Professor of Biology
Dean of the School of Natural, Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Phone: ext. 2407
Email: Lauren.Bergey@CentenaryUniversity.edu

Academic Accomplishments

• Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2007
• M.S., East Carolina University, 2000
• B.S., Millersville University, 1994

Biography

Lauren Leigh Bergey was born in Telford, Pennsylvania on March 1, 1972.  Bergey grew up on a farm and spent many years competing in regional and state agricultural programs.  Bergey graduated from Souderton Area High School in Souderton, PA.

Dr. Lauren Bergey received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Millersville University, Millersville, PA in 1994.  After spending three years working for The Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute in drug development she decided to continue her education in the marine biology field and received an M.S. in environmental science from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC in 2000.  Her master’s research investigated maternal genetics and variability of striped bass, Morone saxatilis, egg characteristics in seven populations along the Eastern Seaboard from Georgia to Nova Scotia.  Realizing that she loved to teach after having a teaching assistantship at ECU she decided to continue on for a Ph.D. at Rutgers University and obtained her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University, NJ in 2007.  Her doctoral research examined the impacts of pollutants on the behavior, growth and survivorship of populations of fiddler crabs along the NJ Coast.

Bergey was hired at Centenary University as an Assistant Professor of Biology in 2007 and received Tenure in 2013.  She has won several awards including the Centenary University Advisor of the Year in 2019, the Reeves Foundation Endowed Science Professor in 2015 and the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010.  Lauren has held several different administrative titles including Dean of the School of Natural, Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences (2021-Present), Dean of Special Academic Programs (2019-2021), Chair of the Mathematics and Natural Science Department (2013-2018), Director of Environmental Programs (2014-2017), and Creator and Director of the Honors Program (2017-2021).

Bergey continues her research in Marine Biology and Environmental Science today.  Her current research examines the ecological impact of an invasive species on shrimp from Japan on native species of shrimp in New Jersey waters.  She also conducts studies in animal behavior examining canine cognition of human social interactions.

Bergey has a certified therapy dog that visits nursing homes, hospitals, Veteran’s housing, shelters, and schools.  She is married to Roderick Coward, a Naval Academy Graduate and former Lieutenant.  Roderick currently works as a Director in Supply Chain Management at Merck Pharmaceutical.

Published Works

Bergey, L., L. Ritchie, J. LaBar, K. Arnao, S. Cheng, E. Chu, T. Horvath, J. Mattingly, P. Semanchik, V. Thiel, and C. Xavier.  2020.  Potential impacts of the invasive shrimp, Palemon macrodactylus on native populations in New Jersey. (In Prep).

Bergey, L., T. Glover, and J.S. Weis.  2012.  Behavioral Differences in Fiddler Crabs, Uca Pugnax, from   Contaminated and Reference Estuaries in New Jersey.  In K. Saruwatari and M. Nishimura (Eds.), Crabs:  Anatomy, Habitat and Ecological Significance 89-105.  Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Weis, J.S., L. Bergey, A. Candelmo, and J. Reichmuth.  2011.  Living in a contaminated estuary: Behavioral changes and ecological consequences for five species.  BioScience 61(5):  375-385.

Bergey, L. and J.S. Weis.  2008.  Aspects of population ecology in two populations of fiddler crabs, Uca pugnax.  Marine Biology 154:435-442.

News@nature.com 2007 Crabs use their shells for garbage disposal; Matt Kaplan

http://www.nature.com/news/2007/070719/full/news070716-12.html

Published online 19 July 2007 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news070716-12

Bergey, L. and J.S. Weis. 2007.  Molting as a mechanism of depuration of metals in the fiddler crab, Uca pugnax.  Marine Environmental Research 64(5):556-562.

Bergey, L. and J.S. Weis.  2006.  Immobility in five species of fiddler crabs, genus Uca.  Journal of Crustacean Biology 26 (1):82-84.

Bergey, L.L., R.A. Rulifson, M.L. Gallagher, and A.S. Overton.  2003. Variability of Atlantic Coast striped bass egg characteristics.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23:  558-572.

Bergey, L., J. Weis, and P. Weis.  2002.  Mercury uptake by the estuarine species Palaemonetes pugio, Fundulus heteroclitus and their parasites, Probopyrus pandalicola and Eustrongylides sp. Marine Pollution Bulletin 44: 1046-1050.

Presentations

*Adams, Brittany, L. Bergey, L. Ritchie, and K. Gunawan.  2021.  Canine Cognition:  Interpretation of Human Social Interactions Centenary University Research Symposium, Honors Capstone Defense.  April 22nd.

*Wenger, K., L. Bergey, L. Ritchie, and K. Gunawan.  2021.  Canine Cognition of Human Social Interactions.  ICFNJ Undergraduate Research Symposium.  April 14th.

Bergey, L., J. Jean-Paul, and C. Xavier.  2020.  Virtual Marine Biology Field Trip.  Gulfside Elementary in Holiday Florida.  Parlin, NJ.  July 2nd.

*Semanchik, P., L. Bergey, J. Labar, L. Ritchie, and T. Horvath.  2020.  Variance in parasite occurrence between three native and one non-native Palaemon species of grass shrimp. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Austin, TX.  January 4thFirst place winner (of 750 participants) in the poster presentation competition.

*Clerson, X., L. Bergey, L. Ritchie, and J. Jean-Paul.  2020.  Differences in reproductive efforts in the invasive grass shrimp, Palaemon macrodactylus, and native Palaemon shrimp in New Jersey.  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Austin, TX.  January 6thSecond place winner (of 750 participants) in the poster presentation competition.

*Jean-Paul, J., L. Bergey, L. Ritchie, and C. Xavier.  2020.  Effects of light conditions and morphological size on predation of the Invasive Grass Shrimp, Palaemon macrodactylus, and native species, Palaemon pugio. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Austin, TX.  January 6thTop 10 placement (of 750 participants) in the poster presentation competition.

*Horvath, T., L. Bergey, L. Ritchie, and P. Semanchik.  2020.  Competitive interaction and foraging speed in the invasive shrimp, Palaemon macrodactylus, and three species of native Palaemon shrimp in New Jersey Waters.  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Austin, TX.  January 5thTop 10 placement (of 750 participants) in the poster presentation competition.Bergey, L. 2019.  An unconventional path to marine biology.  My Journey Seminar Series.  Augusta State University.  October 25th.

Bergey, L. and M.A. Trent.  2019.  Not Just Thinking and Talking:  Doing Something Substantive to Help Everyone Feel Included.  Diversity and Inclusion Project.  AALI and CIC Senior Leadership Academy.  Washington, DC.  June 21st.

*Clerson, X., L. Bergey, L. Ritchie, and J. Jean-Paul.  2019.  Differences in reproductive efforts in the invasive grass shrimp, Palaemon macrodactylus, and native Palaemon shrimp in New Jersey.  ICFNJ, Undergraduate Research Symposium, Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ.  March 18th.

*Jean-Paul, J., L. Bergey, L. Ritchie, and C. Xavier.  2019.  Effects of light conditions and morphological size on predation of the Invasive Grass Shrimp, Palaemon macrodactylus, and native species, Palaemon pugio. ICFNJ, Undergraduate Research Symposium, Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ.  March 18th.

Bergey, L., L. Ritchie, K. Arnao, J. Mattingly, and S. Cheng 2017.  Potential impacts of the invasive shrimp, Palaemon macrodactylus on native populations in New Jersey.  Animal Behavior Society Conference, Toronto, Canada.  June 12th.

*Arnao, K., Bergey, L., and L. Ritchie.  2017.  Reproductive, Morphological, and Behavioral Difference in Grass Shrimp caught in New Jersey Estuaries.  Animal Behavior Society Conference, Toronto, Canada.  June 12th.

Bergey, L. 2017.  Marine Invasive Species:  The Story of the Oriental Shrimp, Palaemon macrodactylus. East Stroudsburg University, BioColloquium, East Stroudsburg, PA.  February 24th.

Bergey, L. 2016.  Marine Invasive Species:  The Story of the Oriental Shrimp, Palaemon macrodactylus.  Rutherfurd Hall/House of the Good Shepherd Lecture Series, Allamuchy, NJ October 19th.

Bergey, L. 2014.  Marine Invasive Species:  The Story of the Oriental Shrimp, Palaemon macrodactylus.  Faculty Research Forum, Centenary College September 26th.

*Mattingly, J., Bergey, L., Ritchie, L.  2014.  Examination of the Ecological Consequences, Including Fecundity and Predator Avoidance, of the Palaemon macrodactylus Invasion in New Jersey Estuaries.  Tribeta Biology Honor Society North Eastern Region Conference, Frederick, MD.  March 29th.

*Mattingly, J., Bergey, L., Ritchie, L.  2014.  Examination of the Ecological Consequences, Including Fecundity and Predator Avoidance, of the Palaemon macrodactylus Invasion in New Jersey Estuaries.  ICFNJ Undergraduate Research Symposium, Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ.  March 24th.

*Cheng, S., Bergey, L., E. Chu, and L. Ritchie.  2013.  A Comparison of Predator Avoidance in Three Species of Grass Shrimp.  The Crustacean Society & The Latin American Association of Carcinology, Costa Rica. July 2013.

*Chu, E., Bergey, L., S. Cheng, and L. Ritchie.  2013.  Interspecific Food Competition between three species of grass shrimp.  The Crustacean Society & The Latin American Association of Carcinology, Costa Rica.  July 2013.

Bergey, L. 2013.  Autotomy and other defenses in fiddler crabs (Uca minax).  HEROES conference.  Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ.  January 19th.

Bergey, L. 2011.  Impacts of marsh die-back events on population dynamics in fiddler crabs, Uca pugnax.  The Crustacean Society Summer Meeting, Honolulu, HI.  June 6-9.

Bergey, L. 2011.  Anti-Predator Defenses in Marine Organisms.  HEROES conference.  Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ.  January 15th.

Bergey, L.  2008.  Centenary College Going Green.  Celebrating Community with a Purpose:  From the Environmental to Interpersonal.  The Annual Statewide Conference on Diversity Issues in Higher Education. Drew University, Madison, NJ. November 14th.

Bergey, L. and J.S. Weis.  2007.  Behavioral ecology and population ecology in populations of fiddler crabs, Uca pugnax (Smith), on the New Jersey Coast.  James J. Howard Marine Science Laboratory (NOAA), Sandy Hook, NJ.  April 10th.

Bergey, L. and J.S. Weis. 2006.  Aspects of population ecology in two populations of fiddler crabs, Uca pugnax.  New England Estuarine Research Society, New London, CT.  Oct 26-28.

Bergey, L. and J.S. Weis.  2005.  Can behavioral differences in fiddler crabs affect Predator-Prey Dynamics?  Sixth International Crustacean Congress (ICC6), Glasglow, Scotland.

Bergey, L. and J.S. Weis.  2004.  Can behavioral differences in fiddler crabs affect Predator-Prey Dynamics?  Atlantic Estuarine Research Society, Hackensack, New Jersey.

Bergey, L., T. Glover, J. Reichmuth, and J.S. Weis.  2003 Behavioral differences in two populations of fiddler crabs (Uca pugnax).  Colloquium series, Millersville University, Millersville, PA.

Bergey, L., J. Reichmuth, and J.S. Weis.  2003.  Behavioral differences in two populations of fiddler crabs (Uca pugnax) and Thanatosis (playing dead) in five species of fiddler crabs, genus Uca.  The Crustacean Society Meeting, Williamsburg, VA.

Bergey, L., T. Glover, J. Reichmuth, and J.S. Weis.  2003 Behavioral differences in two populations of fiddler crabs (Uca pugnax).  Benthic Ecology Meeting, Mystic, CT.

Bergey, L.L. and R. Rulifson.  2000. Variability of striped bass, Morone saxatilis, egg characteristics in populations along the Eastern Seaboard:  Implications for aquaculture and stock enhancement.  American Fisheries Society 130th Annual Meeting, St.Louis, MO.

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