[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DE160100690]
Researchers Dr Andrew Black
Brief description This project aims to develop new mathematical methodology to understand the early stages of the evolution of multicellular organisms from unicellular ancestors. This is the best known example of the creation of a new level of biological organisation. However, the early stages of this transition are poorly understood, especially how early groups of cells came to possess Darwinian characteristics, which then allows natural selection to act on them. It is anticipated that the models produced will be used to give the first mechanistic account of this intrinsically stochastic, multi-level, phenomenon. This may lead to new insights into the emergence and subsequent evolution of simple multicellular life cycles and early forms of development.
Funding Amount $373,316
Funding Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award