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Research fellow position: ecologist / evolutionary biologist

Professor Dustin Marshall is seeking an experienced ecologist / evolutionary biologist, who specialises in microalgal biology with a strong empirical background, to explore the ways in which size affects the structure and function of marine phytoplankton.

Research fellow position: marine larval biologist

Professor Dustin Marshall is seeking a marine larval biologist, with strong quantitative skills, to explore the ways in which temperature affects the energetics of development in marine invertebrates.

Cell size, genome size and the selfish gene

In one of the first tests of the ‘selfish gene’ theory, Martino Malerba, Giulia Ghedini and Dustin Marshall have found direct evidence that smaller genome size is associated with fitness benefits in a species of marine microalgae.

Genome size affects fitness in the eukaryotic alga Dunaliella tertiolecta

Published in Current Biology.

‘Oh, the places you’ll go.’ How far can marine larvae travel?

Mariana Noriega and Dustin Marshall have been working with colleagues from the United States to examine existing data to help them grasp how larval dispersal distance changes on a global scale.

Global biogeography of marine dispersal potential

Published in Nature Ecology & Evolution

What role does oxygen supply play in determining a species’ thermal tolerance?

Emily Lombardi, Candice Bywater and Craig White test the oxygen and capacity-limited thermal tolerance theory to understand how temperature affects performance.

Competition plays a part in maintaining variation in metabolic rates

We know that metabolic rate varies substantially between individuals of the same species, even after accounting for size and temperature. Amanda Pettersen investigates why.

Metabolic rate, context-dependent selection, and the competition-colonization trade-off

Published in Evolution Letters.

Lab life during lockdown

Lockdown has provided an opportunity for researchers to spend time trawling the literature for data to use in meta-analyses. Here’s an overview of what some of our lab members have been working on.

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