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Biographical entry Hooper, John

Marine zoologist


John Hooper is an international authority on the taxonomy, systematics and biodiversity of Porifera (sponges). His fieldwork across tropical Australia, southeast Asia and Pacific islands resulted in an extensive collection at the Queensland Museum of sessile marine invertebrates, a significant proportion being new to science. Hooper has published descriptions of over 600 new species, ten new genera and two new families of sponges. In his research Hopper seeks to identify compounds in sponges with potential for use in the treatment of heart disease, cancer and intestinal diseases.



1999 -
Career position - Head of Biodiversity and Geosciences Programs, Queensland Museum
2001 -
Career position - Subject Editor, Porifera Section, Zootaxa
2001 -
Career position - Adjunct Professor, Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University
2004 -
Career position - Managing Editor, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum
Career position - Member, Discussion Panel on Marine Genetic Resources, 8th United Nations Informal Consultative Process for Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS)
Award - Queensland Museum Medal
2010 - 2013
Career position - Chair, Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections
2010 - 2014
Career position - Member, Advisory Committee, Australian Biological Resources Study
2011 - 2013
Career position - Chair, Management Committee, Atlas of Living Australia

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    Head, Biodiversity and Geoscience Programs 1999 - ; awarded the Museum's Medal 2010

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