Crustacean & Molluscan Ecology Lab (C.A.M.E.L.)

The C.A.M.E.L. believes that a diverse and inclusive laboratory with an active involvement from all of our members, along with collaboration with other agencies, stakeholders, researchers, and citizens, is the most effective way to pursue our higher scientific goals in the aquatic sciences. Our lab members reach their greatest potential in an equitable, supportive, and exploratory environment, where the greater objectives of our research program, along with the individual interests and goals of each lab member can be pursued to their fullest.

About Us


ABOUT Auburn’s C.A.M.E.L. Lab

Populations must adapt to a wide array of natural and anthropogenic environmental stresses if they are to remain viable. Much of our research examines sub-organismal, individual, and population level effects of stressors on mollusks and crustaceans, and how these stressors affect population viability. Research projects focus on suspended sediments, invasive species, thermal and hypoxia stress, feeding ecology, bioenergetics, and ecotoxicology in lentic, lotic, and coastal systems.

Aquatic systems we have worked on range from small, freshwater streams to coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico. Our current research focuses on population dynamics of southern U.S. molluscan and crustacean fauna, with an emphasis on unionid mussels and crayfish.

Research Opportunities

Contact Dr. Jim Stoeckel ( or Kaelyn Fogelman ( if you are a high school student or undergraduate who would like to learn more about independent research opportunities in our lab.




Lab Team


Lab Facilities


Jim Stoeckel
203 Swingle Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
(334) 332-8396


Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Except Univ. Holidays

News & Lab Research

Wells named Botts Endowed Professor

Wells named Botts Endowed Professor

Auburn University has awarded Daniel Wells, associate professor of horticulture, with its Elbert A. and Barbara L. Botts Endowed Professorship, effective this month. The appointment is for 33 months, January 2024-September 2026. Wells has served at Auburn since 2014,...