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The Causes and Consequences of Variation in Metabolic Rate in a Sessile Marine Invertebrate

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posted on 2020-10-20, 09:33 authored by LUKAS SCHUSTER
Metabolic rate determines the rate at which individuals transform resources from the environment into energy and use this energy to live. Within a population, metabolic rate varies among individuals, even after accounting for differences in body size, temperature, age, and sex. Although we are starting to understand the drivers and the maintenance of this variation in metabolic rate over time, its consequences for both individual- and population-level processes remain largely unclear. My work presents novel insights into how metabolic rate can affect individual performance and how such processes can scale up to affect population-level dynamics in the field.


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Principal supervisor

Dustin Marshall

Additional supervisor 1

Craig White

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Biological Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Science