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Research fellow positions ×2

We are currently seeking to recruit two postdoctoral research fellows (level A, research only): an adaptive dynamics modeler and a life history empiricist.

 

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.

 

Running up that hill – how hard is it?

The Centre’s Craig White and colleague Lewis Halsey (University of Roehampton) examined the effect of body size on the energetics of going up hills, and if it changes when data is included that looks at the animal’s net cost of transport.

 

Invasive beetles travel further on longer legs

The Centre’s Craig White and colleagues Pieter Arnold and Phillip Cassey used an invasive insect species, the red flour beetle, as a model to investigate how movement characteristics related to morphological and physiological traits.

 

In the balance: competition and facilitation affected by resource availability

Congratulations to Karin Svanfeldt who recently submitted her PhD and has published some of that research in The Journal of Animal Ecology, with her supervisors, Keyne Monro and Dustin Marshall.

 

Do low oxygen environments favour invasive marine species?

Marcelo Lagos and Diego Barneche tested whether invasive species are able to maintain higher levels of aerobic metabolism under lower oxygen conditions, such as those present at artificial structures like piers, jetties and marinas.

 

Travel news

Dustin Marshall and Hayley Cameron are returning to Oxford this month to finalise a project they have been working on with Tim Coulson from the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford, as well as re-visit some favourite haunts, including the famous Eagle and Child pub and University Parks.

 

LOLinR package: a statistically robust and reproducible approach to estimating monotonic rates from biological data

Colin Olito and Diego Barneche have developed LoLinR (local linear regression): a suite of simple functions to carry out local linear regressions to estimate monotonic rates from time series data. Importantly, their methodology provides a statistically robust and reproducible approach to estimating monotonic rates from noisy time series data.

 

Do low oxygen environments facilitate marine invasions? Relative tolerance of native and invasive species to low oxygen conditions

Published in Global Change Biology.

 

Field manipulations of resources mediate the transition from intraspecific competition to facilitation

Published in Journal of Animal Ecology.

 

Selection may not act alone to determine variation in life history traits across depth gradients

Researchers Rolanda Lange, Keyne Monro and Dustin Marshall have been asking the question “why do some organisms grow, reproduce and die more quickly than others?” They are interested in understanding how variation in these basic life history traits is sustained over small spatial scales.

 

Investigating movement in the laboratory: dispersal apparatus designs and the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum

Published in Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata.

 

One hundred generations of artificially selected algae

Martino Malerba and Lucy Chapman have been experimentally evolving the green microalga Dunaliella tertiolecta in a specially designed algal lab.

 

Estimating monotonic rates from biological data using local linear regression

Published in Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

 

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