Jim Stoeckel

Associate Professor

School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences

(334) 844-9249 



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121B Swingle Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849



  • 2007 Ph.D., Miami University Zoology
  • 1994 M.S., Ohio State University Zoology
  • 1988 B.S., Northern Kentucky University Biology


  • 2013 – present Associate Professor — Auburn University
  • 2007 – 13 Assistant Professor — 2007- 13
  • 2002 – 07 Miami University, Teaching/Research Assistant
  • 1993 – 02 Illinois Natural History Survey, Asst. Supportive / Tech. Scientist


  • Grantsmanship Award. 2013. College of Agriculture, Auburn University
  • Best Presentation by a Professional Award. 2010. 18th International Association of Astacology Symposia, Columbia, MO


  • International Association of Astacology
  • Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society
  • Southeastern Crayfish Biologists Working Group


Populations must adapt to a wide array of natural and anthropogenic environmental stresses if they are to remain viable. Much of my research examines individual and population level effects of stressors on molluscs and crustaceans, and how these stressors affect population viability. Research projects focus on suspended sediments, advection, developmental bottlenecks, invasive species, thermal stress, and agrochemicals in lentic and lotic systems. Aquatic systems I have worked on range from large, tidal and non-tidal rivers, to small streams, reservoirs, and floodplain lakes.  My current research focuses on population dynamics of Southeastern molluscan and crustacean fauna, with an emphasis on unionid mussels and crayfish.



  • Fish 6970 Conservation Ecology of Freshwater Mussels and Crayfish
  • Fish 7270 Crustacean and Molluscan Aquaculture


  • Haag, W.R. and J.A. Stoeckel. 2015. The role of host abundance in regulating populations of freshwater mussels with parasitic larvae. Oecologia. In press
  • Ames, C.W., B.S. Helms, and J.A. Stoeckel. 2015. Habitat mediates the outcome of a cleaning symbiosis for a facultatively burrowing crayfish. Freshwater Biology 60(5): 989-999.
  • Mosley, T.L., W.R. Haag, and J.A. Stoeckel. 2014. Egg fertilization in a freshwater mussel: effects of distance, flow and male density. Freshwater Biology. 59:2137-2149.
  • Luo, Y., C. Li, A. Gascho Landis, G. Wang, J. Stoeckel, and E. Peatman. 2014. Transcriptomic profiling of differential responses to drought in two freshwater mussel species, the giant floater Pyganodon grandis and the pondhorn, Uniomerus tetralasmus. PLOS One. 9(2): 1-14.
  • Helms, B., W. Budnick, P. Pecora, J. Skipper, E. Kosnicki, J. Feminella, and J. Stoeckel. 2013. The influence of soil type, congeneric cues, and floodplain connectivity on the local distribution of the devil crayfish (Cambarus diogenes Girard). Freshwater Science. 32(4):1333-1344.
  • Helms, B., Z.J. Loughman, B.L. Brown, and J. Stoeckel. 2013. Recent advances in crayfish biology, ecology, and conservation. Freshwater Science. 32(4):1273-1275.
  • Skelton, J., K.J. Farrell, R.P. Creed, B.W. Williams, C. Ames, B.S. Helms, J. Stoeckel, and B.L. Brown. 2013. Servants, scoundrels, and hitchhikers: current understanding of the complex interactions between crayfish and their ectosymbiotic worms (Branchiobdellida). Freshwater Science. 32(4):1345-1357.
  • Gascho Landis, A., W.R. Haag, and J.A. Stoeckel. 2013. High suspended solids loads as a factor in reproductive failure of a freshwater mussel. Freshwater Science. 32(1):70-81.
  • Helms, B.S., C. Figiel, J. Rivera, J.A. Stoeckel, G. Stanton, and T. Keller. 2013. Life history observations, environmental associations, and soil preferences of the Piedmont Blue Burrower (Cambarus (Depressicambarusharti, Hobbs). Southeastern Naturalist. 12(1):143-160.
  • Gough, H., A. Gascho Landis, and J.A. Stoeckel. 2012. Behaviour and physiology are linked in freshwater mussel responses to drought conditions. Freshwater Biology.57:2356-2366.
  • Gascho Landis, A., W.R. Haag, and J.A. Stoeckel. 2012. Effects of temperature and photoperiod on lure display and glochidial release in a freshwater mussel. Journal of the North American Benthological Society. 31(3):775-786.
  • Wang, R., C. Li, J.A. Stoeckel, G. Moyer, Z. Liu, and E. Peatman. 2012. Rapid development of molecular resources for a freshwater mussel, Villosa lienosa (Bivalvia: Unionidae) using a RNA-seq-based approach. Freshwater Science 31(3):695-708.
  • Stoeckel, J.A., J. Morris, E. Ames, M.J. Vanni, W. Renwick, and M.J. Gonzalez. 2012.  Exposure times to the spring herbicide flush along a stream-reservoir system. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 48(3):616-634.
  • Stoeckel, J.A., B.S. Helms, and E. Cash. 2011. Evaluation of a crayfish burrowing chamber design with simulated groundwater flow. Journal of Crustacean Biology 31(1):50-58.
  • Soeken-Gittinger, L.A., J.A. Stoeckel and J.E. Havel. 2009. Differing effects of suspended sediments on performance of native and exotic Daphnia. Freshwater Biology 54(3):495-504.
  • Stoeckel, J.A., M.J. Gonzalez, J.T. Oris, M. Kovach, and K. Mace. 2008. Atrazine and increased male production by Daphnia:  The importance of combining field and laboratory approaches. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 27(11):2352-2360.
  • Berg, D., T. Levine, J.A. Stoeckel, and B. Lang. 2008. A conceptual model linking demography and population genetics of freshwater mussels. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 27(2): 395-408.
  • Folino-Rorem, N., J.A. Stoeckel, E. Thorn*, and L. Page. 2006. Effects of artificial filamentous substrate on zebra mussel settlement. Biological Invasions 8: 89-96.
  • Stoeckel, J.A., D.K. Padilla, D.W. Schneider, and C.R. Rehmann. 2004. Laboratory culture of Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771) larvae: spawning success, adult fecundity, and larval mortality patterns. Canadian Journal of Zoology 82(9):1436-1443.
  • Elderkin, C.L., J.A. Stoeckel, D.J. Berg, and P.L. Klerks. 2004. Heritability of heat tolerance in zebra mussel veligers. Journal of Great Lakes Research 30(3): 360-366.
  • Stoeckel, J.A., C.R. Rehmann, D.W. Schneider, and D.K. Padilla. 2004. Retention and supply of zebra mussel larvae in a large river system: importance of an upstream lake.Freshwater Biology 49(7):919-930.
  • Carr, M.L., C.R. Rehmann, J.A. Stoeckel, D.K. Padilla, and D.W. Schneider. 2004. Measurements and consequences of retention in a side embayment in a tidal river. Journal of Marine Systems 49: 41-53.
  • Rehmann, C.R., J.A. Stoeckel, and D.W. Schneider. 2003 Effect of turbulence on the mortality of zebra mussel veligers, Can. J. Zool., 81, 1063-1069.
  • Schneider, D.W., J.A. Stoeckel, C.R. Rehmann, K.D. Blodgett, R.E. Sparks, and D.K.Padilla. 2003. A developmental bottleneck in dispersing larvae: implications for spatial population dynamics. Ecology Letters 6(4):352-360
  • Lemke, A.M., J.A. Stoeckel, and M.A. Pegg. 2003. Utilization of the exotic cladoceran,  Daphnia lumholtzi, by young-of-year fishes in and Illinois River floodplain lake. Journal of Fish Biology 62(4):938-954.
  • Pegg, M.A., A.M. Lemke, and J.A. Stoeckel. 2002. Establishment of Bighead Carp in an Illinois River floodplain lake: A potential source population for the Illinois River. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 17(1):161-163.
  • Elderkin, C.L., D. W. Schneider, J.A. Stoeckel, and D. K. Padilla. 1998. A method for measuring in situ respiration rates of freshwater gastropods. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 17(3):338-347.
  • Madon, S.P., D.W. Schneider, J.A. Stoeckel, and R.E. Sparks. 1998. Effects of inorganic sediment and food concentrations on energetic processes of the zebra mussel, Dreissena  polymorpha: Implications for growth in turbid rivers. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 55(2):401-413
  • Madon, S.P., D. W. Schneider, and J. A. Stoeckel. 1998. In-situ estimation of zebra mussel metabolic rates using the electron transport system (ETS) assay. Journal of Shellfish Research 17(1):195-203.
  • Schneider, D. W., S. P. Madon, J. A. Stoeckel, and R. E. Sparks. 1998. Seston quality controls zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) energetics in turbid rivers. Oecologia 117:331-341.
  • Stoeckel, J.A., D. Schneider, L.A. Soeken, K.D. Blodgett, and R.E. Sparks. 1997. Larval dynamics of a riverine metapopulation: implications for zebra mussel recruitment, dispersal, and control in a large-river system. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 16:586-601.
  • Stoeckel, J.A., L.A. Camlin, K.D. Blodgett, and R.E. Sparks. 1996. Establishment of Daphnia lumholtzi (an exotic zooplankter) in the Illinois River. Journal of Freshwater Ecology. 11(3): 377-379.

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