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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.

Growing pains: time to reassess models of growth?

Dustin Marshall and Craig White suggest that it might be time to take another look at the ways we currently understand and model growth.

Have we outgrown the existing models of growth?

Published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution.

Parental environment influences the adaptive potential to global change

A new study led by Evatt Chirgwin indicates that parental environment can influence adaptation to projected increases in sea level temperatures, not only by altering the fitness of offspring but also by altering the genetic variance available to increase fitness.

How does parental environment influence the potential for adaptation to global change?

Published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Death is not the end, especially if you are a colonial organism

PhD student Karin Svanfeldt and supervisors Keyne Monro and Dustin Marshall have been using colonial bryozoans to determine how selection affects zooid longevity, and how it compares with our knowledge of modular organisms from studies on plants.

Can we predict egg size of marine fish by looking at the predictability of the environment?

The Centre’s Diego Barneche and Dustin Marshall have collaborated with Scott Burgess of Florida State University to compile a dataset of 1,078 observations of fish egg size taken from 192 studies, enabling them to test multiple life history theories, including the prediction that in environments with stable food regimes the most effective strategy to maximise reproductive rates is to produce many small eggs.

Global environmental drivers of marine fish egg size

Published in Global Ecology and Biogeography.

How does size affect the maintenance of a constant body temperature?

Uruguayan researchers Daniel and Hugo Naya have joined forces with the Centre’s Craig White to investigate how body mass in mammals affects the relationship between energy expenditure and climate.

Student session: Applying for a postdoc

Professors Dustin Marshall and Craig White will be speaking about their experiences as academics looking for postdocs, and we invite students and interested early career researchers to join us armed with questions about how to go about getting a postdoc, what to expect from a postdoc and ‘conversations you should have’ when starting a postdoc.

Resources mediate selection on module longevity in the field

Published in Evolutionary Biology.

 

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