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.
Latest paper published in Ecology.
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 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.
Paper published in Ecology.
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.