John Majoris

PhD Student (2010 – 2017)

  • Title PhD Student
    (2010 – 2017)
  • Office 2
  • Education BA, Florida Institute of Technology

Originally from Pennsylvania, John received his B.S. in Marine Biology and Aquaculture from the Florida Institute of Technology. At FIT, he developed an interest in the behavioral capabilities of larval reef fish. In the Buston and Atema Labs at BU, he developed a rearing protocol for two species of neon gobies, Elacatinus lori and Elacatinus colini, and he conducted a variety of lab and field based experiments to determine their swimming and orientation abilities throughout development. His research interests include animal behavior, sensory ecology and phenotypic plasticity. On leaving the lab, in January 2019, John started a postdoc position with Mike Berumen at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

Lab Publications (Google Scholar Profile)

Majoris, J. D, Catalano, K. U, Scolaro, D. U, Atema, J. & Buston, P. (2019) Ontogeny of larval swimming abilities in three species of coral reef fishes and a hypothesis for their impact on the spatial scale of dispersal. Marine Biology 169: 159.

Chaput, R. D, Majoris, J. E. P, Buston, P. M. & Paris, C. (2019) Hydrodynamic and biological constraints on group cohesion of plankton. Journal of Theoretical Biology 482  (2019) 109987.

Reed, C. U, Branconi, R. D, Majoris, J. E. P, Johnson, C. & Buston, P. (2019) Competitive growth in a social fish. Royal Society, Biology Letters 15: 20180737.

Hu, Y. P, Majoris, J. E. D, Buston, P. M. & Webb, J. F. (2019) Potential roles of smell and taste in the orientation behavior of coral reef fish larvae: insights from morphology. Journal of Fish Biology 95: 311-323.

Majoris, J. E. D, D’Aloia, C. D, Francis, R. U & Buston, P. (2018) Differential persistence favors habitat preferences that determine the distribution of a reef fish. Behavioral Ecology 29: 429-439.

Majoris, J. E. D, Francisco, F. A. U, Atema, J. & Buston, P. M. (2018) Reproduction, early development, and larval rearing strategies for two sponge-dwelling neon gobies Elacatinus lori and Elacatinus colini. Aquaculture 483: 286-295.

D’Aloia, C. C. D, Bogdanowicz, S. M., Francis, R. K. U, Majoris, J. D, Harrison, R. G. & Buston, P. (2015) Patterns, causes and consequences of marine larval dispersal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 112: 13940-13945.

D’Aloia, C. C. D, Bogdanowicz, S. M., Majoris, J. E. D, Harrison, R. G. & Buston, P. M. (2013) Self-recruitment in a Caribbean reef fish: a new method for approximating dispersal kernels. Molecular Ecology 22: 2563-2572

D’Aloia, C. C. D, Majoris, J. E. D & Buston, P. M. (2011) Predictors of the distribution and abundance of a tube sponge and its resident goby. Coral Reefs 30: 777-786.

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