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Rare study of a common Australian robin has global implications for genome evolution and local climate adaptation

Research into how powerhouse genes evolve and form partnerships is critical for understanding how organisms adapt their metabolism to local climates, but rare.

Biology 10 July, 2018
Resident breeder male purple-crowned fairy-wren investigating a 3D-printed model representing a male intruder in nuptial plumage in his territory. Photo credit: Laurent Lermusiaux.

The power of purple – male birds use gaudy colours to warn and defeat rivals

Male purple-crowned fairy-wrens use their purple crowns to show off about their social status and strength, according to a new study by Monash biologists published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology.

Biology 26 June, 2018
Antarctic environments are changing quickly. How this continues is up to us, as the work in Nature demonstrates. Image Credit: S.L. Chown, Monash University.

Antarctica in 2070: What future will we choose?

Choices made in the next decade will have long-term consequences for Antarctica and the globe, according to research published today in Nature.

Biology 14 June, 2018
Mitochondria

New Monash study has implications for Senate Inquiry into Mitochondrial Donation

A study led by Monash biologists has found for the first time that some mutations in mitochondrial DNA – are ‘sexually antagonistic’, that is, good for one sex, but bad for the other.

Biology 23 May, 2018
Fish School

Wrong assumptions about how organisms reproduce threatens world fisheries, study warns

An international study led by Monash marine ecologists has found that larger fish are much more important to feeding the planet than previously thought.

Biology 11 May, 2018
Clawed forelimbs

Sharp claws helped ancient seals conquer the oceans

When catching and eating large prey, top predators use tools like sharp teeth and strong claws to tear apart their food. Such weapons are common in predators on the land, but in the water, animals like seals and whales are better known for having

Biology 18 April, 2018
A school of surgeon fish spawning with predators lurking

It’s tough at the top – ‘energetics of growth’ emphasises challenges for predatory fish

A new study looking at growth patterns in fish has found that the ‘cost’ of growth is central to determining how energy moves between levels in the food chain.

Biology 3 April, 2018
Female Daphnia magna with a clutch of asexual eggs.

Sex, man flu and the water flea

Dr Matt Hall is interested in the differences between males and females. Why are some males of a species larger and stronger, while females are more hardy and long-lived? Why do they experience illness differently?

Features and Opinion 19 March, 2018
Associate Professor Robert Bryson-Richardson with the tiny zebrafish

Monash Biologist awarded international grant to investigate myofibrillar myopathy treatments

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in the USA has awarded Associate Professor Robert Bryson-Richardson around AUD$340,000 over three years to examine treatments for myofibrillar myopathy – a neuromuscular, genetic disorder which

Biology 9 March, 2018