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  Interaction between maternal effects and thermal developmental plasticity in shaping the pace-of-life in a widespread Australian lizard

   Research School of Biology

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  Dr Daniel Noble  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Project

The Noble lab ( at the ANU is seeking expressions of interest from high-quality candidates interested in pursuing a Ph.D. exploring the links between metabolism, thermal plasticity and maternal effects in an Australian lizard. Field and lab experiments will be designed to test predictions and assumptions stemming from pace-of-life theory and the metabolic theory of ecology. There is ample flexibility for the candidate to develop and pursue their own research questions within this grand theme, but there is an expectation that the candidate will make use of broad-scale meta-analytic and comparative approaches in combination with manipulative experiments in the lab and/or field. The candidate will join a collaborative and highly interdisciplinary research team and be provided excellent training in lab and field experimentation with vertebrates, computational and statistical techniques and meta-analysis. A full list of our publications can be found here: and more details about our lab here: www.

The Division of Ecology and Evolution

The Division of Ecology and Evolution at the Australian National University (ANU) ( provides an outstanding research environment with a world-class reputation. We work hard to provide excellent supervision and we take pride in providing an atmosphere that values intellectual rigour, inclusion, mentorship and fun. Graduate research students are well supported through internal funding, including for conference travel, and our research facilities are second to none. We have a thriving community of PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows from around the world. Our graduates go on to productive careers in many areas of science and beyond.

Canberra and the ANU

The ANU campus is situated in the heart of Australia’s capital city, Canberra, which is ranked as the third best city in the world according to Lonely Planet (2018) and is Australia’s most liveable city (Life in Australia Report 2019). The ANU has an international reputation for research excellence and is ranked among the best universities in the world (QS World University Ranking 2019).

Funding Notes

Candidates: These scholarships are only open to citizens and permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand. ANU scholarships are highly competitive, and cover all fees and a ~$27K stipend. In order to be put forward, you will need outstanding undergraduate marks and a first class honours or Masters by research (or be expecting to gain one by the end of 2019) or equivalent research experience.

Expressions of interest: To send in an expression of interest, please send in a detailed CV, full academic transcripts, and a brief description of your research interests to Dr. Dan Noble ([Email Address Removed]).


Some selected recent publications:

Noble, D.W.A., Radersma, R., Uller, T. (2019) Plastic responses to novel environments are biased towards phenotype dimensions with high additive genetic variation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA,116:13452–1346.

Nakagawa, S., Samarasinghe, G., Haddaway, N.R, Westgate, M.J., O’Dea, R.E., Noble, D.W.A., Lagisz, M. (2019) Research weaving: visualizing the future of research synthesis. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 34: 224-238

Munch, K., D.W.A. Noble, L. Budd, A. Row, E. Wapstra, G. M. While (2018) Maternal presence facilitates plasticity in offspring behavior: insights into the evolution of care. Behavioral Ecology, 29:1298–1306

Noble, D.W.A., Stenhouse, V., Schwanz, L.E. (2018) Developmental temperatures and phenotypic plasticity in reptiles: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Biological Reviews, 93:72–7