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Dr David Gopurenko
BSc Australian Environmental Science (Griffith University, Australia), PhD (Griffith University, Australia)
Position Research Scientist Molecular Systematics
Adjunct Research Fellow
Location NSW Department of Primary Industries, Pine Gully Road, Wagga Wagga
Phone 02 6938 1946
Fax 02 6938 1809
David Gopurenko received his PHD in Australia, investigating population genetics and phylogeography of mud crabs across the Indo-West Pacific region. He later conducted Post-Doctoral studies at Purdue University Indiana USA, using genetic parentage anlysis to examine mating systems in salamanders. David joined NSW DPI in 2007 as a Research Officer Molecular Systematics at the Wagga Wagga Agricultural institute, and is now the principal investigator to the Institute’s DNA Barcoding facilities. David conducts genetic research on a broad variety of projects in collaboration with specialist taxonomists and entomologists from Australia and overseas. These projects focus on species identification, species discovery, systematics and population genetics, and are targeted mainly at economically important insects and exotic pests. David is also keenly interested in using contemporary molecular genetic methods to enhance biodiversity analysis, and as a means to examine molecular mechanisms contributing to the emergence of reproductive barriers associated with species evolution.
Research and Teaching
- DNA barcoding of Tussock moths (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae).
- Systematics and DNA barcoding of Australian leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae).
- Systematics, DNA barcoding and phylogeography of Australasian biting midges (Ceratopogonidae: Culicoides).
- DNA barcoding of Macquarie marshes soil seedbank
- DNA barcoding of Whiteflies (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae)
- DNA barcoding of various Entomopathogenic fungi
- Next generation sequencing / DNA barcoding for arthropod biodiversity analysis
- Genetic analyses of native and exotic populations of Alligator weed (Alternanthera philoxeroides).
- DNA barcoding and population genetics to examine various high profile insect pests and invasive weeds
- No current teaching activities.
- Some experience teaching Evolutionary Biology to tertiary level.
- Society for the Study of Evolution
- Biodiversity, Species conservation, Evolutionary Biology.
- Promoting the sciences.
- Classical guitar.
- Bob Dylan.
deWaard JR, Mitchell A, Keena MA, Gopurenko D, Boykin LM, Armstrong KF, Pogue MG, Lima J, Floyd R, Hanner RH and Humble LM (2010). Towards a Global Barcode Library for Lymantria (Lepidoptera: Lymantriinae) Tussock Moths of Biosecurity Concern Plos One 5: e14280.
Bos DH, Gopurenko D, Williams RN and DeWoody JA (2008). Inferring population history and demography using microsatellites, mitochondrial DNA, and major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes. Evolution 62: 1458-1468.
Gopurenko D, Williams RN and DeWoody JA (2007). Reproductive and mating success in the small-mouthed salamander (Ambystoma texanum) estimated via microsatellite parentage analysis. Evolutionary Biology 34: 130–139.
Gopurenko D and Hughes JM (2002). Regional patterns of genetic structure among Australian populations of the mud crab, Scylla serrata (Crustacea: Decapoda): evidence from mitochondrial DNA. Marine and Freshwater Research 53: 849-857.
Gopurenko D, Hughes JM and Keenan CP (1999). Mitochondrial DNA evidence for rapid colonisation of the Indo-West Pacific by the mud crab Scylla serrata. Marine Biology 134: 227-233.