Directories - Faculty

Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Biological Science Faculty Member

Dr. Scott Burgess

  • Office: 4021 King Life Sciences
  • Office: (850) 645-9563
  • Lab: King Life Sciences
  • Lab: (850) 645-9564
  • E-mail: sburgess@bio.fsu.edu
Dr. Scott  Burgess

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D, University of Queensland, Australia, 2011
Graduate Faculty Status

Research and Professional Interests:

My research combines ecological and evolutionary principles to study the population biology of coastal marine invertebrates. I study the processes that determine how marine organisms adapt to environments that vary in space and time and why their population size and structure varies in space and time. Topics studied include larval dispersal, population connectivity, spatial population dynamics, life history evolution, adaptive phenotypic plasticity, maternal effects, and local adaptation. I typically use some combination of field and laboratory experiments, field surveys, and mathematical modeling. Please see the Lab home page for more info and publications.



Selected Publications:

Burgess SC, Sander L, and Bueno M (2019) How relatedness between mates influences reproductive success: an experimental analysis of self-fertilization and biparental inbreeding in a marine bryozoan. Ecology and Evolution 2019;0 0:1–14. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5636

Barneche DR, Burgess SC, and Marshall DJ Global environmental drivers of marine fish egg size. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 27: 890–898 [link]

Burgess SC, Snyder RE, Rountree B. Collective dispersal leads to variance in fitness and maintains offspring size variation within marine populations. The American Naturalist 191: 318–332 [link]

Edmunds PJ, Burgess SC. Colony size and turbulent flow speed modulate the calcification response of the coral Pocillopora verrucosa to temperature. Marine Biology 165: 13 [link]

Burgess SC, Ryan WH, Blackstone NW, Edmunds PJ, Hoogenboom MO, Levitan DR, Wulff JL (2017). Metabolic scaling in modular animals. Invertebrate Biology 136: 456–472  [pdf]

Burgess SC, Baskett ML, Grosberg RK, Morgan SG, Strathmann RR. (2016) When is dispersal for dispersal? Unifying marine and terrestrial perspectives. Biological Reviews 91: 867–882

Edmunds PJ, Burgess SC (2016) Size-dependent physiological responses of the branching coral Pocillopora verrucosa to elevated temperature and pCO2. Journal of Experimental Biology

Marshall DJ, Burgess SC, Connallon T (2016) Global change, life history complexity and the potential for evolutionary rescue. Evolutionary Applications 9: 1189–1201 [pdf]

Marshall DJ, Burgess SC (2015) Deconstructing environmental predictability: seasonality, environmental color, and the biogeography of marine life histories. Ecology Letters 18: 174–181

Burgess SC, Marshall DJ (2014) Adaptive parental effects: the importance of estimating environmental predictability and offspring fitness appropriately. Oikos 123: 769–776 [PDF]

Burgess SC, Nikols KJ, Griesemer C, Barnett L, Dedrick A, Sattherwaite E, Yamane L, Morgan S, White JW, Botsford LW (2014) Beyond connectivity: how empirical methods can quantify population persistence to improve marine protected area design. Ecological Applications 24: 257–270

Edmunds PJ, Burgess SC, Putnam HM, Baskett ML, Bramanti L, Fabina N, Han X, Lesser MP, Madin JS, Wall CB, Yost DM, Gates RD (2014) Evaluating the causal basis of ecological success within the Scleractinia: an Integral Projection Model approach. Marine Biology  161: 2719 – 2734

Burgess SC, Waples RS, Baskett ML (2013) Local adaptation when competition  depends on phenotypic similarity. Evolution 67: 3012–3022

Baskett ML, Burgess SC, Waples RS (2013). Assessing strategies to minimize unintended fitness consequences of aquaculture on wild populations. Evolutionary Applications 6: 1090-1108 [PDF]

Burgess SC, Bode M, Marshall DJ (2013). Costs of dispersal alter optimal offspring size in patchy habitats: combining theory and data for a marine invertebrate. Functional Ecology 27: 757-765

Burgess SC, Treml E, Marshall DJ (2012) How do dispersal costs and habitat selection influence realized connectivity? Ecology 93: 1378-1387

Burgess SC, Marshall DJ. (2011) Are numbers enough? Colonizer phenotype and abundance interact to affect population dynamics. Journal of Animal Ecology 80: 681 – 687

Burgess SC, Marshall DJ. (2011) Temperature-induced maternal effects and environmental predictability. The Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 2329 – 2336

Burgess SC, Marshall DJ (2011) Field estimates of planktonic larval duration in a marine invertebrate. Marine Ecology-Progress Series 440: 151-161

Osborne K, Dolman AM, Burgess SC, Johns KA. (2011) Disturbance and the dynamics of coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef (1995 – 2009). PLoS One 6(3): e175616. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017516 [link here]

Burgess SC, Osborne K, Caley MJ (2010) Similar regional effects among local habitats on the structure of tropical reef fish and coral communities. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19: 363 – 375

Burgess SC, Osborne K, Sfiligoj B, Sweatman H. (2010) Can juvenile corals be surveyed effectively using digital photography?: A comparison of methods. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 171: 345 – 351

Burgess SC, Hart SP, Marshall DJ (2009) Pre-settlement behavior in larval bryozoans: the roles of larval age and size. Biological Bulletin 216: 344-354 

Wilson S, Burgess SC, Cheal AJ, Emslie M, Fisher R, Miller I, Polunin NVC, Sweatman HPA (2008) Habitat utilisation by coral reef fish: implications for specialists vs. generalists in a changing environment. Journal of Animal Ecology. 77: 220-228

Fabricius K, De’ath, G, Puotinen M, Done T, Cooper T, Burgess SC (2008) Disturbance gradients on inshore and offshore coral reefs caused by a severe tropical cyclone. Limnology and Oceanography. 53: 690-704

Burgess SC, Kingsford MJ, Black KP (2007) Influence of tidal eddies and wind on the distribution of presettlement fishes around One Tree Island, Great Barrier Reef. Marine Ecology Progress Series 341: 233-242

Burgess SC (2006) Algal blooms on coral reefs with low anthropogenic impact in the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs 25: 390

Postdoctoral Associates:

Johnston, Erika

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