Curriculum Vitae

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Joseph Stachelek


  • 2016 – 2020 (expected), Ph.D., Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (focus on Landscape Limnology), Michigan State University.
  • 2009 – 2012, M.S., Deparment of Marine Science, University of Texas. thesis.
  • 2004 – 2008, B.S., Department of Marine Science, University of Maine. thesis

Work Experience

  • 2012 – 2016, Research Scientist, South Florida Water Management District
    • Water quality modelling, curating environmental databases, and developing custom GIS visualization tools.



  1. Servais, S., Kominoski, J.S., Coronado-Molina, C., Bauman, L., Davis, S.E., Gaiser, E.E., Kelly, S., Madden, C., Mazzei, V., Rudnik, D., Santamaria, F., Sklar, F.H., Stachelek, J., Troxler, T.G., Wilson, B.J., 2020. Effects of saltwater pulses on soil microbial enzymes and organic matter breakdown in freshwater and brackish coastal wetlands. Estuaries and Coasts.
  2. Soranno, P.A., Cheruvelil, K.S., Liu, B., Wang, Q., Tan, P.N., Zhou, J., King, K.B.S., McCullough, I.M., Stachelek, J., Bartley, M., Filstrup, C.T., Hanks, E.M., Lapierre, J.F., Lottig, N.R., Schliep, E.M., Wagner, T., Webster, K.E., 2020. Ecological prediction at macroscales using big data: Does sampling design matter? Ecological Applications
  3. Wagner, T., <7 authors>, Stachelek, J., Cheruvelil, K.S., Filstrup, C.T., Lapierre, J.F., Liu, B., Soranno, P.A., Tan, P.N., Wang, Q., Webster, K., Zhou, J. 2019. Increasing accuracy of lake nutrient predictions in thousands of lakes by leveraging water clarity data. Limnology and Oceanography: Letters .
  4. McCullough, I., King K., Stachelek, J., Diaz, J., Sorrano, P.A., Cheruvelil K.S. 2019. Applying the patch-matrix model to lakes: a connectivity-based conservation framework. Landscape Ecology.
  5. Qian, S.S., Stow, C.A., Nojavan, F., Stachelek, J., Cha, Y., Alameddine, I., Soranno, P.A. 2019. The Implications of Simpson's Paradox for Cross-Scale Inference Among Lakes. Water Research.
  6. McCullough, I., Cheruvelil, K.S, Lapierre, J.F., Lottig, N., Moritz, M., Stachelek, J., Soranno, P.A. 2019. Do lakes feel the burn? Ecological consequences of increasing exposure of lakes to fire in the continental United States. Global Change Biology.
  7. Collins, S.M., Yuan, S., Tan, P.N., Oliver, S.K., Lapierre, J.F., Cheruvelil, K.S., Fergus, C.E., Skaff, N.K., Stachelek, J., Wagner, T., Soranno, P.A. 2019. Winter Precipitation and Summer Temperature Predict Lake Water Quality at Macroscales. Water Resources Research.
  8. Stachelek, J., Soranno, P.A. 2019. Does freshwater connectivity influence phosphorus retention in lakes? Limnology and Oceanography.
  9. Ward, N.K., Fitchett, L., Hart, J.A., Shu, L., Stachelek, J., <10 authors>, Weathers, K.C. 2018. Integrating fast and slow processes is essential for simulating human-freshwater interactions. Ambio.
  10. Wilson, B.J., Servais, S., <10 authors>, Stachelek J., Troxler, T. 2018. Salinity pulses interact with seasonal dry‚Äźdown to increase ecosystem carbon loss in marshes of the Florida Everglades. Ecological Applications.
  11. Mazzei, V., Gaiser, E., Kominoski, J., <7 authors> , Stachelek J., Troxler, T. 2018. Functional and compositional responses of periphyton mats to simulated saltwater intrusion in the southern Everglades. Estuaries and Coasts.
  12. Stachelek J., Kelly, S.P, Sklar, F., Coronado, C.M., Troxler, T., Bauman, L. 2018. In-situ simulation of sea-level rise impacts on coastal wetlands using a flow-through mesocosm approach. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
  13. Cobourn, K.M., <15 alphabetical authors>, Stachelek J., <4 alphabetical authors>. 2018. From concept to practice to policy: modeling coupled natural and human systems in lake catchments. Ecosphere.
  14. Stachelek J., Ford, C., Kincaid, D., King, K., Miller, H, and Nagelkirk, R. 2018. The National Eutrophication Survey: lake characteristics and historical nutrient concentrations. Earth Syst. Sci. Data.
  15. Rougier NP, Hinsen K, <34 alphabetical authors>, Stachelek J. <8 alphabetical authors>. 2017. Sustainable computational science: the ReScience initiative. PeerJ Computer Science. 3:e142
  16. Soranno P.A., <62 alphabetical authors>, Stachelek J., <15 alphabetical authors>. 2017. LAGOS-NE: A multi-scaled geospatial and temporal database of lake ecological context and water quality for thousands of U.S. lakes. Gigascience.
  17. Hollister J and Stachelek J. 2017. lakemorpho: Calculating lake morphometry metrics in R [version 1; referees: 2 approved]. F1000Research.
  18. Stachelek J. 2016. [Re] Least-cost modelling on irregular landscape graphs. ReScience. 2(1): 1-4.
  19. Stachelek J. and Madden C.J. 2015. Application of Inverse Path Distance Weighting for high density spatial mapping of coastal water quality patterns. International Journal of Geographical Information Science.
  20. Stachelek J. and Dunton K.H. 2013. Freshwater inflow requirements for the Nueces Delta, Texas: Spartina alterniflora as an indicator of ecosystem condition. Texas Water Journal. 4(2), 62-73.

In-Prep (manuscripts available upon request)

  • Stachelek J., Madden, C.J., Kelly, S.P, Blaha, M. Fine-scale relationships between phytoplankton abundance and environmental drivers in Florida Bay, USA.
  • Park, S.R., Stachelek, J., Dunton K.H. Photosynthesis and drought resilience in three emergent vascular plant species common to marshes of the western Gulf of Mexico.


  • Stachelek J, Ford C, Kincaid D, King K, Miller H, Nagelkirk R. 2017. The National Eutrophication Survey: lake characteristics and historical nutrient concentrations. KNB Data Repository.
  • Madden C, Stachelek J, Kelly S, Blaha M. 2017. Florida Bay water quality estimated by underway flow-through measurement. KNB Data Repository.

Software Experience

Software package development (

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Outreach Activity