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Competitive advantages of colonies: size, shape and energy

New research by Diego Barneche, Craig White and Dustin Marshall demonstrates how colonial marine organisms can be used to explore the relationship between size and metabolic rate.

 

Temperature effects on mass-scaling exponents in colonial animals: a manipulative test

Latest paper published in Ecology.

 

PhD positions ×2: the evolutionary ecology of marine heterotrophs

Two fully-funded PhD stipends are available to students interested in working on the evolutionary ecology of marine heterotrophs in the Centre for Geometric Biology.

 

Larger mothers, larger offspring

Larger larvae from the colonial bryozoan species Bugula neritina had higher survival and growth relative to smaller larvae, but when amongst siblings, smaller larvae were positively advantaged and grew as large (or even larger) than their bigger counterparts.

 

Why do larger mothers produce larger offspring? A test of classic theory

Paper published in Ecology.

 

Centre successful in latest round of research funding

A three-year grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC) will allow CGB researchers Dustin Marshall and Craig White (Monash University) and Tim Coulson (The University of Oxford) to investigate how evolutionary shifts in body size alter biological processes at three levels of biological organisation: individuals, populations and communities.  This project will help us understand the biological consequences of ongoing worldwide declines in body size in animals.

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