While we predict that defence against infection should be energetically costly, the rate at which an individual uses and processes energy during infection has rarely been linked to the onset and severity of disease. Collaborative research will investigate whether the exposure of a model organism to a bacterial pathogen effects metabolic rates and whether any measured changes in metabolic rates can, in turn, predict the outcomes of infection.
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.