Members

Prof Dustin J Marshall
Monash University
Director

Professor Dustin Marshall is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Fellow and head of the Marine Evolutionary Ecology Group (MEEG) in the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia.

He has published more than 130 publications, is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Oikos, and an editor for invited review papers for Science, Annual Reviews, Trends in Ecology and Evolution and Current Biology. .

Dustin’s research interests focus on how variation affects the evolution and ecology of marine organisms. Currently, he is interested in using quantitative genetics approaches to understand the limits of adaptation in marine organisms and the evolution of life histories.

Prof Craig White
Monash University
Deputy Director

Professor Craig White is an evolutionary physiologist interested in describing and understanding the causes and consequences of physiological variation in animals.

Craig’s current research focuses on the evolution of periodic ventilation in insects, macrophysiological and allometric variation in the energy expenditure of animals, and the role of physiology in structuring communities.

His research group studies a range of traits, with an emphasis on body size, metabolic rate, water loss, and breathing patterns; and employs a range of approaches including manipulative experiments, comparative studies, experimental evolution, and quantitative genetic analyses. His group works chiefly on insects, but has collected physiological data for a diverse range of taxa including marine invertebrates, aquatic and terrestrial arthropods, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Prof Steven Chown
Monash University

Steven Chown is Head of the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University.

Steven is interested in the functioning of organisms and how functioning mediates their responses to the major global environmental change drivers.

His research includes macroecology, macrophysiology, invasion biology and spatial ecology. Much of it has been used to inform policy responses to the major environmental change drivers, especially in the Antarctic.

Prof Tim Coulson
The University of Oxford

Professor Tim Coulson is Professor of Zoology at Jesus College, The University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

Tim uses structured population models parameterized with data from laboratory and field systems to link ecological and evolutionary theory. He has developed mathematical models to connect population dynamics, quantitative genetics, population genetics and life history theory.

Tim is particularly interested in understanding the ecological and evolutionary impacts that environmental change has on natural systems. His research group examines how demographic rates vary across genotypes, phenotypes and environments, identifying the ecological, evolutionary and conservation consequences of this variation.

Dr Tim Connallon
Monash University

Tim is a lecturer in genetics within the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia.

Tim is interested in the intersection between evolutionary theory and data, including specific models used to explain biological observations, and similarly, how models and statistics can answer difficult questions in evolutionary biology. His research generally focuses on the evolution of sexual dimorphism, adaptation and evolutionary constraints, sex chromosome evolution, life-history tradeoffs, and the maintenance of genetic variation in populations.

Dr Jeremy Barr
Monash University

Jeremy is a lecturer and group leader in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University.

Jeremy is a bacteriophage biologist who uses experimental systems to investigate the interactions between bacteriophages, their bacterial hosts and eukaryotic cells and environments they colonise within the human body.

His main study system is the mucosal surface: a microbe-rich, protective barrier that covers the active epithelium of the body, including the gut, lung and urinary tract among other locales.

Dr Keyne Monro
Monash University

Keyne is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. She is interested in selection and evolution in changing environments.

Keyne’s lab works in the emerging, multidisciplinary field of marine evolutionary ecology.

Dr Chris Greening
Monash University

Chris is a lecturer in environmental microbiology at the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University.

Chris is dedicated to understanding how bacteria can exist in extreme environments. He’s particularly interested in understanding the metabolic basis of biodiversity of soil microorganisms and persistence of pathogenic bacteria. To do so, he adopts a transdisciplinary approach to study biological processes at all levels of organisation: from enzymes to ecosystems.

Within the Centre, Chris is interested in understanding metabolic scaling relationships within and between microorganisms. He is additionally exploring the evolutionary and ecological significance of morphological changes during bacterial persistence.

Dr Michael McDonald
Monash University

Mike is a lecturer and group leader in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University.

Mike is interested in the genetics of adaptation. His experimental approach is to grow populations of yeast (and other microbes) for 1000’s of generations in a variety of environments, observing evolution as it happens. With the tools of whole genome sequencing, statistical analysis and genetic engineering his group works towards finding rules for how new mutations and natural selection shape a better adapted organism.

Dr Matt Hall
Monash University

Matt is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) DECRA fellow and group leader in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University.

Matt’s current research investigates the evolutionary genetics of life’s big challenges: sex, death, and disease. Central to these topics is an understanding of how energy is acquired, used, or exploited throughout a host’s life. Projects include understanding why hosts differ in their capacity to be exploited by a pathogen, how differences between the sexes in their condition and energy use influence the evolution of disease, and does the energy efficiency of a host or pathogen influence its rate of spread during an invasion.

Dr Giulia Ghedini
Monash University

Giulia is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Marine Evolutionary Ecology Group, School of Biological Sciences at Monash University

Giulia is a community ecologist, interested in understanding how processes that operate across scales of biological organisation contribute to determine community dynamics.

Currently, she is using communities of marine sessile invertebrates as model systems to test for the influence of individual size, population density and the abiotic environment in determining community use of resources.

Dr Martino Malerba
Monash University

Martino is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Marine Evolutionary Ecology Group, School of Biological Sciences at Monash University

Martino is interested in species interactions, especially the mechanisms promoting coexistence in natural ecosystems.

He grows phytoplankton species in laboratory conditions to test ecological and evolutionary theories and has previously applied ecological modelling to various taxa including bacteria and reef fish.

Dr Diego Barneche
Monash University

Diego is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Marine Evolutionary Ecology Group, School of Biological Sciences at Monash University

Diego’s research focus lies in experimental and quantitative approaches that scale up energetics from individuals to populations, communities and ecosystems.

His research is centred on understanding how the relative importance of abiotic variables (temperature), properties of individuals (body size) and species (density) interplay to determine community energy flux.

Diego combines a suite of mathematical and statistical models to test predictions of metabolic theories, which will be evaluated via lab experiments using sessile marine invertebrates.

Amanda Pettersen
Monash University

Amanda is a PhD candidate interested in life-history theory, particularly the evolution of offspring size.

The allocation of maternal energy reserves towards different reproductive strategies can pose significant consequences for the fitness of both mother and offspring.

Her project integrates life-history theory with metabolic theory and tests previously unexplored mechanisms in order to explain common patterns observed regards to offspring size.

Hayley Cameron
Monash University

Hayley is a PhD candidate interested in the evolution of life-history strategies in marine invertebrates and seaweeds. Her research examines the links between maternal phenotype, offspring size and offspring fitness.

The primary aim of Hayley’s PhD project is to investigate correlations between maternal size and offspring size, focusing on why larger mothers might produce larger offspring, and whether larger mothers produce higher quality offspring.

Lukas Schuster
Monash University

Lukas is a PhD candidate interested in the evolution and ecology of physiological traits in marine invertebrates. Lukas’ project focuses on the resting metabolism of the arborescent marine bryozoan Bugula neritina.

Lukas is investigating the eco-evolutionary consequences of such an intra-specific variation in metabolic rate. His research aims to address the questions: How does selection act on resting metabolic rate in different environments? and how do intra-specific differences in resting metabolic rate affect population dynamics?

James Matcott
Monash University

James is a PhD candidate. His research examines various differences over the course of an organism’s life and the subsequent physical, behavioural, and ecological effects, when compared with other organisms.

James’ project explores how various life history modes affect adult mass-specific metabolic rates across a diversity of marine invertebrate species.

He hopes to determine whether or not there is a lasting metabolic cost or benefit associated with particular developmental modes.

Julian Beaman
Monash University

Julian is a PhD candidate with an interest in the ecological and evolutionary consequences of environmentally-induced phenotypic variation.

His PhD research focuses on the evolution of metabolic scaling and growth in the cockroach Nauphoeta cinerea. The aim of his project is to apply a quantitative genetic framework to estimate genetic and environmental sources of variation in metabolic scaling relationships and juvenile growth rates.

Lucy Chapman
Monash University
Research Assistant

Lucy is the dedicated research assistant for the Centre.

Lucy is interested in invasion ecology and how natural populations are able to adapt, both behaviourally and morphologically to species introduction.

For her honours thesis, Lucy assessed the southern commercial scallop Pecten fumatus within Port Phillip Bay to determine whether the population had successfully adapted to the newly established predator, the invasive Northern Pacific sea star, Asterias amurensis.

Lucy is assisting with a range of projects with the Centre for Geometric Biology including field and laboratory studies, and data bank collaborations.

Dr Liz Morris
Monash University
Administrations Manager

Liz is the Administrations Manager at the Centre for Geometric Biology.

Liz is responsible for administration including organising and facilitating workshops and visits from students and academics. Liz is also responsible for communicating the research interests and outputs of the Centre to a broad audience. Please get in touch with Liz if you have any general enquiries that relate to the Centre.