Patrick Couper joined the Herpetology Section of the Queensland Museum in 1986 as a research assistant. He is now Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians with an active research interest in the taxonomy, ecology, biogeography and conservation of Queensland’s diverse reptile fauna.
Patrick has described 47 new reptile species, including 6 new genera. A major research focus has been leaf-tailed geckos that inhabit rainforest and rock habitats in eastern Queensland and New South Wales. His particular interest is the role of rocky landscapes (lithorefugia) in allowing rainforest lineages (both vertebrates and invertebrates) to persist in areas where rainforests no longer occur.