Curriculum Vitae

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Jemma Stachelek


  • 2016 – 2020, Ph.D., Michigan State University

  • 2009 – 2012, M.S., University of Texas

  • 2004 – 2008, B.S., University of Maine

Professional Experience

  • 2022 – Present, Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth System Observations, Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • 2021 – 2021, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Earth System Observations, Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • 2020 – 2021, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • 2012 – 2016, Research Scientist, South Florida Water Management District



  1. Stachelek, J., 2023. Quantifying uncertainty in Pareto estimates of global lake area. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. Link to article
  2. Stachelek, J., Avendaño, S., Schwenk, J. 2022. Geographically aware estimates of remotely sensed water properties for Chesapeake Bay. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. Link to article Download link
  3. Swedberg, K., Boyle, K.J., Stachelek, J., Ward, N.K., Weng W., Cobourn, K.M. 2022. Examining Implicit Price Variation for Lake Water Quality. Water Economics and Policy. Link to article
  4. Schwenk, J., Zussman, T., Stachelek, J., Rowland, J.C., 2022. rabpro: global watershed boundaries, river elevation profiles, and catchment statistics. Journal of Open Source Software. Link to article
  5. Ladwig, R., Appling, A., Delany, A., Dugan, H., Gao, Q., Lottig, N., Stachelek, J., Hanson, P., 2022. Long-term Change in Metabolism Phenology in North Temperate Lakes. Limnology and Oceanography. Link to article
  6. Stachelek, J., Hanly, P.J., Soranno, P.A., 2022. Imperfect slope measurements drive overestimation in geometric cone model of lake and reservoir depth. Inland Waters. Link to article Download link
  7. Hanson, P., Stillman, A.B., Jia, X., Karpatne, A., Dugan, H.A., Carey, C.C., Stachelek, J., Ward, N.K, Zhang, Y., Read, J.S., Kumar, V., 2020. Predicting lake surface water phosphorus dynamics using process-guided machine learning. Ecological Modelling. Link to article
  8. Stachelek, J., Weng, W., Carey, C.C., Kemanian, A.R., Cobourn, K.M., Wagner, T., Weathers, K.C., Soranno, P.A., 2020. Granular measures of agricultural land-use influence lake nitrogen and phosphorus differently at macroscales. Ecological Applications. Link to article
  9. 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. Link to article
  10. 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. Link to article
  11. 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. Link to article
  12. 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. Link to article
  13. 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. Link to article
  14. 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. Link to article
  15. 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. Link to article
  16. Stachelek, J., Soranno, P.A. 2019. Does freshwater connectivity influence phosphorus retention in lakes? Limnology and Oceanography. Link to article
  17. 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. Link to article
  18. Wilson, B.J., Servais, S., <10 authors>, Stachelek J., Troxler, T. 2018. Salinity pulses interact with seasonal dry‐down to increase ecosystem carbon loss in marshes of the Florida Everglades. Ecological Applications. Link to article
  19. 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. Link to article
  20. 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. Link to article
  21. 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. Link to article
  22. 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. Link to article
  23. Rougier NP, Hinsen K, <34 alphabetical authors>, Stachelek J. <8 alphabetical authors>. 2017. Sustainable computational science: the ReScience initiative. PeerJ Computer Science. 3:e142 Link to article
  24. 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. Link to article
  25. Hollister J and Stachelek J. 2017. lakemorpho: Calculating lake morphometry metrics in R [version 1; referees: 2 approved]. F1000Research. Link to article
  26. Stachelek J. 2016. [Re] Least-cost modelling on irregular landscape graphs. ReScience. 2(1): 1-4. Link to article
  27. 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. Link to article
  28. 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. Link to article

Pre-prints (not peer-reviewed)

  1. Stachelek J., Madden, C.J., Kelly, S.P, Blaha, M. 2022. Improved estimation of phytoplankton abundance and fine-scale water quality features via simultaneous discrete and semi-continuous surveys. EarthArxiv. Link to article


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