Bruno Buzatto

Dr, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley

    Australia

  • 421 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
20042018
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Personal profile

Biography

I am originally from Brazil, where I did my Bachelor of Science and my Master of Science degrees. I moved to Perth to start my PhD at the Centre for Evolutionary Biology (University of Western Australia) in 2009. I finished that degree in 2013, and started working as a Postdoc Research Associate at the same university. Below the details of my education and employment:

Employment

2013 – present — Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Evolutionary Biology; School of Animal Biology

Education

2009 – 2013 —PhD in Animal Science (Centre for Evolutionary Biology), School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia, Perth - Australia. Thesis title: “The evolution of male dimorphism in arthropods” Supervisors: Leigh W. Simmons and Joseph L. Tomkins.

2006 - 2008 — MSc in Ecology, Institute of Biology, Campinas State University (Unicamp), Campinas - Brazil. Thesis title: “Reproductive biology of the harvestman Acutisoma proximum (Arachnida: Opiliones): alternative mating strategies among males and maternal care by females” Supervisor: Glauco Machado.

2001 – 2005 — Licentiate in Biological Sciences, Campinas State University (Unicamp), Campinas - Brazil.

2001 – 2005 — Bachelor in Biological Sciences, Campinas State University (Unicamp), Campinas - Brazil.

Funding overview

2015 – 2017 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (AU$ 349,699) from the Australian Research Council.

2015 – 2017 Early Career Researcher Fellowship Support Program (AU$ 29,934) from the University of Western Australia.

2012 – 2013 PhD Completion Scholarship from UWA: AU$ 12,000 (five months).

2012 – ISBE Travel award: US$ 1,000.00 to attend the 14th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, in Lund – Sweden.

2012 – UWA Travel award: AU$ 1,100.00 to attend the 14th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, in Lund – Sweden.

2011 – UWA Travel award: AU$ 750.00 to attend the annual meeting of the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour, in Adelaide – Australia.

2009 – 2012 —PhD scholarships: International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, CFH & EH Jenkins Award, and IDP Student Mobility Scholarship. AU$ 30,000.00 per year (for 3.5 years).

2006 – 2007 — Master research grant from CAPES (Brazil). US$ 12,127.66 (2 years).

2003 – 2005 — Undergraduate (honours) research grant from FAPESP (Brazil). US$ 4,681 (2 years).

Research

Currently, my main research interest is male dimorphism, a phenomenon that often reflects alternative reproductive tactics among males: the large male morphs typically guard females or reproductive territories and have more elaborate weaponry; the small male morphs sneak copulations and have reduced weaponry. Male dimorphism is particularly common among arthropods, and usually results from a polyphenism: the differential expression of alternative phenotypes from a single genotype depending upon environmental conditions. I have been investigating several questions about polyphenic male dimorphism with experiments using mites, harvestmen, and dung beetles.
My interest in the evolution of alternative mating tactics and male dimorphism led me into the topic of phenotypic plasticity. Therefore, in the last 5 years, part of my research has focused on threshold traits (polyphenisms), usually from a quantitative genetics perspective.
Moreover, I am also interested in the behavioral ecology of insects and arachnids, especially their reproductive biology. My research includes the evolution of parental care, mating systems, sperm competition, and social behavior.

Languages

Portuguese
Spanish
English

Keywords

  • Allometry
  • Alternative reproductive tactics
  • Arachnids and insects mating systems
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Male dimorphism
  • Opiliones
  • Parental care
  • Sexual selection

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Projects 2015 2017

Research Output 2004 2018

  • 421 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
  • 32 Article
  • 2 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Letter
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

Population density mediates the interaction between pre- and postmating sexual selection

McCullough, E. L., Buzatto, B. A. & Simmons, L. W. 1 Apr 2018 In : Evolution. 72, 4, p. 893-905 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Population Density
sexual selection
Testis
population density
Weapons
1 Citations

A model for conditional male trimorphisms

Mark Rowland, J., Qualls, C. R. & Buzatto, B. A. 21 Apr 2017 In : Journal of Theoretical Biology. 419, p. 184-192 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Beetles
Game Theory
game theory
Game theory
quantitative genetics
1 Citations

Benefits of polyandry: Molecular evidence from field-caught dung beetles

McCullough, E. L., Buzatto, B. A. & Simmons, L. W. 1 Jul 2017 In : Molecular Ecology. 26, 13, p. 3546-3555 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

polyandry
dung beetles
Beetles
beetle
sexual selection
1 Citations

Mixed evidence for the erosion of intertactical genetic correlations through intralocus tactical conflict

Pike, K. N., Tomkins, J. L. & Buzatto, B. A. 1 Jun 2017 In : Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 30, 6, p. 1195-1204 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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dimorphism
genetic correlation
Rhizoglyphus
erosion
Rhizoglyphus echinopus
3 Citations
Open Access
File
sperm competition
Weapons
weapon
fertilization (reproduction)
Fertilization