Reproduction is perhaps the only truly unambiguous measure of fitness and yet we measure it in different ways. PhD student, Sam Ginther, is interested in the energetic costs of reproduction and wondered how feasible it would be to collate reproduction data for a wide range of species. Could he translate the existing data into a consistent and biologically relevant measure of reproductive mass per year?
Published in Global Ecology and Biogeography.
Published in Evolutionary Applications.
When biologists try to unravel deep mysteries of life, we too tend to reach for physics. But our new research shows physics may not always have the answers to questions of biology.
Published in Science.
Emily Richardson and supervisors Dustin Marshall and Craig White test Earl Werner’s theory that switching phases maximises growth rate, resulting in greater fitness for species with complex development.
Researchers from the Centre of Geometric Biology leverage Richard Lenski’s 34-year, 60,000-generation Escherichia coli evolution experiment to examine intraspecific metabolic scaling and correlations with demographic parameters.
Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).
Published in Functional Ecology.
Lukas Schuster, Craig White and Dustin Marshall investigate the relationships between metabolic rate and competitive interactions in the field.