John Hooper (marine biologist)

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John N.A. Hooper is an Australian marine biologist and writer on science. He is the current Head of Biodiversity & Geosciences Programs at the Queensland Museum.[1] His research has included studying the possible medical benefits of marine sponges, including beta blockers for heart disease, and for compounds to combat illnesses like gastro-intestinal disease and cancer.[2][3] In 2007 he was a member of the Discussion Panel On Marine Genetic Resources for the eighth annual United Nations Informal Consultative Process for Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS).[4]

Notable works[edit]

Together with Rob van Soest, Hooper co-edited the influential[2][3][5] book Systema Porifera: A Guide to the Classification of Sponges.[6] In addition, the Web of Science lists over 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals that have been cited over 1650 times, with an h-index of 24.[7] His three most-cited (>75) articles are:

  • Pettit, George R.; Chicacz, Zbigniew A.; Gao, Feng; Herald, Cherry L.; Boyd, Michael R.; Schmidt, Jean M.; Hooper, John N. A. (1993). "Antineoplastic agents. 257. Isolation and structure of spongistatin 1". Journal of Organic Chemistry. 58: 1302. doi:10.1021/jo00058a004. 
  • Pettit, G. R.; Herald, C. L.; Boyd, M. R.; Leet, J. E.; Dufresne, C.; Doubek, D. L.; Schmidt, J. M.; Cerny, R. L.; Hooper, J. N. A.; Rutzler, K. C. (1991). "Antineoplastic agents. 219. Isolation and structure of the cell growth inhibitory constituents from the western Pacific marine sponge Axinella sp". Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 34 (11): 3339–40. doi:10.1021/jm00115a027. PMID 1956053. 
  • Pettit, G. R.; Tan, R.; Gao, F.; Williams, M. D.; Doubek, D. L.; Boyd, M. R.; Schmidt, J. M.; Chapuis, J. C.; Hamel, E. (1993). ": Isolation and structure of halistatin 1 from the eastern Indian Ocean marine sponge Phakellia carteri". Journal of Organic Chemistry. 58 (9): 2538. doi:10.1021/jo00061a030. 


  1. ^ "New marine species keeping marine scientists busy". "The Science Show", Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Pawlik, Joseph (21 March 2003). "Invertebrate Zoology: Sorting Sponges". Science. 299: 1846b. doi:10.1126/science.1082916. 
  3. ^ a b Berry, Lorraine (2003). "Soaking up the limelight". Nature. 421 (6925): 791. doi:10.1038/421791a. 
  4. ^ "ICP-8 HIGHLIGHTS". Earth Negotiations Bulletin. 25 (40). 27 June 2007. 
  5. ^ Chambers, Susan (2003). "Systema porifera. A guide to the classification of sponges, edited by J.N.A. Hooper and R.W.M. Van Soest. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, Dordrecht, 2002, 1756pp. ISBN 0-306-47260-0". Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 13: 461. doi:10.1002/aqc.593. 
  6. ^ Hooper, John N.A.; Soest, R. W. M. van, eds. (2002). Systema Porifera: A Guide to the Classification of Sponges. (2 volumes) New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers/Plenum Publishers. p. 1810. ISBN 0-306-47260-0. OCLC 51000573. 
  7. ^ Web of Science, accessed 2011-02-28.

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