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In the Media

G Magazine
Maria Byrne was featured in the commentary section of G Magazine where she provided insight into an article on ocean acidification. View the article here.

Northern Star
Research done at Byrne Lab was featured in an article for the Northern Star. The article focuses on the effects of climate change on sea creatures and the knock on effect to the surrounding eco-system as a result. View the article here.

Science NOW

Science Magazine includes Byrne Lab in their News

Science Magazine includes Byrne Lab in their News

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Selected recent publications

Climate Change – Impacts on Marine Invertebrate Life Histories
Byrne, M 2011. Impact of ocean warming and ocean acidification on marine invertebrate life history stages: vulnerabilities and potential for persistence in a changing ocean. Ocean. Mar. Biol. Ann. Rev. 49 (in press).
Byrne, M., Selvakumaraswamy, P., Ho, M.A. & Nguyen, H.D. 2011. Sea urchin development in a global change hot spot, potential for southerly migration of thermotolerant propagules. Deep Sea Research II 58:712-719.
Byrne, M., Ho, M.A., Wong, E., Soars, N., Selvakumaraswamy, P., Sheppard Brennand, H., Dworjanyn, S.A. & Davis, A.R. 2011. Unshelled abalone and corrupted urchins, development of marine calcifiers in a changing ocean. Proc Roy Soc B. (in press)
Christensen, A. B. Nguyen H.D., M Byrne 2011 Thermotolerance and the effects of hypercapnia on the metabolic rate of the ophiuroid Ophionereis schayeri: inferences for survivorship in a changing ocean. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. (in press).
Byrne, M 2010. Impact of climate change stressors on marine invertebrate life histories with a focus on the Mollusca and Echinodermata. In: Climate alert: Climate change monitoring and strategy. J. Yu and A. Henderson-Sellers (eds), University of Sydney Press, Sydney. Pp. 142-185
Byrne M., Soars, N.A., Ho M.A., Wong, E., McElroy D., Selvakumaraswamy P., Dworjanyn, S.A. & Davis, A.R. 2010 Fertilization in a suite of coastal marine invertebrates from SE Australia is robust to near-future ocean warming and acidification. Mar. Biol. 157: 2061-2069
Byrne, M., Soars, N., Selvakumaraswamy, P., Dworjanyn, S.A. & Davis, A.R. 2010. Sea urchin fertilization in a warm, acidified ocean and high pCO2 ocean across a range of sperm densities. Mar. Env. Res. 69, 234-239.
Sheppard Brennand, H., Soars, N., Dworjanyn, S.A., Davis, A.R. and Byrne, M. 2010. Impact of ocean warming and ocean acidification on larval development and calcification in the sea urchin Tripneustes gratilla. PlosOne 5, e11372.
Byrne, M, Ho, M., Selvakumaraswamy, P., Ngyuen, H, Dworjanyn, S., and Davis, A. 2009 Temperature, but not pH, compromises sea urchin fertilization and early development under near-future climate change scenarios. Proc Roy Soc B. 276: 1884-1888
Przeslawski, R., Ahyong, S., Byrne, M, Wörheide, G and P. Hutchings. 2008. Beyond corals and fish: the effects of climate change on non-coral benthic invertebrates of tropical reefs. Global Change Biol 14: 2773-2795

Evolution and Development
Elia L, Cisternas P. and Byrne, M. 2010. Characterization and expression of a sea star otx orthologue (ProtxB1/2) in the larva of Paririella regularis. Gene Exp Patterns. 216: 322-334.
Cisternas, P. and Byrne, M. 2009. Expression of Hox 4 during development to the pentamerous juvenile sea star, Parvulastra exigua. Genes Devp Evol 219: 613-618.
Elia L, Selvakumaraswamy P. and Byrne M. 2009. Nervous system development in feeding and nonfeeding Asteroid larvae and the early juvenile. Biol. Bull. 216: 322-334.
Katow, H., Elia, L and Byrne,M. 2009. Development of nervous systems to metamorphosis in feeding and non-feeding echinoid larvae, the transition from bilateral to radial symmetry. Dev. Genes Evol. 219:67-77.
Morris VB, P. Selvakumaraswamy, R. Whan, and M. Byrne 2009. Development of the five primary podia from the coeloms of a sea star larva: homology with the echinoid echinoderms and other deuterostomes. Proc Roy Soc B 276: 1277-1284
Prowse TAA, Falkner, I, Sewell, MA and Byrne, M. (2009) Long-term storage lipids and developmental evolution in echinoderms. Evol. Ecol. Res. 11:1069-1083.
Soars N. A., Prowse, T.A.A. and Byrne, M. 2009. Overview of phenotypic plasticity in echinoid larvae, 'Echinopluteus transversus' type vs. typical echinoplutei. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 383: 113-125
Byrne, M., Sewell, M.A., Prowse, T.A.A. 2008. Nutritional ecology of sea urchin larvae: influence of endogenous and exogenous nutrition on echinopluteal growth and phenotypic plasticity in Tripneustes gratilla. Functional Ecology 22: 643-648
Byrne, M., Nakajima, Y., Chee F.C and Burke, R.D. 2007. Apical organs in echinoderm larvae: insights into larval evolution in the Ambulacraria. Evol and Dev 9: 432-445
Raff, R.A. and Byrne M. 2006. The active evolutionary lives of echinoderm larvae. Heredity 97: 244-252.
Byrne, M., Cisternas, P., Elia L and B. Relf. 2005. Engrailed is expressed in larval development and in the radial nervous system of the Patiriella sea stars. Dev. Genes Evol 215: 608-617.

Echinoderm Biology, Phylogeny and Ecology
Uthicke, S, Byrne, M, Conand, C. 2010. Genetic barcoding of commercial Beche-de-mer species (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea. Mol. Ecol. Res. 10: 634-646.
Byrne, M, Rowe, FW, & Uthicke, S. 2010. Molecular taxonomy, phylogeny and evolution in the family Stichopodidae (Aspidochirotida: Holothuroidea) based on COI and 16S mitochondrial DNA. Mol. Phylo. Evol. 56: 1068-1081.
Byrne, M. 2008. Echinodermata: In: The Great Barrier Reef, Biology, Environment and Management. P. Hutchings, O. Hoegh-Guldberg and M. J. Kingsford (eds) CSIRO Press 296-307.
Andrew, N.L. and M. Byrne 2007. Centrostephanus. In. J. Lawrence ed. The Biology and Ecology of Edible Urchins. Elsevier Science, Amsterdam. Pp 191-204
Uthicke, S, Schaffelke, B. and M. Byrne. 2009. A boom and bust phylum? Ecological and evolutionary consequences of large population density variations in echinoderms. Ecol. Monogr. 79: 3-24.

Mollusc Biology and Ecology
Jones HA, and Byrne M 2010. The impact of catastrophic channel change in freshwater mussels in the Hunter River system, Australia: a conservation assessment. Aquatic Conserv: Mar. Freshw. Ecosyst. 20: 18-30.
Golding, RE, Ponder WF, Byrne M 2009. Three-dimensional reconstruction of the odontophoral cartilages of Caenogastropoda (Mollusca: Gastropoda) using Micro-CT: morphology and Phylogenetic significance. J. Morphology 270: 558-587
Barbosa, S., Byrne, M. and B.P. Kelaher 2008. Bioerosion caused by the tropical chiton Anthopleura gemmata at One Tree Reef, southern Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs 27: 635-639
Brainwood, M.A., Burgin, S., Byrne, M. 2008. The impact of small and large impoundments on freshwater mussel distribution in the Hawkesbury-Nepean River, Southeastern Australia. River Research and Applications 24: 1325-1342.
Walker, K.F., M. Byrne, C.W. Hickey and D.S. Roper 2000. Freshwater mussels (Hyriidae, Unionidae) of Australasia. In: Evolutionary Biology of Freshwater Mussels (Unionoidea). G. Bauer and W. Wächtel (eds), Springer. pp. 5-31.