Meet the Faculty

Dr. Joel L. Stake
Associate Professor 

Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette
M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette
B.S., Louisiana College

Phone: (603) 897-8291; Email: 

Molecular Biology

Upon completing his undergraduate education, Dr. Stake began working on his master’s degree at the University of Louisiana.  During this time he first started studying scleractinian corals and developing an interest in teaching.  After a shift in research focus from larval ecology to molecular biology and phylogenetics, Dr. Stake’s dissertation research focused on understanding the relationships of species of coral from two genera found throughout the western Atlantic and Caribbean. Dr. Stake’s research has taken him to places throughout the Caribbean, including Belize, Jamaica, and Panama. After completing his doctoral degree he accepted a postdoctoral research position at the University of the Virgin Islands located on St. Thomas, where he continued to study the phylogenetic and evolutionary relationships of corals. He joined the faculty at Rivier in fall 2008.

Academic Philosophy
“My goal is to help students gain a further understanding of biological principles and concepts while preparing them for success in their chosen academic or professional field.”

Recent Publications
Daly, M., M.R. Brugler, P. Cartwright, A.G. Collins, M.N. Dawson, S.C. France, C.S. McFadden, D.M. Opresko, E. Rodriguez, S.L.Romano and J.L. Stake. 2007. The phylum Cnidaria: A review of phylogenetic patterns and diversity three hundred years after Linneaeus. Zootaxa 1668: 127-182.

Neigel, J., A. Domingo and J. Stake. 2007. DNA Barcoding as a Tool for Coral Reef Conservation. Coral Reefs 26: 487-499.

Stake, J.L. and P.W. Sammarco. 2003. Effects of pressure on swimming behavior in planula larvae of the coral Porites astreoides (Cnidaria, Scleractinia). J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 288: 181-201.

Mendel Hall

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

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