Key Info

  • Position Title
    NSW Senior Research Scientist and Research Scientist, Marine Invertebrates
  • Section
    Marine Invertebrates Collection
    Life and Geosciences
    Australian Museum Research Institute
  • ORCID iD

Email Dr Elena Kupriyanova

Dr Elena Kupriyanova is a marine zoologist whose research interests are centered on taxonomy, biodiversity, systematics, phylogeny, life history, reproduction, and evolution of marine invertebrates, especially of the polychaete family Serpulidae (calcareous tubeworms).


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

Selected fellowships and grants

  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship Fellowship and Flinders University Research Scholarship 1999-2003
  • Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Short-Term Invitation Fellowship, 2007
  • Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008-2010
  • Marie Currie Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010 (declined)
  • The Australian Museum Foundation Grant, 2012
  • Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) grant, 2013, 2018

Recent research projects

  1. Identification tool for all marine families of Annelida and the Australian abyssal fauna
  2. Biodiversity and evolution of biomineralisation in abyssal annelides
  3. World-wide revision of the genus Hydroides (Annelida, Serpulidae)
  4. Mitochondrial genomes of annelids
  5. Revision of Spirobranchus kraussii and S. tetraceros (Annelida, Serpulidae) species complexes
  6. World-wide revision of Ficopomatus (Annelida, Serpulidae), a genus of brackish-water invasive biofouling calcareous tubeworms

Selected presentations in the last 5 years

2016 – The 9th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions, Sydney, Australia. Oral presentation “Understanding invasive polychaetes: integrative taxonomy to the rescue” E. Kupriyanova

2016 – 12th International Polychaete Conference, Cardiff, UK, 1-5 August 2016. Oral presentation: “Understanding invasive polychaetes: integrative taxonomy to the rescue” E. Kupriyanova, Y. Sun, E. Wong, P. Hutchings

2016 – 12th International Polychaete Conference, Cardiff, UK, 1-5 August 2016. Oral presentation: “Mitochondrial re-arrangement in calcareous tubeworms: what do they mean?” Y. Sun, Qui, J-W., Williamson, J., Kupriyanova, E.K.

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. Hutchings, P., Sun, Y., Burghardt, I., Ahyong, S., Kupriyanova, E.K., Capa, M.

2018 – Conference on modern practices and future directions in developments of zoological collections, Moscow, October 15-16. Invited oral presentation: “Natural history collections in the genomic era: an Australian perspective. E. Kupriyanova, P. Hutchings

2018 – Conference on modern practices and future directions in developments of zoological collections, Moscow, October 15-16. Invited oral presentation: “Developing museum marine invertebrate collections, their digitization and the values of such collections: an Australian perspective” P. Hutchings, E. Kupriyanova

2018 – AMSA, Adelaide, 1-5 July, Oral presentation: “Polychaetes from Australia’s Eastern Abyss” L. Gunton, E. Kupriyanova, P. Hutchings, R. Wilson, A. Murray, H. Paxton, T. O'Hara

2018 – Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Monterey, CA, USA, 10-14 September 2018. Poster presentation. “Polychaetes from Australia’s Eastern Abyss” Laetitia Gunton, Elena Kupriyanova, Pat Hutchings, Robin Wilson, Anna Murray, Hannelore Paxton, Ingo Burghardt, Tim O'Hara

2019 13th International Polychaete Conference, Long Beach, California, USA, 4-9 August 2019. Oral presentation: New insights in diversity of deep-sea serpulid polychaetes. Elena K. Kupriyanova, Ingo Burghardt, Greg W. Rouse

2019 13th International Polychaete Conference, Long Beach, California, USA, 4-9 August 2019. Poster: A new species of the Spirobranchus kraussii complex (Annelida, Serpulidae) from the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. Samaneh Pazoki, Hassan Rahimian, Torsten H. Struck, Ahmad R. Katouzian, Elena Kupriyanova


Peer-reviewed publications in the last 5 years

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Kupriyanova, E.K., 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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: 28-1 – 28-12.
  8. Ahyong, S.T., Kupriyanova, E.K., Burghardt, I., Sun, Y. Hutchings, P., Capa, M. & Cox, 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 97: 985–971.
  9. 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 660: 1–16.
  10. Sun, Y., Al-Kandari, M., Kubal, P. Walmiki, N. & Kupriyanova, E. K. 2017. Cutting a Gordian knot of tubeworms with DNA data: the story of the Hydroides operculata-complex (Annelida, Serpulidae). Zootaxa 4323 (1): 39–48.
  11. Reid, A. L., Ahyong, S.T., Keable, S. J., Kupriyanova, E.K., Layton, K. & Miller, A.C. 2017. Lord Howe Island, marine invertebrates and the Australian Museum Expedition: preliminary report. Technical Reports of the Australian Museum 26: 9–18
  12. Hutchings, P. & Kupriyanova, E. 2018. Cosmopolitan polychaetes - fact or fiction? Personal and historical perspectives. Invertebrate Systematics 32 (1): 1–9.
  13. Liu, Y., Hutchings, P. & Kupriyanova, E.K. 2018. Two new species of Marphysa Quatrefages, 1865 (Polychaeta: Eunicida: Eunicidae) from northern coast of China and redescription for Marphysa orientalis Treadwell, 1936. Zootaxa 4377: 191–215.
  14. Perry, O, Bronstein, O., Blecher, N., Atkins, A., Kupriyanova E., ten Hove HA, Levi, O. & Fine, M. 2018. On the genus Spirobranchus (Annelida, Polychaeta, Serpulidae) from the northern Red Sea, and a description of a new species. Invertebrate Systematics 32 (3): 605–626.
  15. Sun, Y., Wong, E., Williamson, J E., Hutchings, P A. Ahyong S. T.& Kupriyanova E.K. 2018. Barcoding and multi-gene based phylogeny and biogeography of the globally distributed calcareous tubeworm genus Hydroides Gunnerus, 1768 (Annelida, Serpulidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 127: 732–745.
  16. MacIntosh, H., Althaus, F., Williams, A., Tanner, J., Alderslade, P., Ahyong, S., Criscione, F., Crowther, A., Farrelly, C., Finn, J., Goudie, L., Gowlett-Holmes, K., Hosie, A., Kupriyanova, E., Mah, C., McCallum, A., Merrin, K., Miskelly, A., Mitchell, M., Murray, A., O’Hara, T., O’Loughlin, P.M., Paxton, H., Reid, A.L., Staples, D., Walker-Smith, G., Whitfield, E., Wilson, R.S. 2018. Invertebrate diversity in the deep Great Australian Bight (300-4600 m). Marine Biodiversity Records 11: 23.
  17. Helm, C., Bok, M., Hutchings, P., Kupriyanova, E.K. & Capa, M. 2018. Developmental studies in Sabellariidae (Annelida) reveal fate and putative settlement role of the nuchal organ. BMC Evolutionary Biology 18: 149–162.
  18. Simon, C., van Niekerk, H., Burghardt, I., ten Hove, H. & Kupriyanova, E.K. 2019. Not out of Africa: Spirobranchus kraussii (Baird, 1865) is not a global fouling and invasive serpulid of Indo-Pacific origin. Aquatic Invasions 14 (2): 221–249.
  19. Zhang, J., Hutchings, P. & Kupriyanova, E. 2019. A revision of the genus Petta (Polychaeta, Pectinariidae), with two new species from the abyss of south-eastern Australia, and comments on phylogeny of the family. Zootaxa 4614 (2): 303–330.

20. Glasby, C.J., Mandario, M.A., Burghardt, I. & Kupriyanova, E.K., Gunton, L.M. & Hutchings, P.A. 2019. A new species of the Marphysa sanguinea Quatrefages, 1865 species complex (Annelida: Eunicida: Eunicidae) from the Philippines, and a key to members of the complex in Southeast Asia. Zootaxa 4674 (2): 264–282.

21. Rzhavsky, A.V. & Kupriyanova, E.K. 2019. Evolution of spirorbin brooding: a phylogenetic analysis and a test of an oxygen limitation hypothesis. Invertebrate Zoology 16(4): 409–430.

22. Palero, F., Torrado, H., Perry, O., Kupriyanova, E.K., Ulman, A., Hove, H.A. ten & Capaccioni-Azzati, R. 2020. Following the Phoenician example: Western Mediterranean colonization by Spirobranchus cf. tetraceros (Annelida: Serpulidae). Scientia Marina 84(1): 83–92.

23. Pazoki, S., Rahimian, H., Struck, T.H., Katouzian, A.R. & Kupriyanova, E.K. 2020. A new species of the Spirobranchus kraussii complex (Annelida, Serpulidae) from the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. Zootaxa. 4748 (3): 401–430.

24. Gunton, L.M., Kupriyanova, E. & Alvestad, T. 2020. Two new deep-water species of Ampharetidae (Annelida: Polychaeta) from the eastern Australian continental margin. Records of the Australian Museum 72(4): 101–121.

25. Zhang, J., Hutchings, P., Burghardt, I. & Kupriyanova, E.K. 2020. Two new species of Sabellariidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) from the abyss of eastern Australia. Zootaxa 4821 (3): 487–510.

26. O’Hara, T.D., A. Williams, S.T. Ahyong, P. Alderslade, D. Bray, A.L. Crowther, M. Ekins, M. Eléaume, C. A. Farrelly, J. K. Finn, A. Graham, M. Gomon, K. Gowlett-Holmes, L. Gunton, A. M. Hosie, P. Hutchings, E. Lejeune, F. Koehler, E. Kupriyanova, M. Mackenzie, C. Mah, H. McIntosh, K. L. Merrin, A. Miskelly, M. L. Mitchell, K. Moore, A. Murray, P. M. O’Loughlin, J. Pogonoski, H. Paxton, D. Staples, C. Untiedt, R.S. Wilson, J. Zhang & N. J. Bax. 2020. The lower bathyal and abyssal fauna of eastern Australia. Marine Biodiversity Records 13(1): 1–27.

27. Rouse, G.W. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2021. Laminatubus (Serpulidae, Annelida) from eastern Pacific hydrothermal vents and methane seeps, with description of two new species. Zootaxa 4915 (1): 1–27.

28. Gunton, LM., Kupriyanova, E., Alvestad T., Avery L., Blake, J.A., Biriukova, O., Böggemann, M., Borisova, P., Budaeva, N., Burghardt, I., Capa, M., Georgieva, M.N., Glasby C.J., Hsueh, P.–W., Hutchings, P., Jimi, N., Konsgrud, J.A., Langeneck, J. Meißner, K., Murray, A., Nikolic, M., Paxton, H., Ramos, D., Schulze, A., Sobczyk, R. Watson, C., Wiklund, H., Wilson, R., Zhadan, A. & Zhang, J. 2021. Annelids of the eastern Australian abyss collected by the 2017 RV Investigator voyage. Zookeys in press

29. Daffe, G., Sun, Y., Ahyong, S. & Kupriyanova E.K. 2021. Mitochondrial genome of Sabella spallanzanii (Sabellida: Sabellidae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B in press

Books and book chapters in the last 5 years

  1. Nishi, E., Tanaka K., Taru M., Kupriyanova E.K., Rzhavsky A.V. 2017. Chapter 5. Tubicolous Polychaetes Serpulidae and Sabellidae. In: Research Methods of Sessile Organisms. The Sessile Organisms Society of Japan, Kouseisha-Kouseikaku Corporation, Tokyo, pp. 88-102.
  2. Rzhavsky, A.V., Kupriyanova, E.K., Sikorski, A.V. 2018. Field guide to calcareous tubeworms (Polychaeta, Serpulidae) of the Arctic Ocean, KMK Press, Moscow, 184 pp.
  3. Kupriyanova, E.K., Rzhavsky, A.V., & Hove, H.A. ten. 2020. Family Serpulidae Rafinesque, 1815. Handbook of Zoology. A Natural History of the Phyla of the Animal Kingdom. Schmidt–Rhaesa, A. (ed.) De Gruyter Publishers.

Submitted publications

  1. Sun Y., Daffe, G., Zhang, Y. Qiu, J-W. & Kupriyanova E.K. Another blow to the conserved gene order in Annelida: Mitogenomics reveals extensive gene rearrangement in the tubeworm genus Hydroides (Serpulidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution Re-submitted 16 January 2021
  2. Capa M., Kupriyanova, EK., Nogueira, J. M. & Tovar-Hernández M. A. Fanworms: yesterday, today, tomorrow. Diversity Special Issue "Systematics and Biodiversity of Annelids" submitted 30 December 2020

Blogs in the last 5 years

  1. Kupriyanova, E.K., Hutchings, P.A. Worm Wizards of Oz: self-isolated, but connected. 10 June 2020
  2. Hutchings, P.A., Kupriyanova, E.K. Cosmopolitan species: do they exist? 19 March 2018
  3. Keable, S., Kupriyanova, E.K., Murray, A., McGrouther, M., Reader, S. Reid, A. Waterlogged and weary but wowed! 5 October 2017
  4. Burghardt, I., Kupriyanova, E.K., Hutchings, P., Ahyong, S. Retracing the pathways of invasive marine worms in Australia and New Zealand. 29 September 2017
  5. Reid, A., McGrouther, M., Kupriyanova, E.K., Reader, S. From somewhere in the Pacific. 4 August 2017
  6. Kupriyanova, E. Mobile-home-building tubeworm known from Labrador and Madagascar also dwells in our deep sea. Marine Biodiversity Hub. Blogging the Abyss, 11 June 2017
  7. Kupriyanova E.K. Celebrating the Australian Museum's 190th birthday island style. 4 April 2017
  8. Kupriyanova, E.K., Hutchings, P.A. How do worms know where to settle? 14 March 2017
  9. Kupriyanova, E.K., Read, G. It is a girl! 10 February 2017,