Meet the Faculty

Dr. Brooke Stabler
Associate Professor

Ph.D. Plant Biology, Arizona State University
B.S. Biology, Arizona State University
B.S. Health Care Administration, St. Joseph College
A.S. Medical Laboratory Technology, Brevard Community College

Specialties/Research Interests:
Plant Ecology and Physiology
Urban Ecosystems
Environmental Science

Courses Taught
BIO 103- General Biology I with Lab
BIO 112- Stewards of the Living World
BIO 214- Ecology
BIO 355- Environmental Sustainability
BIO 390- Seminar in Biology
BIO 426- Problems in Biology

Dr. Stabler's background in the biological and environmental sciences is quite broad. She had a fifteen year career in health care working as a medical laboratory technologist doing testing in microbiology, hematology, immunology, chemistry and blood banking. That work included phlebotomy and arterial puncture, where she acquired a lot of experience in the ER, working codes, and at the patient bedside in every unit from the ICU to the nursery.

After earning her first B.S. in Health Care Administration from St. Joseph College, she was promoted to the position of night shift lab supervisor and briefly supervised a hospital blood bank. After moving to Arizona, she earned an undergraduate degree in general biology at Arizona State, graduating magna cum laude. Her undergraduate research focused on nutrient limitation of microbial growth in marine and freshwater pelagic ecosystems. As a graduate student, Dr. Stabler was involved in the startup phase of the Central Arizona/Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research site, one of only two in the country at that time funded to study the ecology of cities. She was awarded an IGERT fellowship by the National Science Foundation to fund her graduate studies and research. The IGERT program was developed to train scientists more broadly, and major components of Dr. Stabler’s graduate education and research were cross-disciplinary. She majored in Plant Biology and minored in Geography with emphasis on Climatology and GIS technologies. Her graduate research produced six publications on diverse topics, including plant productivity, urban climatology, landscape management practices, and even a sociological survey! She earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State in 2003.

Dr. Stabler has completed contract writing and course development outside the world of academia. She maintains primary authorship of the Kaplan AP Biology study guide and has written educational materials for K-12 math and science courses, as well as developing full courses for both high school biology and high school physical science for the American Education Corporation. Prior to coming to Rivier University, Dr. Stabler was an assistant professor of biology at the University of Central Oklahoma where she taught and expanded her research interests further. She was granted tenure there in 2012. Dr. Stabler is a passionate teacher who cares very deeply about her students and their success. 

Recent Publications

Stabler, L.B., P.A. Stone, W.L. Johnson, and K.J. Locey. 2012. A comparison of Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus) populations in two temperate zone urban habitats. Urban Ecosystems, DOI: 10.1007/s11252-011-0216-1).

Butler, C., Wheeler, E. and Stabler, L.B. 2012. Distribution of the threatened lace hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus reichenbachii) under various climate change scenarios. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, 139(1):46-55.

Stabler, L.B. and S.M. Still. 2011. Abiotic factors influencing the distribution of salt cedar (Tamarix spp) along a northwest to southeast transect in Oklahoma. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Sciences 91:1-10.

Stabler, L.B. 2008. Management regimes affect woody plant productivity and water use efficiency in an urban desert ecosystem. Urban Ecosystems 11:197-211

Stabler, L.B., C.A, Martin, and A.J. Brazel. 2005. Microclimates in a desert city were related to land use and vegetation index. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 3:137-147.

Stabler, L.B., and C.A. Martin. 2004. Irrigation and pruning affect growth and water use efficiency of two desert adapted shrubs. Acta Horticulturae 638:255-258.

Martin, C.A., K.A. Peterson and L.B. Stabler. 2003. Residential landscaping in Phoenix, Arizona: practices and preferences relative to covenants, codes and restrictions (CC&Rs). Journal of Arboriculture 29(1):193-200.

Martin, C.A. and L.B. Stabler. 2002. Plant gas exchange and water status in urban desert landscapes. Journal of Arid Environments 51:235-254.

Stabler, L.B., C.A. Martin and J.C. Stutz. 2001. Effects of urban expansion on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal mediation of landscape tree growth. Journal of Arboriculture 27(4):193-200.

Stabler, L.B. and C.A. Martin. 2000. Effect of irrigation frequency on growth and water use efficiency of two southwest landscape plants. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 18(2):66-70.

Mendel Hall

For info, contact:
Dr. Joel Stake
Department Coordinator
Mendel Hall
(603) 897-8291  

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