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Byrne Lab

Research Interests

Nervous system, Embryology, climate change stressors, ocean warming, ocean acidification, evo-devo

Research Area

Byrne Lab's work in comparative evolutionary developmental biology and marine climate change has been funded by the Australian Research Council and other agencies for over 20 years. In recent years Prof Byrne’s work has involved the quantification of the impacts of climate change stressors, ocean warming and ocean acidification on fundamental biological processes including growth, physiology, development and calcification. This work investigates the responses of marine invertebrates across life stages to climate change and has involved species from the tropics to the poles. Most importantly the labile nature of development and possibility of an in-built redundancy and adaptive capacity of developmental processes in a climate change world will be crucial to the resilience of some marine species. Her current research investigates potential for climate adaptation merging here two main areas of research, evo-devo and global change.

Current Members

Byrne, Maria (Principal Investigator/Director)



Institution: University of Sydney Australia


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