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Dr David Marshall Associate Professor, Faculty of Science

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Dr David Marshall

Associate Professor, Faculty of Science


1987: BSc Hons (Zoology) in First Class, Rhodes University, South Africa
1991: PhD (Zoology), Rhodes University

Academic positions:
2003- present: Associate Professor, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam
2001-2003: Associate Professor of Zoology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Durban-Westville (now University of KwaZulu-Natal), Durban, South Africa
2002: Chair of Zoology, UDW, Durban
1996-2000: Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology, UDW, Durban
1994-1995: Senior Lecturer, Zoology Department, University of Fort Hare, Alice
1992-1993: Chief Scientific Officer, Percy Fitz Patrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Academic awards
2002: National Research Foundation (South Africa) Rating (C1)
2001: University Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (Academic and Research achievements, University of Durban-Westville)
2000: Commonwealth Postdoctoral Fellowship, Association of Commonwealth Universities (British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK)
1997: National Research Foundation (NRF) Rating (C3)
1987: Academic Colours Award (Rhodes University)

2001-2002 - Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research (SCOR) - Member of the South African National Committee
2001: National Research Foundation Evaluation Panel
2001: Joint Venture Advisory Committee (National Research Foundation)
1995-2002: Member of the Zoological Society of Southern Africa
1995-1998: Member of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa


Marine invertbrate physiology
Climate change biology
Marine community ecology


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1. Proum, S., Santos, J.H., Lim, L.H. & Marshall, D.J. (2016). Metal accumulation in the tissues and shells of Indothais gradata snails inhabiting soft and hard substrata in an acidified tropical estuary (Brunei, South East Asia). Regional Studies in Marine Science doi:10.1016/j.rsma.2016.03.010.
2. Marshall, D.J., Baharuddin, N., Rezende, E. & Helmuth, B. (2016). Thermal tolerance and climate warming sensitivity in tropical snails. Ecology and Evolution , 5, 5905-5919.
3. Verberk, W.C.E.P., Bartolini, F., Marshall, D.J., Portner, H-O., Terblanche, J.S., White, C.R. & Giomi, F. (2016). Can respiratory physiology predict thermal niches? Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1111/nyas.12876.
4. Sinclair, B.J., Marshall, K.E., Sewell, M.A., Levesque, D.L., Willet, C.S., Slotsbo, S. Dong, Y, Harley, C.D.G., Marshall, D.J., Helmuth, B.S., Huey, R.B. (2016). Can we predict ectotherm responses to climate change using thermal performance curves and body temperatures? Ecology Letters, 19, 1372-1385.
5. Ng, T.P.T., Lau, S.L.Y., Seuront, L., Davies, M.S., Stafford, R. Marshall, D.J. & Williams, G.A. (2017). Linking behaviour and climate change in intertidal ectotherms: insights from littorinid snails. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology (in press).


1. Marshall, D.J., Dong, Y-W., Williams G.A. & McQuaid C.D. (2011). Thermal adaptation in the intertidal snail Echinolittorina malaccana contradicts current theory by revealing the crucial roles of resting metabolism. Journal of Experimental Biology 214, 3649-3657.
2. Marshall, D.J. & McQuaid, C.D. (2011). Warming reduces metabolic rate in marine snails: adaptation to fluctuating high temperatures challenges the metabolic theory of ecology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278, 281-288
3. Marshall, D.J., McQuaid, C.D., Williams, G.A. (2010). Non-climatic thermal adaptation: implications for species’ responses to climate warming. Biology Letters 6, 669-673.
4. Marshall, D.J., Baharuddin, N., Rezende, E. & Helmuth, B. (2015). Thermal tolerance and climate warming sensitivity in tropical snails. Ecology and Evolution , 5, 5905-5919.
5. Marshall, D.J. & McQuaid, C.D. (1991). Metabolic rate depression by a marine pulmonate snail: preadaptation for a terrestrial existence? Oecologia 88, 274-276.


Grant type: BRC, Grant Number: UBD/GSR/S&T 16, Project Title: Chemical ecology of the Brunei estuarine system , Investigators (PI/Co-PI): Dr Lee Hoon Lim
Dr Jose Santos, Funding Details: , Start Date: 25/10/2010, End Date: 25/04/2015

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