Professor, Director of Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory

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. He served as the station chief at the USGS Lake Superior Biological Station in Ashland, Wisconsin, from 2004-2007 and was a pelagic ecologist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine prior to joining the University of Vermont. Dr. Stockwell studies the behavior, population structure, and food web interactions of the macroinvertebrate Mysis diluviana (the opossum shrimp), impact of cyanobacteria blooms on fish and food webs, and impacts of disturbance events on limnological processes.


Sierszen, M.E., T.R. Hrabik, J.D. Stockwell, A.M. Cotter, J.C. Hoffman, and D.L. Yule. 2014. Depth gradients in food web processes in large lakes: Lake Superior as an exemplar ecosystem. Freshwater Biology. DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12415

Yurista, P.M., D.L. Yule, M. Balge, J.D. VanAlstine, J.A. Thompson, A.E. Gamble, T.R. Hrabik, J.R. Kelly, J.D. Stockwell, and M.R. Vinson. 2014. A new look at the Lake Superior biomass size-spectrum. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 10.1139/cjfas-2013-0596

Stockwell, J.D., D.L. Yule, T.R. Hrabik, M.E. Sierszen, and E.J. Isaac. 2014. Habitat coupling in a large lake system: delivery of an energy subsidy by an offshore planktivore to the nearshore zone of Lake Superior. Freshwater Biology 59:1197-1212.

Janssen, J., J.E. Marsden, T.H. Hrabik, and J.D. Stockwell. 2014. Lakes great enough for Hjort? ICES Journal of Marine Science. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fst220

Byron, C.J., A.P. Pershing, J.D. Stockwell, X. Huijie, and J. Kocik. 2014. Migration model of post-smolt Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in the Gulf of Maine. Fisheries Oceanography 23:172-189.

Cronin-Fine, L., J.D. Stockwell, Z.T. Whitener, E.M. Labbe, T.V. Willis, K.A. Wilson. 2013. Application of morphometric analysis to identify alewife stock structure in the Gulf of Maine. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 5:11-20.

Stockwell, J.D., T.C. Weber, A.J. Baukus, and J.M. Jech. 2013. On the use of omni-directional sonars and downward-looking echosounders to assess pelagic fish distributions during and after midwater trawling. ICES Journal of Marine Science 70:196-203.

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.

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.

Yule, D.L., J.D. Stockwell, J.A. Black, K.I. Cullis, G.A. Cholwek, and J.T. Myers. 2008. How systematic underaging can impede understanding of fish population dynamics: lessons learned from a Lake Superior cisco (Coregonus artedi) stock. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137:481-495.

Dutilleul, P., J.D. Stockwell, D. Frigon, and P. Legendre. 2000. The Mantel test versus Pearson’s correlation analysis: assessment of the differences for biological and environmental studies. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics 5:131-150.

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.

Stockwell, J.D., and O.E. Johannsson. 1997. Temperature-dependent allometric models to estimate zooplankton production in temperate freshwater lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 54:2350-2360.

Jason Stockwell

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Environmental Sciences, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Research: Aquatic ecology



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


  • 802 656-3009
Office Location:

Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab, 3 College Street and 308H Aiken Center