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Dr. Jon Bossley

Associate Professor of Biology


School of Natural and Social Sciences


Professional Experience:
  • Associate Professor of Biology, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Environmental Biology Program Coordinator, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Lecturer, The Ohio State University at Stone Lab

Professional Organizations:
  • Entomological Society of America
  • North American Association for Environmental Education
  • Society for Freshwater Science

Awards and Recognitions:
  • 4-time National Science Foundation fellow (2011 – 2014)
  • Inductee in the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Published Works & Presentations:
  • “Habitat for Biodiversity: Aquatic Insects,” Ohio State University Museum of Biological Diversity, 2019
  • Bossley, J.P. and Smiley, P.C., Jr. 2019. Impact of student-induced disturbance on stream macroinvertebrates differs among habitat types. Scientific Reports, 9.
  • Bossley, J.P. and Smiley, P.C. 2018. Effects of student trampling on aquatic macroinvertebrates in agricultural headwater streams. Water, 10, 77.
  • Bossley, J.P. and Smiley, P.C. Jr. 2017. Effects of outdoor education stream classes on substrate movement and macroinvertebrate colonization. Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 32:1, 727-740.
  • Bossley, J.P. and Smiley Jr., P.C. 2017. Short-term disturbance effects of outdoor education stream classes on aquatic macroinvertebrates. Journal of Environmental Protection, 8,
    1333-1353. DOI: 10.4236/jep.2017.811082
  • Bossley, J.P. Environmental Impact from Outdoor/Environmental Education Programs: Effects of Frequent Stream Classes on Aquatic Macroinvertebrates. Dissertation published in The Ohio State University online database.
  • Yoder, J., Benoit, J., Nelson, B., Main, L., and Bossley, J. 2014. Behavioral correction to prevent overhydration and increase survival by larvae of the net-spinning caddisflies in relation to water flow. Journal of Experimental Biology, 218: 363-369.

Favorite Subject-Related Links:
  • Member of the Omega Force Strength Team
  • Member of the Wandering Wheels Circle America 2000 bicycle team
  • Ministry partner with the Athletes in Action ministry of the Ohio State football program and Columbus Crew soccer program
  • Science Teacher – Genoa Christian Academy
  • Zoo Education Staff – Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
  • Naturalist – Ohio Department of Natural Resources


  • Ph.D. in Environmental Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio
  • B.Sci. in Horticulture, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

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