Environmental change can profoundly alter the opportunity for selection, how it acts on phenotypes, and how they evolve in response. One of most fundamental sources of environmental change in the evolutionary history of marine invertebrates is the shifting of fertilisation from the external environment to the reproductive tract. I will explore how transitions between these modes of fertilisation have shaped the evolution of gamete phenotypes, and also how fertilisation environment continues to mediate contemporary selection on free-spawned gametes. Last, I will explore how marine populations may respond and adapt to ongoing climate change in the sea.
I did my PhD on seaweeds at The University of New South Wales, then took up a postdoctoral position at The University of Queensland. In 2012, I joined the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, before starting a Future Fellowship in 2016. My research (see also here: http://monrolab.org/) draws on the remarkably diverse life-histories of sessile marine organisms (invertebrates and seaweeds) to address fundamental questions about the evolutionary consequences of environmental change.