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Betsy Stoner

Lecturer, Natural and Applied Sciences
Ph.D., Florida International Univeristy, 2014
B.S., Skidmore College, 2008
Office: Jennison Hall 108 | 781.216._7106 | estoner@bentley.edu
                       


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Bio

Betsy's teaching and research interests have centered on the role that humans play in influencing aquatic and terrestrial environments, and ways we can mitigate potential effects on the environment. Classes that she currently teaches are Environmental Science and Sustainability, Science of Sustainability, Oceanography, and a field-intensive course called Biology of Cape Cod. Betsy strongly believes that teaching and research go hand-in hand, and that engaging in scientific discovery outside the classroom can be an effective teaching tool in the classroom to better inform course content. To this end, Betsy engages in active research, in which she primarily focuses on elucidating how human activities, particularly nutrient enrichment, affect the role that benthic (bottom-dwelling) species interactions have in marine and estuarine environments. Much of Betsy's research has taken her to the Caribbean (The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands), where she has studied human-driven benthic jellyfish blooms and their effects on coastal marine ecosystems. Betsy has also focused on STEM education research, working with students underrepresented in STEM to pursue research experiences, and engaging in inquiry-based experiences for non-STEM students to help advance their science literacy skills.

Teaching Interests

Environmental science and sustainability; Oceanography; Science of Sustainability; Ecology; Conservation of Coastal Marine and Estuarine Ecosystems; Biology of Cape Cod

Research Interests

Marine community & ecosystem ecology; Effects of anthropogenic activities on aquatic community dynamics; STEM education; Gelatinous zooplankton ecology; Nutrient pollution in aquatic habitats

Awards and Honors

2019, Teaching Innovation Award, Bentley University
2019, Valente Center Undergraduate Student Research Award, Valente Center, Bentley University
2019, Bentley University Research Council Grant, Bentley University
2019, Faculty Competitive Grant, Bentley University
2018, Valente Center Research Fellowship (PI for Awardee, Justine Gearin), Bentley University, Valente Center
2018, Valente Center Undergraduate Student Research Assistantship, Bentley University, Valente Center & Office of Sustainability
2018, Bentley University Competitive Faculty Summer Grant, Bentley University
2012, College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award, Florida International University
2012, Conference and Professional Development Award, Florida International University
2011, EPA STAR award, Environmental Protection Agency
2011, College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award, Florida International University
2011, Conference and Professional Development Award, Florida International University

Publications

Journal Article(s)
Iliff, S., Harris, R., Stoner, E. (2019). Effects of Chronic Pesticide Exposure on an Epibenthic Oyster Reef Community. Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Stoner, E. (2017). Nutrient inputs from an urbanized landscape may drive water quality degradation. Sustainability of Water Quality and Ecology (Volumes 9-10), 136-150.

Freeman, C. J., Stoner, E., Easson, C. G., Matterson, K. O., Baker, D. M. (2017). Variation in delta C-13 and delta N-15 values suggests a coupling of host and symbiont metabolism in the Symbiodinium-Cassiopea mutualism. MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 571, 245-251.

Freeman, C. J., Stoner, E., Easson, C. G., Matterson, K. O., Baker, D. M. (2016). Symbiont carbon and nitrogen assimilation in the Cassiopea-Symbiodinium mutualism. MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 544, 281-286.

Stoner, E., Sebilian, S. S., Layman, C. A. (2016). Comparison of zooxanthellae densities from upside-down jellyfish, Cassiopea xamachana, across coastal habitats of The Bahamas. REVISTA DE BIOLOGIA MARINA Y OCEANOGRAFIA, 51 (1), 203-208.

Yeager, L. A., Stoner, E., Peters, J. R., Layman, C. A. (2016). A terrestrial-aquatic food web subsidy is potentially mediated by multiple predator effects on an arboreal crab. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY, 475, 73-79.

Metz, J. L., Stoner, E., Arrington, D. A. (2015). COMPARISON OF SUBSTRATES FOR EASTERN OYSTER (CRASSOSTREA VIRGINICA) SPAT SETTLEMENT IN THE LOXAHATCHEE RIVER ESTUARY, FLORIDA. JOURNAL OF SHELLFISH RESEARCH, 34 (3), 861-865.

Stoner, E., Layman, C. A. (2015). Bristle worms attack: benthic jellyfish are not trophic dead ends. FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 13 (4), 226-227.

Archer, S. K., Stoner, E., Layman, C. A. (2015). A complex interaction between a sponge (Halichondria melanadocia) and a seagrass (Thalassia testudinum) in a subtropical coastal ecosystem. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY, 465, 33-40.

Stoner, E., Yeager, L. A., Sweatman, J. L., Sebilian, S. S., Layman, C. A. (2014). Modification of a seagrass community by benthic jellyfish blooms and nutrient enrichment. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY, 461, 185-192.

Yeager, L. A., Stoner, E., Zapata, M. J., Layman, C. A. (2014). Does landscape context mediate the nature of density dependence for a coral reef fish? ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, 24 (7), 1833-1841.

Layman, C. A., Allgeier, J. E., Yeager, L. A., Stoner, E. (2013). Thresholds of ecosystem response to nutrient enrichment from fish aggregations. ECOLOGY, 94 (2), 530-536.

Stoner, E., Layman, C. A., Yeager, L. A., Hassett, H. M. (2011). Effects of anthropogenic disturbance on the abundance and size of epibenthic jellyfish Cassiopea spp.. MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, 62 (5), 1109-1114.

Conference Presentations

Wilczek, E., Stoner, E. (2019). "Plastic Jellyfish? Evaluation of Microplastic Uptake by Gelatinous Zooplankton Species" Presented at the Kennesaw State University's National Council on Undergraduate Research, Kennesaw, GA.

Boyd, L., Stoner, E., Archer, S., ComerSantos, K., Heithaus, M., Whitman, E. (2017). "Effect of Holothuria arenicola on seagrass beds in Abaco, Bahamas." Presented at the North American Echinoderm Conference, Worcester, MA.

Stoner, E., Layman, C. (2016). "Bristle worms attack: benthic jellyfish are not trophic dead ends." Presented at the Bentley University's Ecological Society of America, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Stoner, E. (2015). "RiverKeeper Water Quality Monitoring Report."

Stoner, E., Sweatman, J., Sebilian, S., Layman, C. (2013). "Combined effects of anthropogenic nutrient loading and epibenthic jellyfish blooms on Bahamian seagrass beds." Presented at the Bentley University's Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, San Diego, CA.

Stoner, E., Yeager, L., Layman, C., Sebilian, S., Sweatman, J. (2013). "Combined effects of anthropogenic nutrient loading and epibenthic jellyfish blooms on Bahamian seagrass beds." Presented at the Benthic Ecology Meeting, Savannah, GA.

Stoner, E., Yeager, L., Craig, L., Sebilian, S., Jennifer, S. (2013). "Effects of epibenthic jellyfish blooms on Bahamian seagrass beds."

Stoner, E. (2012). "Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?" Presented at the Forest Heights School's Biology Class, Abaco Island, The Bahamas.

Stoner, E. (2012). "Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?" Presented at the Aventura City of Excellence School's Biology Class, Aventura, FL.

Stoner, E. (2012). "Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?" Presented at the Florida International University's Marine Conservation Class, Miami, FL.

Stoner, E., Yeager, L., Layman, C. (2012). "Epibenthic jellyfish blooms: Effects of the potential native invader on community structure of Bahamian seagrass ecosystems." Presented at the Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR.

Stoner, E. (2012). "Effects of the native invader, Cassiopea spp., on benthic community structure of Bahamian seagrass ecosystems." Presented at the Benthic Ecology Meeting, Norfolk, VA.

Stoner, E. (2012). Presented at the 5th Annual Abaco Science Alliance Conference.

Elizabeth, S. (2012). "Effects of the native invader, Cassiopea spp., on benthic community structure of Bahamian seagrass ecosystems." Presented at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference, Abaco Island, The Bahamas.

Stoner, E. (2012). "Effects of the native invader, Cassiopea spp., on benthic community structure of Bahamian seagrass ecosystems." Presented at the FIU Biology Graduate Student Symposium, Miami, FL.

Stoner, E. (2011). "Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?" Presented at the Forest Heights School's Biology Class, Abaco Island, The Bahamas.

Stoner, E. (2011). "Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?" Presented at the Friends of the Environment's Government Meeting, Abaco Island, The Bahamas.

Stoner, E. (2011). "Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?" Presented at the Florida International University's Marine Conservation Class, Miami, FL.

Stoner, E. (2011). "Effects of anthropogenic disturbance on the abundance and size of epibenthic jellyfish, Cassiopea spp." Presented at the Benthic Ecology Meeting, Mobile, AL.

Stoner, E. (2010). "Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?" Presented at the Forest Heights School's Biology Class, Abaco Island, The Bahamas.

Elizabeth, S. (2010). "Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?" Presented at the Florida International University's Marine Conservation Class, Miami, FL.

Stoner, E. (2010). "Jellyfish and sewage: A love affair?"

Stoner, E. (2010). "Jellyfish and sewage: A love affair?" Presented at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference, Abaco Island, The Bahamas.

Stoner, E. (2009). "Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?" Presented at the Forest Heights School's Biology Class, Abaco Island, The Bahamas.

Stoner, E. (2009). "Jellyfish blooms: the cockroaches of the sea?" Presented at the Florida International University's Marine Conservation Class, Miami, FL.

Stoner, E., Schupack, B., Schram, A. (2007). "Chemical and Biological Investigation of the South Caicos Fisheries Processing Plant, Turks and Caicos Islands." Presented at the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography, Santa Fe, NM.

Service

Department Service
Committee Member for Environmental Science & Sustainability Lecturer Search Committee, 2019 - Present
Other for Work on Partnership with Thermo-Fisher Scientific, 2018 - Present
Committee Member for Curriculum Committee, 2017 - Present
Committee Member for General Education Committee, 2017 - Present
Committee Member for NAS Lab Safety Committee, 2017 - Present
I assisted with our NAS Department table - 2019

University Service
Guest Speaker for Valente Center Research Bootcamp - 2019
Guest Speaker for Bentley Orientation - 2019
I was asked to meet with, provide a department tour, and network with a Bentley donor for Donor Tour/Networking - 2019

Professional Service
Reviewer, Journal Article for Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science, 2018 - Present
Reviewer, Journal Article for Scientific Reports, 2017 - Present
Reviewer, Journal Article for PLoS One, 2016 - Present
Reviewer, Journal Article for Ecological Engineering, 2015 - Present
Reviewer, Journal Article for Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2014 - Present
Reviewer, Journal Article for Marine Environmental Research - 2019

Public Service
I served as a guest faculty member in guiding students in The Bahamas in research experiences for Earth Watch, 2019 - 2019