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Bigger is better when it comes to female fish and feeding the planet

A new paper led by Centre researchers Diego Barneche, Craig White and Dustin Marshall and published in the prestigious journal Science has confirmed what field biologists have long suggested: that larger mothers reproduced disproportionately much more than smaller ones. The findings clash with current theories and the results have major implications for fisheries, the value placed on marine protected areas, the impacts of climate change and the 20% of people globally who rely on fish for protein.

Research fellow position: ecologist specialising in life history theory

The Centre for Geometric Biology is currently seeking to recruit an experienced ecologist who specialises in life history theory. This position will be with Professor Dustin Marshall and based within the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University’s Clayton Campus.

How does size affect the maintenance of a constant body temperature?

Uruguayan researchers Daniel and Hugo Naya have joined forces with the Centre’s Craig White to investigate how body mass in mammals affects the relationship between energy expenditure and climate.

Student session: Applying for a postdoc

Professors Dustin Marshall and Craig White will be speaking about their experiences as academics looking for postdocs, and we invite students and interested early career researchers to join us armed with questions about how to go about getting a postdoc, what to expect from a postdoc and ‘conversations you should have’ when starting a postdoc.

Sizing-up the impacts of fluctuating resources on body size

Martino Malerba, Maria Palacios and Dustin Marshall tested three ecological theories that differ in their predictions on how size algal cell size should mediate responses to fluctuating resources such as nitrogen and phosphorus.

Do larger individuals cope with resource fluctuations better? An artificial selection approach

Published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Conference updates 2018

Giulia Ghedini and Dustin Marshall are off to New England while Louise Solveig Nørgaard and Martino Malerba are in southern France.

On the interplay among ambient temperature, basal metabolic rate, and body mass

Published in The American Naturalist.

Causes and consequences of variation in offspring size

Dustin Marshall, Amanda Pettersen and Hayley Cameron were interested in looking at offspring size across all taxa and at different levels of organisation to see if this wider scope could help them better understand the causes and consequences of variation in offspring size.

Time to go back to school? Geometry helps predict change in ecosystem function

Humans impact the marine environment through fishing, climate change and the introduction of invasive species. Giulia Ghedini is particularly interested in understanding the impacts of such changes on the way in which communities gain and use energy.

 

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