BSc Australian Environmental Science (Griffith University, Australia), PhD (Griffith University, Australia)
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 analysis to examine mating systems in salamanders. David joined NSW DPI in 2007 at the Wagga Wagga Agricultural institute, where he manages a DNA barcoding facility. David conducts genetic research in collaboration with specialist taxonomists and ecologists, with focus on projects involving species identification, species discovery, systematics and population genetics. Projects are targeted mainly at investigation of economically important insects, weeds and or exotic pests and pathogens of biosecurity concern. 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.
⦁DNA barcoding of pest moths (Lepidoptera) & leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae)
⦁Systematics & DNA barcoding of biting midges (Ceratopogonidae: Culicoides)
⦁Next generation sequencing / DNA barcoding for arthropod biodiversity analysis
⦁Genetic analyses of various exotic weed species & populations
⦁Development of genetic tools for improved pest diagnostics
Gopurenko D, Wang A, Wu H (2018) Specificity of LAMP for genetic diagnostics of Chilean needle grass and serrated tussock. In: Proceedings of the 21st Australasian Weeds Conference, 9–13 September 2018, Sydney, New South Wales, eds S. Johnson, L. Weston, H. Wu & B. Auld. (Weed Society of New South Wales), pp. 302-306. ISBN 978-0-9954159-1-1.
Hall SJ, Dry IB, Gopurenko D, Whitelaw-Weckert MA (2018) Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae from cool climate Australian grapevine vineyards: new phylogroup PG02f associated with Bacterial Inflorescence Rot. Plant Pathology; DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12936.
Liu J, Gopurenko D, Fletcher MJ, Johnson AC, Gurr GM (2017) Phytoplasmas – the “crouching tiger” threat of Australian plant pathology. Frontiers in Plant Science8,599.
Zhu X, Skoneczny S, Gopurenko D, Meyer L, Lepschi BJ, Weston PA, Callaway RM, Gurr GM, Weston LA (2017) Ecology and genetics affect relative invasion success of two Echium species in Southern Australia. Scientific Reports 7, 42792; DOI: 10.1038/srep42792.
Gopurenko D, Fletcher MJ, Liu J, Gurr GM (2016) Expanding and exploring the diversity of phytoplasmas from lucerne (Medicago sativa). Scientific Reports 6, 37746.
Fletcher MJ, Löcker H, Mitchell A, Gopurenko D (2016) A revision of the genus Orosius Distant (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae) based on male genitalia and DNA barcoding. Austral Entomology 56, 198-217; DOI: 10.1111/aen.12224.
Gopurenko D, Bellis GA, Yanase T, Warhana AH, Thepparat A, Wang J-L, Li H-C, Mitchell A (2015) Integrative taxonomy to investigate species boundaries within Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae): a case study using subgenus Avaritia from Australasia and eastern Asia. Veterinaria Italiana 51, 345-378. DOI: 10.12834/VetIt.515.2463.2.
Shaik RS, Gopurenko D, Urwin NAR, Burrows GE, Lepschi BJ, Weston LA (2015) Population genetics of invasive Citrullus lanatus, Citrullus colocynthis and Cucumis myriocarpus (Cucurbitaceae) in Australia: inferences based on chloroplast and nuclear gene sequencing. Biological Invasions 17, 2475–2490.