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Faculty Profiles: Stanbrook-Buyer, Roisin "Rosie"

This guide provides information on Bethune-Cookman University faculty, including their research interests, accomplishments and activities, and brief biographical details.

Dr. Roisin "Rosie" Stanbrook-Buyer

Dr. Rosie Stanbrook-Buyer

Assistant Professor Field Data Science

Office Location: S05 John O Grose Science Hall

Office Phone: 386-481-2698




  • Ph.D. in Conservation Ecology,   Department of Conservation Ecology and Environmental Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (2014 – 2018)

  • M.S Conservation Biology, Department of Conservation Ecology and Environmental Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (2012 – 2013)

  • B.S Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology, University of Salford, UK  Summa cum laude (2009 – 2012)

Brief Biographical Sketch

I am broadly interested in the ecology and conservation of Afrotropical forests and agro-ecosystems in the US, particularly the impact of human activities on the diversity and functioning of these ecosystems. My current research focuses on the effects of ranch management and climate instability on dung beetle and associated ecosystem functioning in the south-eastern United States. I am also part of the NSF funded NEON-TWG and work to provide input and advice regarding the science design and protocols related to NEON ground beetle sampling at over eighty sites distributed across the contiguous United States.

Research Interests

  • Ecosystem services
  • Insect science
  • Conservation biology




Archbold Distinguished Speaker Series. Causes and consequences: counting the cost of dung beetle abundance losses in US working lands.


LTAR network AGM. Online. Dung beetle management in US Pastures


SOLA. “The economic cost of dung beetle decline on Florida ranches” Online November 15th


Florida Cattleman’s Association. “How insects are important in agricultural ecosystems.” November 9th. Venus, Florida, US



ACES. Impact and Value of Dung Beetles in Central Florida Rangelands. Washington DC, US.


Entomological Society of America. Insect mediated nutrient transfer in sub-tropical pasturelands. Vancouver, Canada.


AfroMont. Interspecific variability in dung beetle mediated nutrient transfer in African soils. Moshi, Tanzania. February 22-26.


Northern Coleopterists Society, UK. Spatial turnover of Afromontane dung beetles along an altitudinal cline. March 19th.




Stanbrook, R., and King, J.R. Dung beetle community composition affects dung turnover in subtropical US grasslands. Ecology and Evolution


Stanbrook, R., Norrey, J., Kisingo, A., and Jones, M. Dung beetle diversity and community composition along a land use gradient in a savannah ecosystem of North Western Tanzania Tropical Conservation Science


Stanbrook, R., Harris E., Wheater, C.P., and Jones, M. Evidence of phenotypic plasticity along an altitudinal gradient in the dung beetle Onthophagus proteus. PeerJ


Stanbrook, R., Harris E., Wheater, C.P., and Jones, M. Experimental Estimate of Soil Nutrient Exchange in an Afrotropical Forest: The Role of Dung Beetle Community Complexity Insects 12(2):141.


Stanbrook, R., Wheater, C.P., Harris E., and Jones, M. Habitat type and altitude work in tandem to drive the community structure of dung beetles in Afromontane forest. Journal of Insect Conservation


Stanbrook, R. Dung relocation behavior in three sympatric African Heliocopris dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) The Coleopterists Bulletin 74 (1) 656-658


Stanbrook, R. Monitoring Dung Beetle Richness in East Africa’. Wheater, C.P., Bell, J.R. and Cook, P.A. (Eds) In: Practical Field Ecology: A Project Guide, pp. 1-416 Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.


Stanbrook, R. Assessing the nutrient status of forest elephant dung in the Aberdare National Park, Kenya. Pachyderm 59, 86-90


Stanbrook, R., Raisin, C., Vulinec, K. Observations on the Tunneling Behavior and Seed Dispersal Efficacy of Copris nubilosus (Kohlmann) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae: Coprini). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 71 (4), 1-4.


Roggero, A., Stanbrook, R., Josso, J-F., Barbero, E., Palestrini C Phylogenetic relationships of Epidrepanus within the subtribe Drepanocerina (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae: Oniticellini), with the description of two new species. Zootaxa, 4320 (1), 1-24


Decomposition process driven by insects on a global scale. $20,000. ETZ Zurich.

UCF P3 Program. Awarded to outstanding postdoctoral scholars $7,000