Department of Biology


Brief Biography

Arthur Bos is professor of marine biology/ecology, tenure in the biology department at the School of Science and Engineering. Bos is a marine and fisheries biologist with more than 30 years of professional experience in Atlantic, Caribbean, and Indo-Pacific coral reefs, African Great Lakes and European estuaries, where he studied organisms, ecological processes, and impacts of anthropogenic activities.

Bos holds an MSc in environmental science from the Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He received his doctorate in coastal zone management and fish biology from the Hamburg University in Germany in 1999. After receiving his PhD, he was center director and faculty at the Center for Marine Resource Studies at the School for Field Studies affiliated with Boston University. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Radboud University in the Netherlands (2003 to 2006), where he worked on seagrass restoration in the Wadden Sea. Before joining AUC in August 2011, Bos was a consultant in marine ecology and fisheries for the German government and was based at the Davao del Norte State College in the Philippines since 2006.

Bos is now an associate researcher at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, scientific collaborator with FishBase and SeaLifeBase and curator for the Encyclopedia of Life.

    • Bos AR, JR Grubich, SM Sanad (2018) Growth, site fidelity and grouper interactions of the Red Sea lionfish Pterois miles (Scorpaenidae) in its native habitat. Marine Biology 165: 175 (DOI 10.1007/s00227-018-3436-6)
    • Heery EC, BW Hoeksema, NK Brown, JD Reimer, PO Ang, D Huang, DA Friess, LM Chou, LHL Loke, P Saksena-Taylor, N Alsagoff, T Yeemin, M Sutthacheep, ST Vo, AR Bos, GS Gumanao, MAS Hussein, Z Waheed, DJW Lane, O Johan, A Kunzman, J Jompa, D Taira, AG Bauman, PA Todd (2018) Urban coral reefs: degradation and resilience of hard coral assemblages in coastal cities of east and southeast Asia. Marine Pollution Bulletin 135: 654-681
    • Gumanao GS, AR Bos, JE Randall (2018) The seagrass filefish, Acreichthys tomentosus (Linnaeus), a master of camouflage. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 30: 58-72
    • Soliman A, A Amleh, SK Kafafy, AR Bos (2018) Population ecology, reproduction and locomotion of the sand dollar Sculpsitechinus auritus in the Gulf of Suez, northern Red Sea. Marine Biodiversity 48(2): 1213-1221
    • Bos AR, J Ogwang (2018) Caesio varilineata Carpenter, 1987 (Osteichthyes: Caesionidae) a new alien fish in the southeastern Mediterranean Sea. BioInvasions Records 7(4): 441-445
    • Bos AR, CHJM Fransen (2018) Nocturnal cleaning of sleeping rabbitfish, Siganus canaliculatus, by the cleaner shrimp Urocaridella antonbruunii (Decapoda: Palaemonidae). Crustacaena 91(2): 239-241
    • Pratchett M, C Caballes, J Wilmes, S Matthews, C Melin, H Sweatman, L Nadler, J Brodie, C Thompson, J Hoey, AR Bos, M Byrne, V Messmer, S Fortunato, C Chen, A Buck, R Babcock, S Uthicke (2017) Thirty year of research on the crown-of-thorns starfish (1986-2016): scientific advances and emerging opportunities. Diversity 9(41): 1-49
    • Bos AR, GS Gumanao, M Silvosa (2017) Twenty-eight additions to the length-weight and the length-length relationships of Indo-Pacific fishes from the Davao Gulf, Philippines. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 34(1): 185-189
    • Bos AR, BW Hoeksema (2017) Mushrooom corals (Fungiidae) in the Davao Gulf, Philippines, with records of associated fish and other cryptofauna. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 65: 198-206
    • Saceda-Cardoza MM, AR Bos (2017) First record of the rare anthiine Meganthias kingyo (Kon, Yoshino & Sakurai, 2000) (Serranidae) from the Philippines. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 33(4): 813-148 
    • Bos AR, AM Sanad, K Elsayed (2017) Gymnothorax spp. (Muraenidae) as natural predators of the lionfish Pterois miles in its native biogeographical range. Environmental Biology of Fishes 100(6): 745-748
    • Rodrigues M, AR Bos, P Schembri, RF de Lima, P Lymberakis, L Parpal, M Cento, S Ruette, SO Ozkurt, M Santos-Reis, J Merilä, C Fernandes (2017) Origin and introduction history of the Least Weasels (Mustela nivalis) on Mediterranean and Atlantic islands inferred from genetic data. Biological Invasions 19(1): 399–421
    • Rodrigues M, AR Bos, P Schembri, RF de Lima, P Lymberakis, L Parpal, M Cento, S Ruette, SO Ozkurt, M Santos-Reis, J Merilä, C Fernandes (2017) Erratum: Origin and introduction history of the Least Weasels (Mustela nivalis) on Mediterranean and Atlantic islands inferred from genetic data. Biological Invasions 19(1): 423–424
    • Bos AR, E Cruz-Rivera, AM Sanad (2017) Herbivorous fishes Siganus rivulatus (Siganidae) and Zebrasoma desjardinii(Acanthuridae) feed on Ctenophora and Scyphozoa in the Red Sea. Marine Biodiversity 47(1): 243–246
    • Wickel J, M Pinault, R Garnier, AR Bos (2017) The corallimorpharian Paracorynactis hoplites feeds on the sea star Choriaster granulatus in the western Indian Ocean. Marine Biodiversity 47(1): 159–160 
    • Gumanao GS, MM Saceda-Cardoza, B Mueller, AR Bos (2016) Length-weight and length-length relationships of 139 Indo-Pacific fish species from the Davao Gulf, Philippines. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 32(2): 377–385 
    • Rodrigues M, AR Bos, RC Hoath, P Schembri, P Lymberakis, M Cento, W Ghawar, SO Ozkurt, M Santos-Reis, J Merilä, C Fernandes (2016) Taxonomic status and origin of the Egyptian weasel (Mustela subpalmata) inferred from mitochondrial DNA. Genetica 144(2): 191–202 
    • Bos AR (2016) Soft corals provide microhabitat for camouflaged juveniles of the Blackspotted wrasse Macropharyngodon meleagris (Labridae). Marine Biodiversity 46(1): 299–301
    • Bos AR, BW Hoeksema (2015) Cryptobenthic fishes and co-inhabiting shrimps associated with the mushroom coral Heliofungia actiniformis (Fungiidae) in the Davao Gulf, Philippines. Environmental Biology of Fishes 98(6): 1479–1489.
    • Bos AR (2014) Upeneus nigromarginatus, a new species of goatfish (Perciformes: Mullidae) from the Philippines. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 62: 745–753
    • Grubich JR, AR Bos, MW Westneat (2014) Fish Gristle: mechanical performance of IOPM ligaments among functionally diverse jaws. Integrative and Comparative Biology 54(1): E80
    • Bos AR, GS Gumanao (2013) Seven new records of fishes (Teleostei: Perciformes) from coral reefs and pelagic habitats in Southern Mindanao, the Philippines. Marine Biodiversity Records 6(e95): 1–6
    • Bos AR, GS Gumanao, B Mueller, MM Saceda (2013) Size at maturation, sex difference, and pair density during the mating season of the Indo-Pacific beach starArchaster typicus (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) in the Philippines. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 57(2): 113–119
    • Bos AR, HM Smits (2013) First record of the dottyback Manonichthys alleni (Teleostei: Perciformes: Pseudochromidae) from the Philippines. Marine Biodiversity Records 6(e61): 1–2
    • Bos AR, GS Gumanao, B Mueller, MM Saceda-Cardoza (2013) Management of crown-of-thorns sea star (Acanthaster planci L.) outbreaks: removal success depends on reef topography and timing within the reproduction cycle. Ocean and Coastal Management 71: 116–122
    • Bos AR, GS Gumanao (2012) Lunar cycle determines availability of coral reef fishes on fish markets. Journal of Fish Biology 81(6): 2074–2079
    • Bos AR (2012) Fishes (Gobiidae and Labridae) associated with the mushroom coral Heliofungia actiniformis (Scleractinia: Fungiidae) in the Philippines. Coral Reefs 31(1): 133
    • Bos AR, GS Gumanao, MM van Katwijk, B Mueller, MM Saceda, RP Tejada (2011) Ontogenetic habitat shift, population growth, and burrowing behavior of the Indo-Pacific beach star, Archaster typicus (Echinodermata; Asteroidea). Marine Biology 158: 639–648
    • Bos AR, GS Gumanao, B Mueller (2011) Feeding biology and symbiotic relationships of the corallimorpharian Paracorynactis hoplites (Anthozoa: Hexacorallia).Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 59(2): 245–250
    • Bos AR (2011) Clownfishes Amphiprion clarkii and A. sandaracinos (Pomacentridae) coexist in the sea anemone Stichodactyla mertensii. Coral Reefs 30(2): 369
    • Bos AR, GS Gumanao, MM van Katwijk, B Mueller, MM Saceda, RP Tejada (2011) Ontogenetic habitat shift, population growth, and burrowing behavior of the Indo-Pacific beach star, Archaster typicus (Echinodermata; Asteroidea). Marine Biology 158: 639–648
    • Mueller B, AR Bos, G Graf, GS Gumanao (2011) Locomotion rates and movement patterns of four common Indo-Pacific sea stars (Echinodermata; Asteroidea). Aquatic Biology 12(2): 157–164
    • Bos AR (2010) Crown-of-thorns outbreak in the Tubbataha Reefs UNESCO World Heritage Site. Zoological Studies 49(1): 124
    • Katwijk MM van, AR Bos, DCR Hermus, W Suyckerbuyk (2010) Sediment modification by seagrass beds: muddification and sandification induced by plant cover and environmental conditions. Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science 89(2): 175–181
    • Katwijk MM van, AR Bos, P Kennis, R de Vries (2010) Vulnerability to eutrophication of a semi-annual life history: A lesson learnt from an extinct eelgrass (Zostera marina) population. Biological Conservation 143: 248–254
    • Ocaña O, JC den Hartog, A Brito, AR Bos (2010) On Pseudocorynactis species and another related genus from the Indo-Pacific (Anthozoa: Corallimorphidae). Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias XXI (3-4): 9–34
    • Katwijk MM van, AR Bos, de Jonge VN, Hanssen LSAM, Hermus DCR, de Jong DJ (2009). Guidelines for seagrass restoration: importance of habitat selection and donor population, spreading of risks, and ecosystem engineering effects. Marine Pollution Bulletin 58(2): 179–188
    • Bos AR, JCE Alipoyo, LT Cardona, GS Gumanao, FN Salac (2008) Population structure of common Indo-Pacific sea stars in the Davao Gulf. Philippine Association of Marine Science Proceedings. UPV Journal of Natural Science 13: 11–24
    • Bos AR, GS Gumanao, JCE Alipoyo, LT Cardona (2008) Population dynamics, reproduction and growth of the Indo-Pacific horned sea star, Protoreaster nodosos (Echinodermata; Asteroidea). Marine Biology 156: 55–63
    • Bos AR, GS Gumanao, FN Salac (2008) A newly discovered predator of the crown-of-thorns starfish. Coral Reefs 27(3): 581
    • Bos AR, TJ Bouma, GLJ de Kort, MM van Katwijk (2007) Ecosystem engineering by annual intertidal seagrass beds: Sediment accretion and modification. Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science 74: 344–348
    • Bos AR, MM van Katwijk (2007) Planting density, hydrodynamic exposure and mussel beds affect survival of transplanted intertidal eelgrass. Marine Ecology Progress Series 336: 121–129
    • Bos AR, C Kapasa, PAM van Zwieten (2006) Update on the bathymetry of Lake Mweru with notes on water level fluctuations. African Journal of Aquatic Sciences 31(1): 145–150
    • Bos AR, R Thiel (2006) Influence of salinity on the migration of post-larval and juvenile European flounder (Pleuronectes flesus L.) in a gradient experiment. Journal of Fish Biology 68(5): 1411–1420
    • Katwijk MM van, GW Geerling, R Rasin, R van ’t Veer, AR Bos, DCR Hermus, M van Wieringen, Z Jager, A Groeneweg, PLA Erftemeijer, T van der Heide, DJ de Jong (2006) Macrophytes in the western Wadden Sea: monitoring, invasion, transplantations, dynamics and European policy. Proceedings 11th International Scientific Wadden Sea Symposium, Esbjerg. p. 89–98
    • Bos AR, N Dankers, AH Groeneweg, DCR Hermus, Z Jager, DJ de Jong, T Smit, J de Vlas, M van Wieringen, MM van Katwijk (2005) Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) in the western Wadden Sea: Monitoring, habitat suitability model, transplantations and communication. VLIZ Special Publication 19: 95–109 
  • BIOL1010 Introduction to Life Sciences

    BIOL1011 Introductory Biology I (Lab)

    BIOL1012 Introductory Biology II (Invertebrates Module)

    BIOL1040 Essentials of Environmental Biology

    BIOL3326 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology

    BIOL3510 Ecology

    BIOL4540 Marine Ecology

    Research Interest
    • Ecology and species diversity of reef fish
    • Functioning of marine protected areas
    • Population ecology of invertebrates
    • Seagrass ecology and habitat restoration