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Stanko, Maria L.

Contact Info
Title: University Lecturer
Office: Central King Building 340E
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am-noon, or by appointment.
Phone: 973-642-7246
Dept: Biology

About Me

Maria L. Stanko, PhD, is an ecologist and a University Lecturer and Laboratory Coordinator at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she focuses on curriculum development and undergraduate teaching. She teaches a variety of courses which share an emphasis on scientific process and integration of concepts.


  • Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME. B.A., 1998.
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Ph.D., 2011


  • University Lecturer, Dept. of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ. 2010-present.
  • Summer Lecturer, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 2012-present.

Courses I Teach


Research Interests

Dr. Stanko is a community ecologist interested broadly in how interactions among species are related to diversity and community stability. Her current research is on communities of plants and pollinators, mostly bees, in old field and urban communities in New Jersey. She is particularly interested in the role of non-native species in the network of interactions between plants and pollinators.

Selected Publications

  • Stanko, M.L. 2011. Structure and dynamics of a highly-invaded plant-pollinator network. Doctoral dissertation, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Stanko, M.L. and D. Ehrenfeld, eds. 2009. Principles of Ecology. University Publishing Solutions, East Brunswick, NJ.
  • Stanko, M.L. 1998. Male mate choice for conspicuousness and ornamentation of female North American birds: a comparative analysis. Honors thesis for the Department of Biology, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.