Betsy Stoner

  • Assistant Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Assistant Professor,
  • Ph.D. Florida International Univeristy
  • B.S. Skidmore College

Teaching Interests

Environmental science and sustainability; Oceanography; 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

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, 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.

Professional Memberships

  • Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2017 - Present
  • Ecological Society of America 2016 - Present
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2021, Valente Center Undergraduate Research Assistantship, Valente Center
  • 2020, Valente Center Undergraduate Research Assistantship, Valente Center
  • 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 Articles


  • Wilzcek, E. R., Iliff, S., Harris, R., Bouldin, R. M., Stoner, E. (2020). Evidence of microplastics from benthic jellyfish (Cassiopea xamachana) in Florida estuaries . Marine Pollution Bulletin.
  • Iliff, S., Harris, R., Stoner, E. (2019). Effects of Chronic Pesticide Exposure on an Epibenthic Oyster Reef Community. Marine Pollution Bulletin.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., Layman, C. A. (2015). Bristle worms attack: benthic jellyfish are not trophic dead ends. FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, (13) 4 226-227.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Presentations

  • Wilczek, E., Stoner, E. (2019). “Plastic Jellyfish? Evaluation of Microplastic Uptake by Gelatinous Zooplankton Species” Presented at the Kennesaw State University 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 theNorth 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 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 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 theBenthic 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). “Effects of the native invader, Cassiopea spp., on benthic community structure of Bahamian seagrass ecosystems” Presented at theBenthic Ecology Meeting Norfolk, VA
  • Stoner, E. (2012). “Effects of the native invader, Cassiopea spp., on benthic community structure of Bahamian seagrass ecosystems” Presented at theFIU Biology Graduate Student Symposium Miami, FL
  • Stoner, E. (2012). Presented at the5th 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 theAbaco Science Alliance Conference Abaco Island, The Bahamas
  • 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 theEcological Society of America Portland, OR
  • Stoner, E. (2012). “Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?” Presented at the Florida International University Marine Conservation Class Miami, FL
  • Stoner, E. (2012). “Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?” Presented at the Aventura City of Excellence School Biology Class Aventura, FL
  • Stoner, E. (2012). “Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?” Presented at the Forest Heights School Biology Class Abaco Island, The Bahamas
  • Stoner, E. (2011). “Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?” Presented at the Forest Heights School Biology Class Abaco Island, The Bahamas
  • Stoner, E. (2011). “Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?” Presented at the Friends of the Environment Government Meeting Abaco Island, The Bahamas
  • Stoner, E. (2011). “Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?” Presented at the Florida International University Marine Conservation Class Miami, FL
  • Stoner, E. (2011). “Effects of anthropogenic disturbance on the abundance and size of epibenthic jellyfish, Cassiopea spp” Presented at theBenthic Ecology Meeting Mobile, AL
  • Stoner, E. (2010). “Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?” Presented at the Forest Heights School Biology Class Abaco Island, The Bahamas
  • Elizabeth, S. (2010). “Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?” Presented at the Florida International University 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 theAbaco Science Alliance Conference Abaco Island, The Bahamas
  • Stoner, E. (2009). “Jellyfish blooms: the rise of slime?” Presented at the Forest Heights School Biology Class Abaco Island, The Bahamas
  • Stoner, E. (2009). “Jellyfish blooms: the cockroaches of the sea?” Presented at the Florida International University 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 theAmerican Society for Limnology and Oceanography Santa Fe, NM
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Volunteered to help at the NAS Department Table for Prospective Students Day (Academic Exploration Day) 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Human Ecology Lecturer Search Committee 2021 - Present
  • I volunteered to help out with the NAS Department Table at our virtual event for Majors/Minors Fair 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Environmental Science & Sustainability Lecturer Search Committee 2019 - 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
  • Other for Work on Partnership with Thermo-Fisher Scientific 2018 - 2019
  • I assisted with our NAS Department table for Majors/Minors Fair - 2019
  • University Service


  • Guest Speaker for "An Evening with Mark Bittman" 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Provost Search Committee 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Teaching and Scholarly Activities Committee 2020 - Present
  • Featured in video for Bentley University 2020 Holiday Video 2020 - 2020
  • I was asked to participate in this event by speaking with students in a Zoom chat room for Undergraduate Admissions Virtual Preview Day 2020 - 2020
  • Guest Speaker for Undergraduate Admission 2020 - 2020
  • Participated in a remote virtual admitted student day in Unibuddy for Undergraduate Admission-Virtual Admitted Student Day 2020 - 2020
  • 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 Caribbean Naturalist 2021 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Thalassas Journal Reviewer 2020 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Marine Biology Journal Reviewer 2020 - Present
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper for Marine Ecology Progress Series Reviewer 2020 - Present
  • 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