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Stephen Jane

NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow
Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellow
Cornell University

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding how aquatic ecosystems are responding to regional to global change and the consequences of these changes for the people who rely on them for the ecosystem services they provide. Though my work is mostly done in lakes, I have also conducted research in coastal-estuarine systems and even small headwater streams. Because temperature influences the basic functioning of lake ecosystems in a variety of ways, much of my work seeks to understand the consequences of warming surface temperatures for lake ecosystem properties. For example, warming of surface waters results in declines in deep-water oxygen in lakes. My current project is exploring how this deoxygenation will affect the bioaccumulation of toxic mercury in fishes sought by anglers.


Adirondack Fish Conservation: Safeguarding Summer Suckers, Understanding Minnow Diversity, Limiting Smallmouth Bass Invasions, Developing Climate-Adapted Stocking

Invisible impacts of climate change on fisheries: More toxic fish in a warmer world? 


Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Department of Natural Resources


Ph.D.: Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.S.: Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A.: Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology, University of Colorado Boulder


Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University, 2021-present
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2021
PhD Student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2015-2020
MA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014-2015
Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2011-2014
Technician Conservation Genetics Lab, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009-2011
US Geological Survey Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center, MA, 2009
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Jane, S. F., Smith, K. M., Baker, D., Saroni, A., Cutler, E., & Carvalho, P. (2022). News media and fisheries-independent data reveal hidden impacts of hurricanes. Ambio 51, 2169-2181.
Jane, S. F., & Rose, K. C. (2021). Predicting arctic-alpine lake dissolved oxygen responses to future tree line advance at the Swedish forest-tundra transition zone. Global Change Biology 27, 4207- 4209.
Jane, S. F., Hansen, G. J. A., Kraemer, B. M., Leavitt, P. R., Mincer, J. L., North, R. L., Pilla, R. M., Stetler, J. T., Williamson, C. E., et al. (2021). Widespread deoxygenation of temperate lakes. Nature 594, 66-70.
Jane, S. F., & Rose, K. C. (2018). Carbon quality regulates the temperature dependence of aquatic ecosystem metabolism. Freshwater Biology 63, 1407-1419.