Assistant Professor of Biology
PhD, Cornell University, 2002
Areas of Interest: animal behavior, behavioral ecology, population ecology, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics, marine ecology and biological oceanography
The Buston Lab, in conjunction with an international network of collaborators, grapples with questions at the frontiers of behavioral ecology, population ecology and marine ecology.
Most broadly, we are interested in the ecology, evolution and behavior of marine animals. To date, our research has focused on cooperation, conflict and negotiations in animal societies. Currently, we are beginning a new line of research, focused on larval dispersal and population connectivity in marine fishes.
Our research combines long-term observations of marked populations in their natural habitat, with experimental manipulations, mathematical modeling and molecular genetics. We use a hypothesis driven approach to address fundamental questions at the interface of animal behavior, population ecology and evolutionary biology.
We welcome inquiries from undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs interested in joining us to pursue independent or collaborative research in the lab.
- BI 260 Marine Biology
- BI 519 Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology
- BI 579 / 580 Progress in Ecology, Behavior, Evolution and Marine Biology
- BI 671 Research Survey in Ecology, Behavior, Evolution and Marine Biology
- D’Aloia CC, Bogdanowicz SM, Majoris JE, Harrison RG, Buston PM (2013) Self-recruitment in a Caribbean reef fish: a new method for approximating dispersal kernels. Molecular Ecology 22: 2563-2572.
- Wong MYL, Buston PM (2013) Social systems of habitat specialist reef fishes: tests of key concepts in evolutionary ecology. BioScience 63: 453-463.
- Buston PM, Jones GP, Planes S, Thorrold SR (2012) Probability of successful larval dispersal declines fivefold over 1 km in a coral reef fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 279: 1883-1888.
- Wong MYL, Fauvelot C, Planes S, Buston PM (2012) Discrete and continuous reproductive tactics in a hermaphroditic society. Animal Behavior online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.07.013
- Buston P, Elith J (2011) Determinants of reproductive success in dominant pairs of clownfish: a boosted regression tree analysis. Journal of Animal Ecology 80: 528-538.
- D’Aloia CC, Majoris JE & Buston PM (2011) Predictors of the distribution and abundance of a tube sponge and its resident goby. Coral Reefs 30: 777 - 786.
- Buston PM, Zink AG (2009) Reproductive skew and the evolution of conflict resolution: a synthesis of transactional and tug-of-war models. Behavioral Ecology 20: 672-684.
- Buston PM (2003) Size and growth modification in clownfish. Nature 424: 145-146.
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