Phil Dustan

Professor Emeritus

Phone: 843.953.8086


Ph.D. - State University of New York

B.A. - Adelphi University

Research Interests

Ecology, vitality, and conservation of reef-building corals. Remote sensing and change detection in coral reefs communities. The impact of urbanization on watershed ecology of coastal waters.

Courses Taught

BIO 341: General Ecology
BIO 502
: Special Topics in Marine Biology
Special Topics
: Biology of Coral Reefs


Dustan P. 2018. The “developing” landscape of Johns Island. Preservation Progress Vol 62:2 pp6-9.

Dustan, P., B. Chapentier, L. Wheeler, and J.C. Lang, 2018. A short report on the changing ecology of the pinnacle reefs. of Discovery Bay, Jamaica;1970’s to 2018., 2018 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium.

Dustan P. and J.C. Lang 2018. Jamaica in Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems of the World, Spring Verlag Press (in press)

Suparno, N., K. Currier, C. Milner, A. Alling, and P. Dustan. Ecological changes in the coral reef communities of Indonesia’s Bali Barat National Park, 2011–2016. Atoll Research Bulletin (accepted in revision).

Dustan, P. 2016 The Decline of Caribbean Coral Reefs Sea Technology 55(12):35-39

Hass, A., M. Guibert, A. Foerschner, T. Co, S. Calhoun, E. George, M. , Hatay, E. Dinsdale, S. A. Sandin, J. E. Smith, M. J.A. Vermeij, B. Felts, P. Dustan, P. Salamon, F. Rohwer. 2015. Can we measure beauty? Computational evaluation of coral reef aesthetics. Peerj doi: 10.7717/peerj. 1390 PubMed 26587350  Published November 10, 2015

Dustan, P. 2015 Caring for coral reefs is not rocket science, Nautique Nov/Dec 2015, p22

Doherty, O., C. Milner, P. Dustan, S. Campbell, S. Pardede, T. Kartawijaya and A. Alling (2013). Report on Menjangan Island’s Coral Reef: A Bali Barat National Park Marine Protected Area, Atoll Research Bulletin 599.

Dustan P, Doherty O, Pardede S. 2013. Digital Reef Rugosity Estimates Coral Reef Habitat Complexity. PLoS ONE 8(2): e57386. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0057386

Pante, E. and P. Dustan, 2012. Getting to the point: accuracy of point count in monitoring ecosystem degradation. Journal of Marine Biology (open access) Vol. 2012, Article ID 802875, 7 pages.

Dustan. P. 2009.  Terrestrial limitation of Amazon River productivity: why the Amazon River is not green. Evol. Ecol. Research, 11:1-12