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Chris Cooper

Honorary Research Associate

Off-Campus

Dr Chris Cooper is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the School of Biological Sciences where he is currently completing a project which examines the use of exogenous enzymes for mashing with unmalted barley, malt and a rice adjunct. His previous work in understanding the precursor biochemistry of flavour and aroma compounds has led to substantial yield improvements for industry. He has a diverse background which brings an ability to work innovatively across disciplines. This is supported by a research background in science and an effective working knowledge in the arts and humanities with the capacity to develop creative approaches for research activities.

Biography

Dr. Chris Cooper has a PhD in agriculture science and an interest in issues relating to sustainability including through the use of chemistry and enzymatic processes for food and beverage production. This multidisciplinary approach has been supported by a range of related work experiences including as a consultant in research and evaluation, work in a hospital setting, the Founder and Director of a community arts / science organisation and as a UTAS based research fellow where he has worked in close association with agricultural industries. His research background has spanned agriculture, food and beverage production, pharmacology, microbiology, the development of monitoring programs for agricultural pesticide use, and the production of high value extracts from agricultural waste. In the consultancy sector his projects have included the mode of action of natural product biocides for Eden Research Plc.; and, mental health and adversity in rural and remote areas, indigenous financial literacy for remote communities, and a model of care based synthesis of arthritis research for Susan J Garner and Associates. His experience in the education and community sectors has included the development of innovative community processes for science and climate change education.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis titleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDStudies on the Carotenoid and Glycosidic Precursors of Aroma and Flavour Compounds in Boronia megastigma (Nees)University of TasmaniaAustralia05/08/2006
MScStudies on the oral delivery of phosphocitrateUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia01/05/1993
BSc(Hons) University of TasmaniaAustralia04/7/1981

Languages (other than English)

Spanish (beginner/intermediate)

Administrative expertise

The Founder and Director (2002 - 2008) of a not-for-profit organisation, The Mountain Festival, which linked arts, science and education through an exploration of sense of place in Southern Tasmania. This included the development of innovative community processes for science and climate change education. Activities within the overall program included collaborations with UTAS academics.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Dr. Cooper's teaching background includes science education in Tasmanian Schools and Colleges. At UTAS he has been employed as a research academic.

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Expertise

Dr Chris Cooper has a multidisciplinary background combined with an intellectual and academic focus that relates to the interface between science and society. His diverse background brings an ability to work innovatively across disciplines. His research background has spanned innovative approaches to brewing, the production of high value extracts from agricultural waste, the development of monitoring programs for agricultural pesticide use, pharmacology, microbiology. Chris has worked on research review/evaluation/policy projects relating to mental health and adversity in rural and remote areas, indigenous financial literacy for remote communities, and a model of care based synthesis of arthritis research. Over the last decade he has developed knowledge bases in diverse areas including post-harvest processing of plant crops, the biochemistry of beer production, alternative energy systems for agricultural enterprises, community based sense of place theory and practice, and participatory action research processes.

Research Themes

Chris' current research aligns with University's Environment, Resources and Sustainability research themeDevelopment of more detailed knowledge concerning the biological mechanisms that underpin post-harvest agricultural processes will allow better decision making for the use of agricultural resources. Previous work in the non-profit sector relates to the theme of Creativity, Culture and Society.

Collaboration

In 2010, Dr Cooper collaborated with Dr Cherie Motti at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in order to undertake the NMR based identification of glycosides of the Australian flowering plant Boronia megastigma.

Current projects

Dr. Cooper is currently in the process of completing an investigation into the wort quality impact of exogenous enzymes combined with unmalted barley, malt and a rice adjunct in the mashing process. He is currently working with colleagues to develop a new proposal to examine the understanding of the importance of flavour precursors, including glycosides, in malted barley for the development of new flavour paradigms for the brewing industry.

Fields of Research

  • Horticultural Production (070699)
  • Post Harvest Horticultural Technologies (incl. Transportation and Storage) (070605)
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)
  • Horticultural Crop Growth and Development (070601)
  • Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds) (070308)
  • Horticultural Crop Improvement (Selection and Breeding) (070602)
  • Crop and Pasture Biochemistry and Physiology (070303)

Research Objectives

  • Horticultural Crops (820299)
  • Essential Oil Crops (e.g. Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Boronia, Sandalwood) (820302)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production (829899)
  • Barley (820501)

Publications

Total publications

12

Journal Article

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Cooper CM, Evans E, Yousif A, Metz N, Koutoulis A, 'Comparison of the impact on the performance of small-scale mashing with different proportions of unmalted barley, Ondea Pro , malt and rice', Journal of the Institute of Brewing, 122, (2) pp. 218-227. ISSN 0046-9750 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/jib.325 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Evans E; Koutoulis A

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2011Cooper CM, Davies NW, Motti C, Menary RC, 'Glycosidic Conjugates of C13 Norisoprenoids, Monoterpenoids, and Cucurbates in Boronia megastigma (Nees)', Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 59, (6) pp. 2610-2617. ISSN 0021-8561 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/jf104051t [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Davies NW; Menary RC

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2009Cooper C, Davies NW, Menary RC, 'Changes in some carotenoids and apocarotenoids during flower development in Boronia megastigma (Nees)', Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry , 57, (4) pp. 1513-1520. ISSN 0021-8561 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/jf802610p [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Davies NW; Menary RC

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2003Cooper C, Davies NW, Menary RC, 'C-27 Apocarotenoids in the flowers of Boronia megastigma (Nees)', Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 51, (8) pp. 2384-2389. ISSN 0021-8561 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/jf026007c [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 20

Co-authors: Davies NW; Menary RC

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Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2011Cooper CM, Davies NW, Motti C, Menary RC, 'Identification of glycosidic conjugates in Boronia megastigma (Nees) using LC-UV/MS-SPE-NMR', 24th International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Sciences, 22-27 August, 2010, Cairns (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Davies NW; Menary RC

2010Cooper CM, Davies NW, Motti C, Menary RC, 'Identification of Glycosides of flavour and aroma compounds in Boronia megastigma (Nees) using LC-UV/MS-SPE-NMR', Proceedings of the XXIV International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems (ICMBRS XXIV), 22-27 August 2010, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef - Queensland, Australia (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Davies NW; Menary RC

2010Cooper CM, Davies NW, Motti C, Menary RC, 'Identification of Glycosides and aroma compounds in Boronia megastigma (Nees) using LC-UV/MS-SPE-NMR' ', XXIVth International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems , Book of Abstracts, 22-27 Aug 2010, Cairns, Qld (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Davies NW; Menary RC

2003Cooper C, Davies NW, Menary RC, 'Glycosidic conjugates of monoterpene alcohols, cucurbates and C-13 norisprenoids in Boronia megastigma', 34th International Symposium on Essential Oils , 7-10 September, 2003, Wurzburg, Germany, pp. book of abstracts. (2003) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Davies NW; Menary RC

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2007Menary RC, Cooper C, 'Quality assurance protocols to minimise pesticide residues in essential oils', Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation, Final Report UT-45A (2007) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Menary RC

2007Menary RC, Cooper C, 'Increased yields from peppermint crops through improved micro nutrient nutrition', Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation, Final Report UT-49A (2007) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Menary RC

2006Menary RC, Falzari L, Cooper C, 'Improved Oil Quality and Yield from Tasmanian-grown French Lavender', Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation, Final Report UT-40A (2006) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Menary RC; Falzari L

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2006Cooper C, 'Studies on the Carotenoid and Glycosidic Precursors of Aroma and Flavour Compounds in Boronia megastigma (Nees)' (2006) [PhD]

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