Professor James Cook

Professor James Cook

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment



  • PhD University of London
  • BA University of Oxford (UK)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment


Phone: (02) 4570 1371
Mobile: 0476007286
Location: R2.G.41

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Chapters in Books

  • Cruaud, A., Cook, J., Yang, D., Genson, G., Jabbour-Zahab, R., Kjellberg, F., Pereira, R., Ronsted, N., Santos-Mattos, O., Savolainen, V., Ubaidillah, R., Van Noort, S., Peng, Y. and Rasplus, J. (2012), 'Fig-fig wasp mutualism : the fall of the strict cospeciation paradigm?', Evolution of Plant-Pollinator Interactions, Cambridge University Press 9780521198929.
  • Cook, J. (2005), 'Alternative male mating tactics in fig wasps', Insect Evolutionary Ecology, CABI Publishing 978-0851998121.

Journal Articles

  • Hall, M., Brettell, L., Liu, H., Nacko, S., Spooner-Hart, R., Riegler, M. and Cook, J. (2021), 'Temporal changes in the microbiome of stingless bee foragers following colony relocation', FEMS Microbiology Ecology, vol 97, no 1 .
  • Katlav, A., Cook, J. and Riegler, M. (2021), 'Egg size-mediated sex allocation and mating-regulated reproductive investment in a haplodiploid thrips species', Functional Ecology, vol 35, no 2 , pp 485 - 498.
  • Katlav, A., Nguyen, D., Cook, J. and Riegler, M. (2021), 'Constrained sex allocation after mating in a haplodiploid thrips species depends on maternal condition', Evolution, vol 75, no 6 , pp 1525 - 1536.
  • Brettell, L., Riegler, M., O'Brien, C. and Cook, J. (2020), 'Occurrence of honey bee-associated pathogens in Varroa-free pollinator communities', Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, vol 171 .
  • Finch, J. and Cook, J. (2020), 'Flies on vacation : evidence for the migration of Australian Syrphidae (Diptera)', Ecological Entomology, vol 45, no 4 , pp 896 - 900.
  • Cook, D., Voss, S., Finch, J., Rader, R., Cook, J. and Spurr, C. (2020), 'The role of flies as pollinators of horticultural crops : an Australian case study with worldwide relevance', Insects, vol 11, no 6 .
  • Nacko, S., Hall, M., Duncan, M., Cook, J., Riegler, M. and Spooner-Hart, R. (2020), 'Scientific note on small hive beetle infestation of stingless bee (Tetragonula carbonaria) colony following a heat wave', Apidologie, vol 51, no 6 , pp 199 - 1201.
  • Ross, G., Horn, S., Macdonald, C., Powell, J., Reynolds, J., Ryan, M., Cook, J. and Nielsen, U. (2020), 'Metabarcoding mites : three years of elevated CO2 has no effect on oribatid assemblages in a Eucalyptus woodland', Pedobiologia, vol 81-82 .
  • Cooper, L., Bunnefeld, L., Hearn, J., Cook, J., Lohse, K. and Stone, G. (2020), 'Low-coverage genomic data resolve the population divergence and gene flow history of an Australian rain forest fig wasp', Molecular Ecology, vol 29, no 19 , pp 3649 - 3666.
  • Robertson, A., Finch, J., Young, A., Spooner-Hart, R., Outim, S. and Cook, J. (2020), 'Species diversity in bee flies and hover flies (Diptera: Bombyliidae and Syrphidae) in the horticultural environments of the Blue Mountains, Australia', Austral Entomology, vol 59, no 3 , pp 561 - 571.
  • Schmidt, L., Gilpin, A., Cook, J., Rymer, P., Gibson-Roy, P., Craigie, S. and Power, S. (2020), 'Restoration of native wildflower patches in agronomic settings for diverse and healthy pollinator populations', Australasian Plant Conservation, vol 28, no 4 , pp 17 - 19.
  • Hall, A., Johnson, S., Cook, J. and Riegler, M. (2019), 'High nymphal host density and mortality negatively impact parasitoid complex during an insect herbivore outbreak', Insect Science, vol 26, no 2 , pp 351 - 365.
  • Finch, J., Power, S., Welbergen, J. and Cook, J. (2019), 'A non-pollinating moth inflicts higher seed predation than two co-pollinators in an obligate pollination mutualism', Ecological Entomology, vol 44, no 6 , pp 780 - 791.
  • Liu, H., Macdonald, C., Cook, J., Anderson, I. and Singh, B. (2019), 'An ecological loop : host microbiomes across multitrophic interactions', Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol 34, no 12 , pp 1118 - 1130.
  • Nooten, S., Schultheiss, P., Rowe, R., Facey, S. and Cook, J. (2019), 'Habitat complexity affects functional traits and diversity of ant assemblages in urban green spaces (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)', Myrmecological News, vol 29 , pp 67 - 77.
  • Wang, B., Lu, M., Cook, J., Yang, D., Dunn, D. and Wang, R. (2018), 'Chemical camouflage : a key process in shaping an ant-treehopper and fig-fig wasp mutualistic network', Scientific Reports, vol 8 .
  • Darwell, C., Segar, S. and Cook, J. (2018), 'Conserved community structure and simultaneous divergence events in the fig wasps associated with Ficus benjamina in Australia and China', BMC Ecology, vol 18 .
  • Segar, S., Mardiastuti, A., Wheeler, P. and Cook, J. (2018), 'Detecting the elusive cost of parasites on fig seed production', Acta Oecologica, vol 90 , pp 69 - 74.
  • Kremer, J., Nooten, S., Cook, J., Ryalls, J., Barton, C. and Johnson, S. (2018), 'Elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations promote ant tending of aphids', Journal of Animal Ecology, vol 87, no 5 , pp 1475 - 1483.
  • Sutton, T., DeGabriel, J., Riegler, M. and Cook, J. (2018), 'A temperate pollinator with high thermal tolerance is still susceptible to heat events predicted under future climate change', Ecological Entomology, vol 43, no 4 , pp 506 - 512.
  • Nooten, S., Schultheiss, P., Wright, J., Macdonald, C., Singh, B., Cook, J. and Power, S. (2018), 'What shapes plant and animal diversity on urban golf courses?', Urban Ecosystems, vol 21, no 3 , pp 565 - 576.
  • Morgan, E., Sutton, T., Darwell, C. and Cook, J. (2018), 'Restructuring of a mutualism following introduction of Australian fig trees and pollinating wasps to Europe and the USA', Biological Invasions, vol 20, no 11 , pp 3037 - 3045.
  • Taylor, G., Braby, M., Moir, M., Harvey, M., Sands, D., New, T., Kitching, R., McQuillan, P., Hogendoorn, K., Glatz, R., Andren, M., Cook, J., Henry, S., Valenzuela, I. and Weinstein, P. (2018), 'Strategic national approach for improving the conservation management of insects and allied invertebrates in Australia', Austral Entomology, vol 57, no 2 , pp 124 - 149.
  • Fromont, C., Rymer, P., Riegler, M. and Cook, J. (2018), 'An ancient and a recent colonization of islands by an Australian sap-feeding insect', Journal of Biogeography, vol 45, no 10 , pp 2389 - 2399.
  • Finch, J., Power, S., Welbergen, J. and Cook, J. (2018), 'Two's company, three's a crowd : co-occurring pollinators and parasite species in Breynia oblongifolia (Phyllanthaceae)', BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol 18, no 1 .
  • Fromont, C., DeGabriel, J., Riegler, M. and Cook, J. (2017), 'Diversity and specificity of sap-feeding herbivores and their parasitoids on Australian fig trees', Insect Conservation and Diversity, vol 10, no 2 , pp 107 - 119.
  • Darwell, C. and Cook, J. (2017), 'Cryptic diversity in a fig wasp community : morphologically differentiated species are sympatric but cryptic species are parapatric', Molecular Ecology, vol 26, no 3 , pp 937 - 950.
  • Lieutier, F., Bermudez-Torres, K., Cook, J., Harris, M., Legal, L., Salle, A., Schatz, B. and Giron, D. (2017), 'From plant exploitation to mutualism', Advances in Botanical Research, vol 81 , pp 55 - 109.
  • Sutton, T., DeGabriel, J., Riegler, M. and Cook, J. (2017), 'Local coexistence and genetic isolation of three pollinator species on the same fig tree species', Heredity, vol 118 , pp 486 - 490.
  • Fromont, C., Riegler, M. and Cook, J. (2017), 'Relative abundance and strain diversity in the bacterial endosymbiont community of a sap-feeding insect across its native and introduced geographic range', Microbial Ecology, vol 74, no 3 , pp 722 - 734.
  • Hall, A., Steinbauer, M., Taylor, G., Johnson, S., Cook, J. and Riegler, M. (2017), 'Unravelling mummies : cryptic diversity, host specificity, trophic and coevolutionary interactions in psyllid - parasitoid food webs', BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol 17, no 1 .
  • Bigot, D., Dalmon, A., Roy, B., Hou, C., Germain, M., Romary, M., Deng, S., Diao, Q., Weinert, L., Cook, J., Herniou, E. and Gayral, P. (2017), 'The discovery of Halictivirus resolves the Sinaivirus phylogeny', Journal of General Virology, vol 98, no 11 , pp 2864 - 2875.
  • Cook, J., Reuter, C., Moore, J. and West, S. (2017), 'Molecular markers reveal reproductive strategies of non-pollinating fig wasps', Ecological Entomology, vol 42, no 6 , pp 689 - 696.
  • Sutton, T., Riegler, M. and Cook, J. (2016), 'One step ahead : a parasitoid disperses farther and forms a wider geographic population than its fig wasp host', Molecular Ecology, vol 25, no 4 , pp 882 - 894.
  • Hall, A., Morrow, J., Fromont, C., Steinbauer, M., Taylor, G., Johnson, S., Cook, J. and Riegler, M. (2016), 'Codivergence of the primary bacterial endosymbiont of psyllids versus host switches and replacement of their secondary bacterial endosymbionts', Environmental Microbiology, vol 18 , pp 2591 - 2603.
  • Fromont, C., Riegler, M. and Cook, J. (2016), 'Phylogeographic analyses of bacterial endosymbionts in fig homotomids (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) reveal codiversification of both primary and secondary endosymbionts', FEMS Microbiology Ecology, vol 92, no 12 .
  • Sutton, T., Reuter, C., Riegler, M. and Cook, J. (2015), 'Characterisation of microsatellite markers for fig-pollinating wasps in the Pleistodontes imperialis species complex', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol 63, no 2 , pp 122 - 126.
  • Kern, P., Cook, J., Kageyama, D. and Riegler, M. (2015), 'Double trouble : combined action of meiotic drive and Wolbachia feminization in Eurema butterflies', Biology Letters, vol 11, no 5 .
  • Hall, A., Gherlenda, A., Hasegawa, S., Johnson, S., Cook, J. and Riegler, M. (2015), 'Anatomy of an outbreak : the biology and population dynamics of a Cardiaspina psyllid species in an endangered woodland ecosystem', Agricultural and Forest Entomology, vol 17, no 3 , pp 292 - 301.
  • Fromont, C., Riegler, M. and Cook, J. (2015), 'Characterisation of 14 microsatellite markers for the Australian fig psylloid, Mycopsylla fici', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol 63, no 4 , pp 233 - 235.
  • Cook, J., Reuter, C., Moore, J. and West, S. (2015), 'Fighting in fig wasps : do males avoid killing brothers or do they never meet them?', Ecological Entomology, vol 40, no 6 , pp 741 - 747.
  • Campbell, H., Fellowes, M. and Cook, J. (2015), 'The curious case of the camelthorn : competition, coexistence, and nest-site limitation in a multispecies mutualism', American Naturalist, vol 186, no 6 , pp 172 - 181.
  • Campbell, H., Fellowes, M. and Cook, J. (2015), 'Species diversity and dominance-richness relationships for ground and arboreal ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) assemblages in Namibian desert, saltpan, and savannah', Myrmecological News, vol 21 , pp 37 - 47.
  • Segar, S., Dunn, D., Darwell, C. and Cook, J. (2014), 'How to be a fig wasp down under : the diversity and structure of an Australian fig wasp community', Acta Oecologica, vol 57 , pp 17 - 27.
  • Wang, B., Geng, X., Ma, L., Cook, J. and Wang, R. (2014), 'A trophic cascade induced by predatory ants in a fig-fig wasp mutualism', Journal of Animal Ecology, vol 83, no 5 , pp 1149 - 1157.
  • Darwell, C., Al-Beidh, S. and Cook, J. (2014), 'Molecular species delimitation of a symbiotic fig-pollinating wasp species complex reveals extreme deviation from reciprocal partner specificity', BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Wang, H., Ridley, J., Dunn, D., Wang, R., Cook, J. and Yu, D. (2013), 'Biased oviposition and biased survival together help resolve a fig-wasp conflict', Oikos, vol 122, no 4 , pp 533 - 540.
  • Xiao, J., Yue, Z., Jia, L., Yang, X., Niu, L., Wang, Z., Zhang, P., Sun, B., He, S., Li, Z., Xiong, T., Xin, W., Gu, H., Wang, B., Werren, J., Murphy, R., Wheeler, D., Niu, L., Ma, G. and Cook, J. (2013), 'Obligate mutualism within a host drives the extreme specialization of a fig wasp genome', Genome Biology, vol 14, no 12 .
  • Segar, S., Pereira, R., Compton, S. and Cook, J. (2013), 'Convergent structure of multitrophic communities over three continents', Ecology Letters, vol 16, no 12 , pp 1436 - 1445.
  • Campbell, H., Townsend, I., Fellowes, M. and Cook, J. (2013), 'Thorn-dwelling ants provide antiherbivore defence for camelthorn trees, Vachellia erioloba, in Namibia', African Journal of Ecology, vol 51, no 4 , pp 590 - 598.
  • Campbell, H., Fellowes, M. and Cook, J. (2013), 'Arboreal thorn-dwelling ants coexisting on the savannah ant-plant, Vachellia erioloba, use domatia morphology to select nest sites', Insectes Sociaux, vol 60, no 3 , pp 373 - 382.
  • Segar, S., Lopez-Vaamonde, C., Rasplus, J. and Cook, J. (2012), 'The global phylogeny of the subfamily Sycoryctinae (Pteromalidae) : parasites of an obligate mutualism', Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol 65, no 1 , pp 116 - 125.
  • Segar, S. and Cook, J. (2012), 'The dominant exploiters of the fig/pollinator mutualism vary across continents, but their costs fall consistently on the male reproductive function of figs', Ecological Entomology, vol 37, no 5 , pp 342 - 349.
  • Yang, C., Xiao, J., Niu, L., Ma, G., Cook, J., Bian, S., Fu, Y. and Huang, D. (2012), 'Chaos of Wolbachia sequences inside the compact fig syconia of Ficus benjamina (Ficus: Moraceae)', PLoS One, vol 7, no 11 .
  • Oliver, T., Leather, S. and Cook, J. (2012), 'Ant larval demand reduces aphid colony growth rates in an ant-aphid interaction', Insects, vol 3, no 1 , pp 120 - 130.
  • al Beidh, S., Dunn, D. and Cook, J. (2012), 'Spatial stratification of internally and externally non-pollinating gig wasps and their effects on pollinator and seed abundance in Ficus burkei', ISRN Zoology, vol 2012 .
  • Al-Beidh, S., Dunn, D., Power, S. and Cook, J. (2012), 'Parasites and mutualism function : measuring enemy-free space in a fig-pollinator symbiosis', Oikos, vol 121, no 11 , pp 1833 - 1839.
  • Von Zum Hof, J., Schonrogge, K., Cook, J. and Gardner, M. (2012), 'Development of microsatellite markers using 454 sequencing for the rare socially parasitic hoverfly, Microdon mutabilis', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol 60, no 2 , pp 108 - 110.
  • Cruaud, A., R?nsted, N., Chantarasuwan, B., Chou, L., Clement, W., Couloux, A., Cousins, B., Genson, G., Harrison, R., Hanson, P., Hossaert-McKey, M., Jabbour-Zahab, R., Jousselin, E., Kerdelhue, C., Kjellberg, F., Lopez-Vaamonde, C., Peebles, J., Peng, Y., Pereira, R., Schramm, T., Ubaidillah, R., Van Noort, S., Weiblen, G., Yang, D., Yodpinyanee, A., Libeskind-Hadas, R., Cook, J., Rasplus, J. and Savolainen, V. (2012), 'An extreme case of plant-insect co-diversification : figs and fig-pollinating wasps', Systematic Biology, vol 61, no 6 , pp 1029 - 1047.
  • Xiao, J., Wang, N., Murphy, R., Cook, J., Jia, L. and Huang, D. (2012), 'Wolbachia infection and dramatic intraspecific mitochondrial DNA divergence in a fig wasp', Evolution, vol 66, no 6 , pp 1907 - 1916.
  • Dunn, D., Jansen-Gonzalez, S., Cook, J., Yu, D. and Pereira, R. (2011), 'Measuring the discrepancy between fecundity and lifetime reproductive success in a pollinating fig wasp', Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, vol 140, no 3 , pp 218 - 225.
  • Sun, X., Xiao, J., Cook, J., Feng, G. and Huang, D. (2011), 'Comparisons of host mitochondrial, nuclear and endosymbiont bacterial genes reveal cryptic fig wasp species and the effects of Wolbachia on host mtDNA evolution and diversity', Bmc Evolutionary Biology, vol 11 .
  • Cook, J. and Segar, S. (2010), 'Speciation in fig wasps', Ecological Entomology, vol 35, no S1 , pp 54 - 66.
  • Chen, L., Cook, J., Xiao, J., Hu, H., Niu, L. and Huang, D. (2010), 'High incidences and similar patterns of Wolbachia infection in fig wasp communities from three different continents', Insect Science, vol 17, no 2 , pp 101 - 111.
  • Bailey, R., Schonrogge, K., Cook, J., Melika, G., Csoka, G., Thuroczy, C. and Stone, G. (2009), 'Host niches and defensive extended phenotypes structure parasitoid wasp communities', PLoS Biology, vol 7, no 8 .
  • Bouteiller-Reuter, C., Hale, M. and Cook, J. (2009), 'Characterization of microsatellite markers for Sycoscapter nonpollinating fig wasps', Molecular Ecology Resources, vol 9, no 3 , pp 832 - 835.
  • Delgado, A. and Cook, J. (2009), 'Effects of a sex-ratio distorting endosymbiont on mtDNA variation in a global insect pest', Bmc Evolutionary Biology, vol 9, no 1 .
  • Lopez-Vaamonde, C., Wikstrom, N., Kjer, K., Weiblen, G., Rasplus, J., Machado, C. and Cook, J. (2009), 'Molecular dating and biogeography of fig-pollinating wasps', Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol 52, no 3 , pp 715 - 726.
  • Moore, J., Obbard, D., Reuter, C., West, S. and Cook, J. (2009), 'Male morphology and dishonest signalling in a fig wasp', Animal Behaviour, vol 78, no 1 , pp 147 - 153.
  • Oliver, T., Leather, S. and Cook, J. (2009), 'Tolerance traits and the stability of mutualism', Oikos, vol 118, no 3 , pp 346 - 352.
  • Stone, G., Hernandez-Lopez, A., Nicholls, J., Pierro, E., Pujade-Villar, J., Melika, G. and Cook, J. (2009), 'Extreme host plant conservatism during at least 20 million years of host plant pursuit by oak gallwasps', Evolution, vol 63, no 4 , pp 854 - 869.
  • Wang, R., Ridley, J., Dunn, D., Cook, J. and Yu, D. (2009), 'Interference competition and high temperatures reduce the virulence of fig wasps and stabilize a fig-wasp mutualism', PLoS One, vol 4 , pp 7802 - .
  • Dunn, D., Ridley, J., Yu, D. and Cook, J. (2008), 'Longevity, early emergence, and body size in a pollinating fig wasp - implications for stability in a fig-pollinator mutualism', Journal of Animal Ecology, vol 77, no 5 , pp 927 - 935.
  • Dunn, D., Segar, S., Ridley, J., Chan, R., Crozier, R., Yu, D. and Cook, J. (2008), 'A role for parasites in stabilising the fig-pollinator mutualism', PLoS Biology, vol 6, no March , pp 490 - 496.
  • Jia, X., Yao, J., Chen, Y., Cook, J. and Crozier, R. (2008), 'The phenology and potential for self-pollination of two Australian monoecious fig species.', Symbiosis, vol 45, no 1/3 , pp 91 - 96.
  • Moore, J., Obbard, D., Reuter, C., West, S. and Cook, J. (2008), 'Fighting strategies in two species of fig wasp', Animal Behaviour, vol 76, no 2 , pp 315 - 322.
  • Oliver, T., Jones, I., Cook, J. and Leather, S. (2008), 'Avoidance responses of an aphidophagous ladybird, Adalia bipunctata, to aphid-tending ants', Ecological Entomology, vol 33, no 4 , pp 523 - 528.
  • Oliver, T., Leather, S. and Cook, J. (2008), 'Macroevolutionary patterns in the origin of mutualisms involving ants', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol 21, no 6 , pp 1597 - 1608.
  • Oliver, T., Pettitt, T., Leather, S. and Cook, J. (2008), 'Numerical abundance of invasive ants and monopolisation of exudate-producing resources - a chicken and egg situation', Insect Conservation & Diversity, vol 1, no 4 , pp 208 - 214.
  • Ronsted, N., Savolainen, V., Weiblen, G. and Cook, J. (2008), 'Phylogeny, biogeography, and ecology of Ficus section Malvanthera (Moraceae).', Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol 48, no 1 , pp 12 - 22.
  • Crozier, Y., Cheng, X., Yao, J., Field, A., Cook, J. and Crozier, R. (2007), 'Microsatellite primers for Ficus racemosa and Ficus rubiginosa', Molecular Ecology Notes, vol 7, no 1 , pp 57 - 59.
  • Haine, E., Martin, J. and Cook, J. (2007), 'Diverse Mariner-like elements in fig wasps.', Insect Molecular Biology, vol 16, no 6 , pp 743 - 752.
  • Oliver, T., Cook, J. and Leather, S. (2007), 'When are ant-attractant devices a worthwhile investment? Vicia faba extrafloral nectaries and Lasius niger ants', Population Ecology, vol 49, no 3 , pp 265 - 273.
  • Oliver, T., Mashanova, A., Leather, S., Cook, J. and Jansen, V. (2007), 'Ant semiochemicals limit apterous aphid dispersal', Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, vol 274, no 1629 , pp 3127 - 3131.
  • Haine, E., Martin, J. and Cook, J. (2006), 'Deep mtDNA divergences indicate cryptic species in fig-pollinating wasps', BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol 6, no 83 .
  • Cook, J. and Bean, D. (2006), 'Cryptic male dimorphism and fighting behaviour', Animal Behaviour, vol 71, no 5 , pp 1095 - 1101.
  • Lopez-Vaamonde, C., Wikstrom, C., Labandeira, C., Goodman, S., Godfray, H. and Cook, J. (2006), 'Fossil-calibrated molecular phylogenies reveal that leaf-mining moths radiated several million years after their host plants', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol 19, no 4 , pp 1314 - 1324.
  • Cook, J. and West, S. (2005), 'Figs and fig wasps', Current Biology, vol 15, no 24 , pp 978 - 980.
  • Lopez-Vaamonde, C., Godfray, H., West, S. and Cook, J. (2005), 'Evolutionary dynamics of host use and sex allocation in Achrysocharoides parasitoids', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol 18, no 4 , pp 1029 - 1041.
  • Haine, E. and Cook, J. (2005), 'Evidence from three genes for horizontal transfer of Wolbachia in Drosophila-parasitoid communities', Ecological Entomology, vol 30, no 4 , pp 464 - 472.
  • Haine, E. and Cook, J. (2005), 'Convergent incidences of Wolbachia infection in fig wasp communities from two continents', Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, vol 272 , pp 421 - 429.
  • Ronsted, N., Weiblen, G., Machado, C., Cook, J. and Savolainen, V. (2005), '60 million years of co-cladogenesis in the fig-pollinator symbiosis', Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, vol 272, no 1581 , pp 2593 - 2599.
  • Cook, J., Bean, D., Power, S. and Dixon, D. (2004), 'Evolution of a complex coevolved trait: active pollination in a genus of fig wasps.', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol 17 , pp 238 - 246.
  • Yu, D., Ridley, J., Jousselin, E., Herre, E., Compton, S., Cook, J., Moore, J. and Weiblen, G. (2004), 'Oviposition strategies, host coercion, and the stable exploitation of figs by wasps', Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, vol 271, no 1544 , pp 1185 - 1195.
  • Cook, J., Bean, D. and Power, S. (1999), 'Fatal fighting in fig wasps : GBH in time and space', Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol 14, no 7 , pp 257 - 259.

Conference Papers

  • Cook, J. and Power, S. (1996), 'Effects of within-tree flowering asynchrony on the dynamics of seed and wasp production in an Australian fig species', International Symposium on Fig Biology, Bergen, Norway.

Current Projects

Title: Future Food Systems [Via UNSW]
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (CRC)
Western Researchers: Ian Anderson, David Tissue, Priti Krishna, Zhonghua Chen, Oula Ghannoum, Chris Cazzonelli, Mitchell Low, Chun Guang Li, Donald Mcneill and James Cook
Years: 2019-06-30 - 2029-06-01
ID: P00025995
Title: Healthy bee populations for sustainable pollination in horticulture
  • Bayer Australia Limited
  • Syngenta Australia Pty Ltd
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: James Cook, Markus Riegler, Robert Spooner-Hart, Sally Power, Paul Rymer, Ian Anderson, Brajesh Singh and Catriona Macdonald
Years: 2016-06-27 - 2022-08-30
ID: P00023560
Title: Bee Pollination Projects - Syngenta
  • Syngenta Australia Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: James Cook
Years: 2018-11-06 - 2022-08-30
ID: P00025363
Title: Managing Flies for Crop Pollinators [via Western Australian Agricultural Authority]
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia (ACRG)
Western Researchers: James Cook, Markus Riegler, Nisha Rakhesh and Jon Finch
Years: 2019-05-06 - 2023-09-15
ID: P00026035
Title: Harnessing next generation DNA sequencing to explore whether honeybees providing crop pollination services benefit from floral resource plantings [Lea Hannah]
  • Australian Academy of Science
Western Researchers: James Cook
Years: 2021-03-01 - 2022-03-01
ID: P00027351
Title: Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation [via Macquarie Uni]
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Markus Riegler, James Cook and Alexie Papanicolaou
Years: 2016-06-27 - 2022-06-26
ID: P00022804
Title: Stingless Bees as Effective Managed Pollinators for Australian Horticulture
  • Syngenta Australia Pty Ltd
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia (ACRG)
  • Olam Orchards Australia Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: James Cook, Robert Spooner-Hart, Markus Riegler, Ian Anderson, Brajesh Singh, David Tissue and Sally Power
Years: 2017-10-02 - 2022-08-30
ID: P00024544
Title: Decoding audio-visual honeybee hive signals for waggle dance detection and hive health monitoring
  • Eva Crane Trust
Western Researchers: James Makinson, Ying Xu, Saeed Afshar and James Cook
Years: 2021-02-01 - 2021-12-31
ID: P00026952
Title: Port Augusta QFly SIT factory pilot operation
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Markus Riegler, James Cook and Ian Anderson
Years: 2019-04-01 - 2023-06-01
ID: P00025880

Previous Projects

Title: Moreton Bay fig: distribution of native genetic variation and threats from cultivation
  • Australian Flora Foundation Incorporated
Western Researchers: Paul Rymer, James Cook and Jane Degabriel
Years: 2014-10-17 - 2020-11-30
ID: P00022051
Title: Psyllid-induced dieback of Grey Box (Eucalyptus moluccana) on the Cumberland Plain
  • NSW Environmental Trust (non ACRG)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
Western Researchers: Markus Riegler, James Cook, Ben Moore and Paul Rymer
Years: 2013-06-26 - 2017-01-31
ID: P00021691
Title: Shopping for tenants: does co-evolutionary addiction and symbiont meltdown leave jumping plant lice in need of new microbial partners?
  • Hermon Slade Foundation
Western Researchers: Markus Riegler and James Cook
Years: 2012-07-01 - 2016-02-29
ID: P00020859
Title: Accounting for Biodiversity and Carbon in golf courses within the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment area (ABC-golf)
  • Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority
  • Department of Trade and Investment Regional Infrastructure and Services
Western Researchers: Sally Power, Catriona Macdonald, Brajesh Singh and James Cook
Years: 2013-06-25 - 2015-06-26
ID: P00021664
Title: Ecoregional planting guide for agroecosystems in the Blue Mountains
  • Wheen Bee Foundation
Western Researchers: James Cook, Sally Power and Amy-Marie Gilpin
Years: 2020-09-01 - 2020-12-15
ID: P00026744
Title: Understanding native orchard pollinators: foraging behaviour, pollination efficiency, phylogenetic diversity, and the natural history of an allodapine bee - Olivia Bernauer
  • University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury Foundation Limited
Western Researchers: James Cook and Simon Tierney
Years: 2019-07-01 - 2021-10-31
ID: P00025948
Title: Testing the potential of Incompatible Insect Technique (IIT) for a haplodiploid insect species, Kelly's Citrus Thrips, a significant citrus pest originating from Australia and invasive in New Zealand
  • The Australia and Pacific Science Foundation (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Markus Riegler and James Cook
Years: 2016-07-01 - 2019-12-31
ID: P00023301


Professor Cook is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Ecology and Evolution of Fig-Pollinator-Parasite Interactions
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