University of Vermont

Jason Stockwell

Jason Stockwell by Sally McCay

Associate Professor / Director of Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab

Phone: 802-656-3086
Office: Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab
3 College Street
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Areas of Interest

Influence of pelagic fishes and macro-invertebrates as energetic conduits and bottlenecks for both upper and lower trophic levels; role of diel vertical migration in predator-prey interactions, community structure, and the transfer of energy and matter; impact of environmental change on food web structure and resultant ecosystem properties.

Dr. Stockwell received his doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1996, followed by post-doctoral associate positions at Colorado State University and Michigan State University. More recently, he was the station chief at the USGS Lake Superior Biological Station in Ashland, Wisconsin, and a pelagic ecologist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine.

Much of Dr. Stockwell's previous work focused on the Great Lakes where he developed a unified research framework to help identify the mechanisms underlying cisco recruitment, modeled linkages between population dynamics and habitat supply, and transitioned and integrated a long-term monitoring program into a template for examining energy flow through food webs across habitat gradients. He also has extensive experience investigating the role of diel vertical migration in the ecology of pelagic species.


PhD 1996 University of Toronto (Zoology)
BSc 1991 Northland College (Biology and Mathematics)

Selected Publications

Stockwell, J.D., T.R. Hrabik, O.P. Jensen, D.L. Yule, and M. Balge. 2010. Empirical evaluation of predator-driven diel vertical migration in Lake Superior. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67:473-485.

Myers, J.T., M.L. Jones, J.D. Stockwell, and D.L. Yule. 2009. Re-assessment of the predatory effects of rainbow smelt on cisco in Lake Superior. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 138:1352-1368.

Stockwell, J.D., M.P. Ebener, J.A. Black, O.T. Gorman, T. Halpern, T.R. Hrabik, R.E. Kinnunen, W.P. Mattes, J. Oyadomari, S.T. Schram, D.R. Schreiner, M.J. Seider, K. Scribner, S.P. Sitar, and D.L. Yule. 2009. A synthesis of cisco recovery in Lake Superior: implications for native fish rehabilitation in the Laurentian Great Lakes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 29:626-652.

Holbrook, B.V., T.R. Hrabik, D.K. Branstrator, D.L. Yule, and J.D. Stockwell. 2006. Hydroacoustic estimation of zooplankton biomass at two shoal complexes in the Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior. Journal of Great Lakes Research 32:680-696.

Jones, M.L., J.K. Netto, J.D. Stockwell, and J.B. Mion. 2003. Does the potential benefit of creating access to new spawning habitat for walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) depend on its location relative to nursery habitats? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 60:1527-1538.

Stockwell, J.D., and B.M. Johnson. 1999. Field evaluation of a bioenergetics-based foraging model for kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 56 (Suppl. 1):140-151.