Key Info

  • Position Title
    Research Scientist
  • Section
    Marine Research
    Australian Museum Research Institute

Email Dr Elena Kupriyanova

My research interests are centered on taxonomy, biodiversity, systematics, phylogeny, life history, reproduction, and evolution of marine invertebrates, especially of the polychaete family Serpulidae. I also worked on mollusks, fish, and terrestrial oligochaetes.


  • PhD Flinders University, Australia, 2004
  • MSc University of Arkansas, USA, 1995
  • Diploma in Biology, Moscow State University, Russia, 1990

Awards and grants

  • Friday Harbor Laboratories Fellowship, USA, July 1994, June 1996.
  • Wade Family Fellowship, Duke University Marine Laboratory, USA, June 1994
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship Fellowship and Flinders University Research Scholarship 1999-2003
  • Elaine Martin Travel Award, Flinders University of South Australia, 2001
  • Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, USA, Travel Award, 2004
  • Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Short-Term Invitation Fellowship, 2007
  • Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Long-Term Invitation Fellowship, 2008-2010
  • KAKENHI (20008766) grant-in-aid, JSPS, Japan, 2009
  • Marie Currie Fellowship, 2010 (declined)
  • Systematics Society Fund grant, 2011
  • The Australian Museum Foundation Grant, 2012
  • Australian Biological Resources Survey (ABRS) grant, 2013

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Australian Marine Science Association
  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • The Systematics Association
  • Society of Australian Systematic Biologists

Research Projects

  1. Evolution of trochophore larvae of serpulid polychaetes
    2. Revision of the genus Hydroides (Polychaeta, Serpulidae)
    3. Evolution of biomineralisation in deep-sea polychaetes
    4. Revision of invasive genera of calcareous tubeworms (Polychaeta, Serpulidae)

Selected presentations

  • 2000 - Annual meeting of the Australian Marine Science Association, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Oral presentation: "Are echinoderms and polychaetes created equal? A view of a worm fan on life histories of fan worms".2001 - The 9th International Congress on Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, Grahamstown, South Africa. Oral presentation: "Variation in sperm swimming behaviour and its effect on fertilization success in the serpulid polychaete Galeolaria caespitosa"
  • 2004 - The 8th International Polychaete Conference, Madrid, Spain. Oral presentation: "Fertilisation success in serpulid polychaete Galeolaria caespitosa: gamete characteristics, role of sperm dilution, gamete age, and contact time"
  • 2004 - The 10th International Congress on Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, Newcastle, UK. Oral presentation: "Effects of temperature on sperm swimming behaviour, respiration, and fertilisation success in the serpulid polychaete Galeolaria caespitosa"
  • 2005 – Annual Meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Diego, California, USA. Oral presentation: “Browsing through old journals: lessons learned from earlier fecundity-time models.”
  • 2007 – The 9th International Polychaete Conference, Portland, Maine, USA. Oral presentation: “Are feeding larvae always primitive? What serpulid phylogeny can tell us about metazoan life-history evolution”
  • 2010 – Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Reykjavík, Iceland. Oral presentation: “Undiscovered diversity of abyssal serpulids”
  • 2010 – The 10th International Polychaete Conference, Lecce, Italy. Oral presentation: “Phylogenetic relationships within Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) inferred from morphology and DNA sequences: a proposed new classification”
  • 2011 – The 4th International Barcoding Conference, Adelaide, Australia. Oral presentation: “CO1 barcoding of Hydroides: a road from impossible to difficult”
  • 2012 – The 10th International larval Biology Symposium, Berkeley, CA, USA. Oral presentation: "The biogeography of marine invertebrate life-histories”
  • 2012 – The 13th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand. Oral presentation: “Hadal serpulid polychaetes: calcareous tubeworms beyond the abyss”
  • 2012 – The 13th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand. Poster presentation: “Are Mesozoic shallow-water serpulids (Annelida, Polychaeta) ancestors of the Recent deep-sea fauna?”
  • 2013 - The 11th International Polychaete Conference, Sydney, Australia. Oral presentation: “Written in stone: history of serpulids through time and space”.
  • 2013 - The 11th International Polychaete Conference, Sydney, Australia. Poster presentation: "The Synonymy of Chitinopoma and Chitinopomoides with Filogranula (Serpulidae) and description of a new species".
  • 2013 - The 11th International Polychaete Conference, Sydney, Australia (4- 9 August). Oral presentation: “Cryptic sympatric species across the Australian range of the global estuarine invader, Ficopomatus enigmaticus”
  • 2015 – Australian Marine Science Association Annual Meeting, Geelong, Vic, Australia. Oral presentation “Is Hydroides brachyacanthus a widely-distributed species”
  • 2016 – The 9th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions, Sydney, Australia. Oral presentation “Understanding invasive polychaetes: integrative taxonomy to the rescue”
  • 2016 – 12th International Polychaete Conference, Cardiff, UK, 1-5 August 2016. Poster presentation: “Origin of invasive fanworm Sabella spallanzanii (Sabellidae, Annelida) in Australia and New Zealand”.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Kupriyanova, E.K. 1993. Filogranula rzhavski sp. n. (Polychaeta, Serpulidae) from the Russian Far Eastern Seas. Zoologichesky Zhurnal 72(1):142-145. (In Russian).
  2. Kupriyanova, E.K. 1993. Deep-water Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) from the Kurile-Kamchatka trench: 1. Genus Hyalopomatus. Zoologichesky Zhurnal 72(1): 145-152. (In Russian).
  3. Kupriyanova, E.K. 1993. Deep-water Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) from the Kurile-Kamchatka trench: 2. Genera Bathyditrupa, Bathyvermilia, and Protis. Zoologichesky Zhurnal 72(3): 21-28. (In Russian).
  4. Kupriyanova, E.K. 1993. Metavermilia arctica sp. n. (Serpulidae, Polychaeta) from the Arctic Ocean. Sarsia 78: 155-157.
  5. Kupriyanova, E.K. & Rzhavsky A.V. 1993. Serpula and Crucigera (Annelida, Polychaeta) of the Russian Far Eastern Seas. Ophelia 38: 47-54.
  6. Kupriyanova E.K. & Jirkov I. A. 1997. Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) of the Arctic Ocean. Sarsia 82(3): 203-236.
  7. Kupriyanova, E.K & Bailey, C.F. 1998. Disturbance effect of largemouth bass nesting on freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 13(3): 333-341.
  8. Kupriyanova, E.K. & Badyaev A.V. 1998. Ecological correlates of Arctic Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) distributions. Ophelia 49(3): 181-193.
  9. Kupriyanova, E.K. 1999. The taxonomic status of Serpula columbiana Johnson 1901 the Asian and American coasts of the North Pacific Ocean. Ophelia 50 (1): 21-34.
  10. Ozolinsh A.V. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2000. Hitchhiking on scallops: grazing avoidance by macrophytes. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 80: 743-744.
  11. Kupriyanova, E.K., E. Nishi, H.A. ten Hove, & A.V. Rzhavsky 2001. A review of life history in serpulimorph polychaetes: ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Oceanography and Marine Biology: an Annual Review 39:1-101.
  12. Kupriyanova E. K and Havenhand J. N. 2002. Variation in sperm swimming behaviour and its effect on fertilization success in the serpulid polychaete Galeolaria caespitosa. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 41: 21-26.
  13. Kupriyanova, E.K. 2003. Evolution of life history in Serpulimorph polychaetes: a phylogenetic analysis. Hydrobiologia 496: 105-114.
  14. Kupriyanova, E. K. and Havenhand, J. H. 2005. Effects of temperature on sperm swimming behaviour, respiration and fertilisation success in the serpulid polychaete Galeolaria caespitosa (Annelida: Serpulidae). Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 48: 7-17.
  15. Kupriyanova, E. K. 2006. Fertilization success in Galeolaria caespitosa (Serpulidae, Annelida): the role of sperm dilution, gamete age and contact time. Scientia Marina 70: 309-317.
  16. Kupriyanova, E. K., T.A. McDonald & Rouse, G.W. 2006. Phylogenetic relationships within Serpulidae (Annelida: Polychaeta) inferred from molecular and morphological data. Zoologica Scripta 35: 421-439.
  17. Nishi, E., Kupriyanova, E. K. & Tachikawa, H. 2007. Metavermilia ogasawaraensis sp. nov. (Serpulidae: Sabellida: Polychaeta: Annelida) from deep-sea locations off Ogasawara Island, Japan with the taxonomic review of the genus Metavermilia. Zootaxa 1447: 47-56.
  18. Kupriyanova, E. K. and G.W. Rouse. 2008. Yet another example of paraphyly in Annelida: molecular evidence that Sabellidae contains Serpulidae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46: 1174-1181.
  19. Kupriyanova, E.K., Bastida-Zavala, R., Halt, M.N., Lee, M., and Rouse, G.W. 2008. Phylogeny of the Serpula-Crucigera-Hydroides clade (Serpulidae; Annelida) using molecular and morphological data: implications for operculum evolution. Invertebrate Systematics 22: 425-437.
  20. Styan, C.A., Kupriyanova, E. K., Havenhand, J. N. 2008. Strong barriers to cross-fertilization between populations of a polychaete species are unlikely to have arisen through gametic compatibility arms-races. Evolution 62(12): 3041-3055.
  21. Link, H., E. Nishi, K. Tanaka, R. Bastida-Zavala, & E.K. Kupriyanova, T. Yamakita. 2009. Hydroides dianthus (Polychaeta: Serpulidae), an alien species introduced into Tokyo Bay, Japan. JMBA2 – Biodiversity Records 6430: 1-6.
  22. Hove, H.A. ten and Kupriyanova, E. K. 2009. Taxonomy of Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta): the state of affairs. Zootaxa 2036: 1-126.
  23. Halt, M. N. Kupriyanova, E. K., Cooper, S. J. B. & Rouse G.W. 2009. Naming species with no morphological indicators: species status of Galeolaria caespitosa (Annelida, Serpulidae) inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial gene sequences and morphology. Invertebrate Systematics 23: 205-222.
  24. Kupriyanova, E.K., ten Hove, H.A. Sket, B., Zakšek, V., Trontelj, P., and Rouse, G.W. 2009. Evolution of a unique freshwater cave-dwelling serpulid polychaete Marifugia cavatica Absolon and Hrabe, 1930. Systematics and Biodiversity 7: 389-401.
  25. Nishi, E., T. Masumoto, M. Taru, S. Nakayama, M. Kazama-Wakabayashi, M. Monju, N. Suyama, M. Aida, M. Sato, K. Tanaka and Kupriyanova E. K. 2009. Polychaete fauna and diversity around Haneda, Tokyo Bay, a result of environmental assessment of Haneda Airport enlargement construction. Proceedings of the 21th Ocean Engineering Symposium, August 6-7, 2009, OES21-191, pp. 1-8. (In Japanese with English abstract)
  26. Kupriyanova, E.K., E. Nishi, M. Kawato, and Y. Fujiwara. 2010. New records of Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) from hydrothermal vents of North Fiji, Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa 2389: 57-68.
  27. Blakemore, R.J., E.K. Kupriyanova, M.J. Grygier, 2010. Neotypification of Drawida hattamimizu Hatai, 1930 (Oligochaeta: Megadrili: Moniligastridae) and the first DNA (COI) sequences from an earthworm type, plus response to the ‘Can of worms’ theory of cryptic species. Zookeys 41: 1-29.
  28. Blakemore, R.J. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2010. Unraveling some Kinki worms (Annelida: Oligochaeta: Megadrili: Moniligastridae) - Part I. Opuscula Zoologica 41(1): 3–18.
  29. Nishi, E., J. H. Bailey-Brock, A. Souza Dos Santos, H. Tachikawa & Kupriyanova E. K.. 2010. Sabellaria isumiensis n. sp. (Annelida: Polychaeta: Sabellariidae) from shallow waters off Onjuku, Boso Peninsula, Japan, and re-description of three Indo-West Pacific sabellariid species. Zootaxa 2680: 1-25.
    Sabellaria isumiensis n. sp.
  30. Kupriyanova, E.K. and Nishi E. 2010. Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) from Patton-Murray Seamount, Gulf of Alaska, North Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa 2665: 51-68.
    Apomatus voightae n. sp.
  31. Kupriyanova E.K. 2010. Hyalopomatus mironovi. In Morineaux, M. Baker, M. Ramirez-Llodra E. and Desbruyères. D. Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent Fauna. DVD. ChEss and Ifremer.
  32. Nishi, E. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2011. Polychaete fauna of Boso Peninsula coasts and adjacent areas, with notes on polychaete type specimens deposited in Chiba Prefectural Museums. Natural History Research 9: 45-60.
  33. Kupriyanova, E.K, Bailey-Brock, J.H. and Nishi E. 2011. New records of Serpulidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) collected by R/V "Vityaz"from bathyal and abyssal depths of the Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa 2871: 43–60.
  34. Vinn, O. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2011. Evolution of dense outer protective tube layer in serpulids (Polychaeta, Annelida). Carnets de Géologie 5: 137-147.
  35. Kupriyanova, E.K. & E. Nishi. 2011. New records of the deep-sea Nogrobs grimaldii (Serpulidae: Annelida). Marine Biodiversity Records 4 (e74): 1-4.
  36. Marshall, D.J., P. J. Krug, E.K. Kupriyanova, M. Byrne, & R.B. Emlet. 2012. The Biogeography of marine invertebrate life histories. Annual Reviews of Ecology, Systematics, and Evolution 43: 97-114.
  37. Vinn, O., E. K. Kupriyanova, & S. Kiel. 2012. Systematics of serpulid tubeworms (Annelida, Polychaeta) from Cretaceous and Cenozoic hydrocarbon-seep deposits in North America and Europe. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie 265 (3): 315-325.
  38. Kupriyanova, E.K., ten Hove, H.A & E. Nishi. 2012. A taxonomic revision of the genus Pseudochitinopoma Zibrowius, 1969 (Serpulidae, Annelida) with descriptions of two new species. Zootaxa 3507: 57–78.
  39. Sun, Y., Kupriyanova, E.K. & Qiu, J. W., 2012. CO1 barcoding of Hydroides: a road from impossible to difficult. Invertebrate Systematics 26(6): 539-547.
  40. Vinn, O., Kupriyanova E. K. & S. Kiel. 2013. Serpulids (Annelida, Polychaeta) at Cretaceous to modern hydrocarbon seeps: ecological and evolutionary patterns. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 390: 35-41.
  41. Rzhavsky A.V., Kupriyanova E.K. & Sikorski A.V. 2013. Two new species of serpulid polychaetes from the Barents Sea. Fauna Norvegica 32: 27-38.
  42. Kolbasova, G. Tzetlin, A.B. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2013. Biology of Pseudopotamilla reniformis (Sabellidae) in the White Sea with a description of asexual reproduction. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 57 (4): 264-275.
  43. Kupriyanova, E.K. 2014. What do egg size distributions in marine invertebrates tell us about validity of fecundity-time models? Marine Ecology 35 (2): 249–253.
  44. Kupriyanova, E.K., Vinn O., Taylor P., J. W. Schopf, A. Kudryavtsev, Bailey-Brock, J. 2014. Serpulids living deep: calcareous tubeworms beyond the abyss. Deep-Sea Research I 90: 91-104.
  45. Kolbasova, G., Tzetlin, A.B. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2014. Chaetal loss and replacement in Pseudopotamilla reniformis (Sabellida, Annelida). Invertebrate Biology 133 (3), 261-273, 2014
  46. Ippolitov, A.P., Vinn, O. Kupriyanova, E.K. & Jäger, M. 2014. Written in stone: history of serpulid polychaetes through time. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 71: 123-160.
  47. Wong, E., Kupriyanova, E.K., Hutchings, P.A., M. Capa, V. I. Radashevsky & H.A. ten Hove. 2014. A graphically illustrated glossary to polychaete terminology: invasive species of Sabellidae, Serpulidae and Spionidae. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 71: 327-342.
  48. Kupriyanova, E.K. & Mikhin. D. Yu. 2014. Do fecundity-time models really predict extreme optimal egg sizes? Marine Ecology 35 (2): 249–253
  49. Willette, D.A., Iñiguez, A.R, Kupriyanova, E.K., Starger, C.J. Varman,,T., Toha, A.H.,., Maralit B.A. & P.H. Barber. 2015. Christmas tree worms of Indo-Pacific coral reefs: untangling the Spirobranchus corniculatus (Grube, 1862) complex. Coral Reefs 34:899–904.
  50. Sun, Y., Wong, E., ten Hove H.A, Hutchings P.A., Williamson, J. & Kupriyanova, E.K. 2015. Revision of the genus Hydroides (Serpulidae, Annelida) from Australia. Zootaxa 4009: 1-99.Kupriyanova, E. K., Sun, Y., ten Hove, H.A., Wong, E. & Rouse, G.W. 2015. Serpulidae (Annelida) of Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa Special Issue 4019: 275-353.
  51. Kupriyanova, E.K., Ippolitov, A.P. 2015. Deep-sea serpulids (Annelida: Polychaeta) in tetragonal tubes: on a tube convergence path from Mesozoic to Recent. Zootaxa 4044: 151-200.
  52. Nishi, E., Matsuo, K., Capa, M., S. Tomioka, H., E.K. Kupriyanova, Ribero, L. & Polgar, G. 2015. Sabellaria jeramae n. sp. (Annelida: Polychaeta: Sabellariidae) from shallow water of Malaysia, with a note on its reef ecosystem protection and conservation. Zootaxa 4052: 555–568.
  53. Sun, Y., Wong, E, Tovar-Hernandez, M., Williamson, J. & Kupriyanova, E.K. 2016. Is Hydroides brachyacantha (Serpulidae, Annelida) a widely-distributed species? Invertebrate Systematics 30, 41–59.
  54. Tovar-Hernandez, M.A., Villalobos, T.F. Kupriyanova, E.K. & Sun, Y. 2016. A new fouling Hydroides (Serpulidae, Sabellida, Annelida) from southern Gulf of California. Journal of Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 96 (3): 693-705.
  55. Miranda, N.A.F., Kupriyanova, E.K., Rishworth, G.M., Peer, N., Bornman, T.G. Bird, M.S. Perissinotto, R. 2016. An invasive species found in modern living analogues to ancient microbial structures: Ficopomatus enigmaticus (Fauvel, 1923) (Polychaeta; Serpulidae) in stromatolite ecosystems. Aquatic Invasions 11(3), 257-266.
  56. Kupriyanova, E.K. & P. Hutchings, P.A., Wong, E. 2016. A fully-illustrated web-based guide to distinguish native and invasive polychaetes in Australia. Management of Biological Invasions 7 (3): 305–312.
  57. Styan, C.A. McCluskey, C.F., Sun Y., Kupriyanova, E.K. 2017. Cryptic sympatric species across the Australian range of the global estuarine invader Ficopomatus enigmaticus (Serpulidae, Annelida). Aquatic Invasions 12 (1) 53–65.
  58. Read, G.B. ten Hove, H.A. Sun, Y., Kupriyanova, E.K. 2017. Hydroides Gunnerus, 1768 (Annelida: Serpulidae) is feminine: a nomenclatural checklist of updated names. Zookeys 642: 1–52.
  59. Sun, Y., Wong, E., Keppel, E., Williamson, J., Kupriyanova E.K. 2017. A global invader or a complex of regionally distributed species? Clarifying the status of an invasive calcareous tubeworm Hydroides dianthus (Verrill, 1873) using barcoding. Marine Biology 164: 28
  60. Ahyong, S.T., Kupriyanova, E.K., Burghardt, I., Sun, Y. Hutchings, P., Capa, M., Wilkins, S. 2017. Phylogeography of the invasive Mediterranean fan worm, Sabella spallanzanii (Gmelin, 1791), in Australia and New Zealand. Journal of Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom in press
  61. Nishi, E., Gil J., Tanaka, K. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2017. Notaulax yamasui sp. nov. from Okinawa and Ogasawara, Japan (Annelida: Polychaeta: Sabellidae), with notes on its ecology. Zookeys in press


  1. Rzhavsky A.V., Kupriyanova E. K.., Sikorski A.V., Dahle S. 2014. Calcareous tubeworms (Serpulidae, Polychaeta) of the Arctic Ocean. KMK Press, Moscow, 199 pp.

Book Chapters

  1. Jirkov I .A. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2001. Family Serpulidae, In: Polychaeta of the Arctic Ocean, I. A. Jirkov) Moscow Yanus-K Press, Moscow (In Russian), pp. 554-572.
  2. Rouse, G., Kupriyanova E.K., Nishi, E. 2005. Chapter 12. Sabellida In: Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Annelida (eds. G. Rouse and F. Pleijel), Science Publishers, Inc. pp. 521-56.

Popular Articles

  1. Hutchings, P.A. and Kupriyanova, E.K. 2016. Polychaete diversity at Lizard Island revealed. Australian Coral Reef Society, 45: 41-43.
  2. Hutchings, P.A. and Kupriyanova, E.K. 2016.Worms, glorious worms. The Marine Biologist, 6: 6-7. ISSN 2052-5273
  3. Hutchings, P.A. and Kupriyanova, E.K.2017. ¬Got an alien? Australian Marine Science Association Bulletin, February, p. 14.

Web Product

  1. Kupriyanova, E.K., Wong, E. & Hutchings, P.A. 2013. Invasive Polychaete Identifier – an Australian perspective. Version 1.1, 02 December 2013.