Research Interests

​My research focuses on addressing a fundamental question in marine ecology: how do physical and biological processes interact to shape patterns of larval dispersal and population connectivity in marine systems? To address this question, I integrate aquaculture techniques, behavioral assays, and long-term field studies. At KAUST, my research will focus on (1) developing rearing protocols for coral reef fishes, (2) describing the ontogeny of larval dispersal behaviors, and (3) investigating how larval behaviors influence patterns of dispersal and connectivity in the Red Sea. 


Selected Publications

  • Potential roles of smell and taste in the orientation behaviour of coral‐reef fish larvae: insights from morphology
    Y Hu, J.E. Majoris, P.M. Buston, J.F. Webb
    Journal of fish biology, (2018)
  • Differential persistence favors habitat preferences that determine the distribution of a reef fish
    J.E. Majoris, C.C. D’aloia, R.K. Francis, P.M. Buston
    Behavioral Ecology 29 (2), 429-439, (2018)
  • Reproduction, early development, and larval rearing strategies for two sponge-dwelling neon gobies, Elacatinus lori...
    J.E. Majoris, F.A. Francisco, J. Atema, P.M. Buston
    Aquaculture 483, 286-295, (2018)
  • Patterns, causes, and consequences of marine larval dispersal
    C.C. D’Aloia, S.M. Bogdanowicz, R.K. Francis, J.E. Majoris, R.G. Harrison, P.M. Buston
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (45), 13940-13945, (2015)
  • Self‐recruitment in a Caribbean reef fish: a method for approximating dispersal kernels accounting for seascape
    C.C. D'Aloia, S.M. Bogdanowicz, J.E. Majoris, R.G. Harrison, P.M. Buston
    Molecular ecology 22 (9), 2563-2572, (2013)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Biology, Boston University, Boston, USA, 2017
  • Dual B.S., Marine Biology and Aquaculture, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, USA, 2009 

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018: Lecturer, Boston University, Boston, USA
  • 2017-2018: Postdoctoral Associate, Boston University, Boston, USA 

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • American Fisheries Society: Early Life History Section 

Awards

  • ​2018: Oboh-Weilke Postdoctoral Travel Award, Boston University
  • 2017: Open Access Publication Grant, Dr. Junda Lin Memorial Fund, MASNA
  • 2015: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, IOS-1501651
  • 2015: First Place, Poster Presentation, Biology Graduate Student Research Symposium, Boston University
  • 2014: Travel Grant, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • 2013: Warren-Mcleod Full-Year Research Fellowship (2013 – 2014), Boston University
  • 2012: Outstanding Teaching Fellow, Boston University Marine Program, Boston University
  • 2012: Dana Wright Research Scholarship, Boston University
  • 2011: Warren-Mcleod Summer Research Fellowship, Boston University
  • 2010: Lerner-Grey Marine Research Grant, American Museum of Natural History
  • 2010: Warren-Mcleod Summer Research Fellowship, Boston University 

KAUST Affiliations

  • Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)