Toni Cooper

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Toni Cooper

Technical Officer

IMAS Taroona , Off-Campus

+61 3 6226 8283 (phone)

+61 3 6227 8035 (fax)

General Responsibilities

Current Projects

Biotic connectivity within the temperate Australian marine protected area network at three levels of biodiversity - communities, populations and genes – Australian Research Council (2010 -2015)


Selected publications:

Edgar G.J., Stuart-Smith R.D., Willis T.J., Kininmonth S., Baker S.C., Banks S., Barrett N.S., Becerro M.A., Bernard A.T.F., Berkhout J., Buxton C.D., Campbell S.J., Cooper A.T., Davey M., Edgar S.C., Forsterra G., Galvan D.E., Irigoyen A.J., Kushner D.J., Moura R., Parnell E., Shears N.T., Soler G., Strain E.M.A., Thomson R.J. 2014. Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features. Nature, 506 pp. 216-220. ISSN 0028-0836

Stuart-Smith, R. Stuart-Smith, J., Cooper, A., Edgar, G. 2009. Baseline biodiversity Survey of the Cod Grounds Commonwealth Marine Reserve. Report to the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Commonwealth Government of Australia, 43 pp.

Green M.A., Stuart-Smith R.D., Valentine J.P., Einoder L.D., Barrett N.S., Cooper A.T. & Stalker M.D. 2012. Spotted Handfish monitoring and recovery actions – 2011–2012. Report for Derwent Estuary Program and Caring For Our Country. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research and Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies.

Full Publication List:

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Fields of Research

  • Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) (310305)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Environmental management (410404)

Research Objectives

  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of marine environments (180507)
  • Marine biodiversity (180504)
  • Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems (180201)
  • Fisheries - recreational freshwater (100301)
  • Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems (180403)


Total publications


Journal Article

(5 outputs)
2020Edgar GJ, Cooper A, Baker SC, Barker W, Barrett NS, et al., 'Reef Life Survey: establishing the ecological basis for conservation of shallow marine life', Biological Conservation, 252 Article 108855. ISSN 0006-3207 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108855 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Edgar GJ; Baker SC; Barrett NS; Clausius E; Ling SD; Oh E; Shields J; Soler GA; Stuart-Smith J; Stuart-Smith RD


2017Edgar GJ, Stuart-Smith RD, Cooper A, Jacques M, Valentine J, 'New opportunities for conservation of handfishes (Family Brachionichthyidae) and other inconspicuous and threatened marine species through citizen science', Biological Conservation, 208 pp. 174-182. ISSN 0006-3207 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.07.028 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Edgar GJ; Stuart-Smith RD


2017Stuart-Smith RD, Edgar GJ, Barrett NS, Bates AE, Baker SC, et al., 'Assessing national biodiversity trends for rocky and coral reefs through the integration of citizen science and scientific monitoring programs', Bioscience, 67, (2) pp. 134-146. ISSN 0006-3568 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biw180 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 40Web of Science - 41

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD; Edgar GJ; Barrett NS; Baker SC; Bax NJ; Berkhout J; Blanchard JL; Day PB; Kininmonth S; Ling SD; Strain E


2015Stuart-Smith RD, Edgar GJ, Stuart-Smith JF, Barrett NS, Fowles AE, et al., 'Loss of native rocky reef biodiversity in Australian metropolitan embayments', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 95, (1) pp. 324-332. ISSN 0025-326X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.03.023 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 18

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD; Edgar GJ; Stuart-Smith JF; Barrett NS; Fowles AE; Hill NA; Oh ES; Thompson RJ


2014Edgar GJ, Stuart-Smith RD, Willis TJ, Kininmonth SJ, Baker SC, et al., 'Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features', Nature, 506, (7487) pp. 216-220. ISSN 0028-0836 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/nature13022 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 909Web of Science - 884

Co-authors: Edgar GJ; Stuart-Smith RD; Kininmonth SJ; Baker SC; Barrett NS; Berkhout J; Buxton CD; Davey M; Soler G; Strain EMA; Thomson RJ


Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(2 outputs)
2017Edgar GJ, Barrett NS, Cooper AT, Soler GA, 'Surveys of subtidal reefs in the Southwest National Park Marine Nature Reserve 2004-2017', Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Hobart, Tasmania, July (2017) [Contract Report]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Edgar GJ; Barrett NS; Soler GA

2009Stuart-Smith RD, Stuart-Smith JF, Cooper AT, Edgar GJ, 'Baseline biodiversity survey of the Cod Grounds Commonwealth Marine Reserve', Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 1 (2009) [Consultants Report]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD; Stuart-Smith JF; Edgar GJ

Other Public Output

(3 outputs)
2018Barrett N, Edgar G, Oh E, Cooper A, Soler G, 'Surveys of the subtidal reef biota of the Tinderbox Marine Nature Reserve 1992-2017', Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, UTAS, Hobart, Tasmania, October (2018) [Government or Industry Research]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Barrett N; Edgar G; Oh E; Soler G

2015Stuart-Smith RD, Edgar GJ, Cooper AT, Gudge SA, Douglass T, 'Reef biodiversity monitoring at Lord Howe Island 2015', Report for the Lord Howe Island Marine Park and NSW Department of Primary Industries, Reef Life Survey Foundation Incorporated, Hobart, Tasmania (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD; Edgar GJ; Gudge SA

2013Stuart-Smith RD, Crawford T, Cooper A, Kininmonth S, Stuart-Smith J, et al., 'Coral sea marine biodiversity', IMAS and Reef Life Survey, Australia (2013) [Report Other]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD; Crawford T; Kininmonth S; Stuart-Smith J; Berkhout J; Edgar G

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Understanding and communicating drivers of change affecting coral reefs in Australian Marine Parks (2020 - 2021)$149,077
Cumulative impacts of climate change, habitat loss, overharvesting, and invasive species are accelerating impacts on biological diversity. We propose toidentify drivers of ecological change affecting coral reefs across tropical Australian Marine Parks by analysing Reef Life Survey data for hundreds of fish,coral and invertebrate species recorded across multiple years at 345 sites. The accuracy of RLS data will be validated through independentobservations recorded by underwater video. After applying appropriate correction factors to standardise densities of all species per square metre ofreef, we will integrate species data in food web structural equation models with likely drivers of change (sea temperature, fishing pressure, parkmanagement zonation, crown-of-thorns seastar densities, cyclone tracks). The influences of different pressures contributing to change in AMPs willthereby be identified. Results will be communicated widely to management, science and public audiences.
Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) ($149,077)
Our Marine Parks Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Edgar GJ; Cooper AT
2020 - 2021