Stace E. Beaulieu

Senior Research Specialist

Teaching and education research


2015, 2014, 2013, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 Co-instructor for Biological Oceanography, WHOI/MIT Joint Program graduate course (MIT course no. 7.47).
2012 Associate instructor for Communicating Ocean Sciences, a graduate topics course at WHOI (MIT course no. 12.755).
2011, 2005, 2002 Instructor for Marine Invertebrates of Cape Cod, a graduate topics course at WHOI (MIT course no. 7.435).  Article in Cape Cod Life Magazine, July 2006
Co-instructor for Benthic Organisms in Flow, a graduate topics course at WHOI (MIT course no. 7.435).
Co-instructor for GE160/161, OCEANOGRAPHY II, an undergraduate oceanography course (including lab) at Boston College, with Dr. Gail Kineke in the Geology and Geophysics Dept.
Instructor for MARS 268, Marine Ecology, a graduate seminar course at the University of San Diego.

Recent undergraduate students


Craig Dawes, recent graduate in Biomedical Informatics at New York City College of Technology, and participant in Woods Hole Partnership Education Program
Co-sponsor: H. Sosik in Biology Dept.
Project: "Do morphological and genetic approaches lead to the same time series of plankton biodiversity?"


Mary Toner, new graduate student in Biological Sciences at Tufts University, MA
Project: "Biodiversity at hydrothermal vents in the Volcanic Unit of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument: Snail vent"
photo in the lab


Matthew Ball, undergraduate in Computer Sciences at Bowie State University, MD, and participant in Woods Hole Partnership Education Program
Co-sponsor: H. Sosik in Biology Dept.
Project: "Towards Assessing Biodiversity from Data Produced by an Underwater Microscope"
photo from ESIP Winter Meeting 2017


Maia Hanson, Western Washington University, NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
NOAA sponsor: E. Breuer, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
Project: "Biodiversity at hydrothermal vents in the Volcanic Unit of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument: NW Rota-1"
Poster presented at 2015 AGU Fall Meeting and 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting: "Looking for Larvae Above an Erupting Submarine Volcano, NW Rota-1, Mariana Arc"

2015 Summer Student Beachcombing Field Trip (Photo by T. Kleindinst, WHOI)


R. Thomas Sayre-McCord, UNC-Chapel Hill (presently a graduate student in WHOI/MIT Joint Program)
Co-sponsor: H. Jiang in AOPE Dept.
Poster presented at 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting: "Three-dimensional reconstruction of larval swimming trajectories with application to random walk diffusivity."

2010 Eric Rozell, RPI
Co-sponsor: A. Maffei in Computer and Information Services Dept.
Outstanding Student Paper Award, 2010 AGU Fall Meeting Poster #IN23A-1349: “A Framework for Integrating Oceanographic Data Repositories.”

Advancing public literacy in Earth system science

I am a member of the Geoscience Education Research Division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

In collaboration with the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford, MA, I created an educational package for digital globes and conducted research on public learning outcomes:

A "Global Viewport" for Virtual Exploration of Deep-sea Vents: Using Spherical Displays to Advance Public Literacy in Earth System Science
Click for NSF Award 2012-2015
Click for project website (links to YouTube videos and NOAA SOS Data Catalog)
Click for press release, December 2014

Beaulieu, S.E., Emery, M., Brickley, A., Spargo, A., Patterson, K., Joyce, K., Silva, T., Madin, K., (2015) Using Digital Globes to Explore the Deep Sea and Advance Public Literacy in Earth System Science. Journal of Geoscience Education, 63, 332-343,

Beaulieu, S.E., Brickley, A., Spargo, A., Joyce, K., Silva, T., Patterson, K., Madin, K., Emery, M. (2014) Global viewport to deep-sea vents: dataset for spherical display systems. 11 September 2014, Version 1. Woods Hole Open Access Server. URL:; DOI: 10.1575/1912/6867.

We are presently developing a third educational module:
Click for NSF Award 2016-2019 (also click on left tab "Biodiversity in the deep ocean")

Guest lectures and other teaching experience

2014 Deep-sea ecosystems in 1 hr, University of Western Australia, Marine Environmental Management Course
2014, 2012 Deep-sea ecosystems in 3 hrs, British Petroleum
2003 World of Zooplankton, S.E.A.
"Science Fair Mentor," Falmouth High School
1997 Science in the Sunless Sea, 45-min lecture, UCSD TV
1995 - 1997 Graduate teaching assistant at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) for the following courses: Structural Biochemistry (BIBC 100), Marine Zooplankton (SIO 271), and Introduction to Marine Ecology (BIEB 130).
1995 - 1997 Summer instructor at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, teaching marine biology classes for ages 9-12 and 12-15.

Last updated: August 4, 2017