Integrative Biology and Evolution of Marine and Freshwater Invertebrates

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Professor Maria Byrne - Deputy Director One Tree Island Research Station

Research in the Byrne Laboratory investigates the biology of marine and freshwater invertebrates with a focus on the Echinodermata and the Mollusca. Current projects involve species from tropical and temperate Australia. Using a multidisciplinary approach we addresses major paradigms in evolution, development and biology.

Current Research

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Head of Lab - Maria Byrne

Echinoderm Studies

  • Global Change Biology
  • Life History Evolution
  • Larval Biology
  • Speciation in Asterinid Sea Stars
  • Evolution of Maternal Provisioning in Echinoderms
  • Phylogeny and Taxonomy of Commercial Sea Cucumbers
  • Ecology of Tropical Sea Cucumbers
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Evolution of Development
  • Developmental Genetics
  • Aquaculture

Molluscan Studies

  • Global Change Biology
  • Biology and Ecology of Freshwater Mussels
  • Taxonomy and Phylogeny of the Caenogastropoda
  • Taxonomy of Pulmonate Gastropods
  • Functional Morphology and Anatomy