rapid development on mainland Equatorial Guinea. IUCN Otter Spec. Group Bulletin 33(2). PDF HERE

  20. Cooper, Jacob C., Oscar Johnson, Tristan J. Davis, Ryan S. Terrill, Jared D. Wolfe, Kristin E. Brzeski, Amancio M. Etingüe & Luke L. Powell. 2017. Notes on the distribution of the avifauna of Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea, including one new country record. Malimbus 39(1):1-15. PDF HERE

  21. Cooper, Jacob C. & Diego Barragán Díaz. 2017. Tawny-throated Leaftosser Sclerurus mexicanus, version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Ed.). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. doi:10.2173/bow.tatlea1.01 (Encylopedia article, no PDF available).

  22. Cooper, Jacob C. & Andrés M. Cuervo. 2017. Vocal variation and species limits in the Sclerurus mexicanus complex. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 129(1):13-24. PDF HERE

  23. Cooper, Jacob C., Luke L. Powell & Jared D. Wolfe. 2016. Notes on the birds of Equatorial Guinea, including nine3 first country records. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 23(2):152-163. PDF HERE

  24. Simões, Marianna V. P., Laura C. V. Breitkreutz, Mabel Alvarado G., Stephen M. Baca, Jacob C. Cooper, Liam E. Heins, Kaylee S. Herzog, & Bruce S. Lieberman. 2016. The evolving theory of evolutionary radiations. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31(1):27-34. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2015.10.007 PDF HERE

Other Manuscripts


  1. Velde, Mélusine F., Jacob C. Cooper & Holly M. Garrod. 2023. Testing the accuracy of species distribution models based on community science data. bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/2023.01.13.523331 Open Access

  2. Cooper, Jacob C. & Diego Barragán Díaz. 2022. Is niche divergence more likely in parapatry? A test in Sclerurus mexicanus sensu lato (Aves: Furnariidae). bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/2022.12.06.519370 Open Access


  1. Cooper, Jacob C. 2020. Depredation of Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) by a presumed American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) in an urban park. Meadowlark 29.4:10-11. PDF HERE

  2. Cooper, Jacob C. 2017. Book review of Why Birds Matter edited by Çağan Hakkı Şekercioğlu, Daniel G. Wenny & Christopher J. Whelan. Quarterly Review of Biology 92:464-465. doi:10.1086/694954 PDF HERE

Dissertations and Theses

  1. Cooper, Jacob C. 2021. Biogeographic and Ecologic Drivers of Avian Diversity. Doctoral Dissertation for the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago. doi: 10.6082/uchicago.3379 Open Access
  1. These authors should be considered co-first author.  2

  2. Too many authors to list succinctly, please see article directly. 

  3. One taxon (Hieraaetus wahlbergi) misidentified; see correction.