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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.

Multilevel selection on offspring size and the maintenance of variation

Published in The American Naturalist.

Female advantage to heat stress is negated by exposure to a pathogen

Tess Laidlaw and her colleagues have found that females had a higher upper limit of thermal tolerance than males but, when infected with a pathogen, this difference disappeared.

Hot spots on the X chromosome? Testing a classic theory of sexual antagonism

Filip Ruzicka and Tim Connallon challenge the theory that the X chromosome is a ‘hot spot’ for sexually antagonistic genetic polymorphism

Pathogen exposure reduces sexual dimorphism in a host’s upper thermal limits

Published in Ecology and Evolution.

Cell size influences inorganic carbon acquisition in artificially selected phytoplankton

Published in New Phytology.

Winners and losers: why developmental strategy is important in determining marine invertebrate distributions under future climate

Dustin Marshall and Mariana Álvarez-Noriega found rising ocean temperatures will impact early life stages of marine invertebrates and change the patterns in the distribution of species. Species in which mothers invest more heavily in offspring will be the biggest losers.

Projecting marine developmental diversity and connectivity in future oceans

Published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Surviving starvation: feeding is not imperative to complete larval development for the copepod Tisbe sp.

Alex Gangur and Dustin Marshall have identified a facultative feeder: a  found a small crustacean that benefits from feeding in the larval stage, but can also complete larval development without food, albeit at a developmental cost.

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