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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Stephen Jane

NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow
Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellow
Cornell University

Research Interests

My research focuses on how aquatic ecosystems, primarily lakes, are responding to ongoing regional to global scale environmental changes and the implications of these changes both for ecosystems and the people who rely on them. Lake ecosystems have already undergone substantial alteration in response to warming of surface waters. My current work seeks to understand the potential for these alterations to exacerbate the bioaccumulation of toxic mercury in fishes. This work will help inform regulatory efforts around mercury emissions, as well as monitoring and advisory programs designed to protect human health. 

Selected Publications:

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.

Jane, S. F., Winslow, L., A., Remucal, C. K., & Rose, K. C. (2017). Long-term trends and synchrony in dissolved organic matter characteristics in Wisconsin, USA lakes: quality, not quantity, is highly sensitive to climate. JGR Biogeosciences 122, 546-561.


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


Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Department of Natural Resources


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University, 2021-present
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2021
Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2015-2020