Jack W. Feminella
Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Sciences and Mathematics

Office: 249 Science Center Classrooms Bldg.

249 Science Center Classrooms Bldg.
Auburn University, AL 36849

Office Phone: (334) 844-4555
Fax: (334) 844-5824
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Ph.D. - University of California, Berkeley 1990
M.Sc. - University of North Texas 1983
B.Sc. - SUNY, College at Oneonta 1976

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Effects of watershed disturbance and restoration on stream communities.
  • Ecology of benthic invertebrates in temporary habitats.
  • Biological interactions and life history patterns of aquatic invertebrates.
  • Influence of aquatic invertebrate grazers on stream ecosystems.
  • Experimental design and analysis of aquatic ecological studies.

Selected Publications

Kosnicki, E., S. A. Sefick, M. H. Paller, M. S. Jarrell, B. A. Prusha, S. C. Sterrett, T. D. Tuberville, and J. W. Feminella. 2014. Defining the reference condition for wadeable streams in the Sand Hills subdivision of the Southeastern Plains Ecoregion. Environmental Management doi:10.1007/s00267-014-0320-0

Helms, B., W. Budnick, P. Pecora, J. Skipper, E. Kosnicki, J.W. Feminella, and J. Stoeckel. 2013. The influence of soil type, congeneric cues, and floddplain connectivity on the local distribution of the devil crayfish (Cambarus diogenes Girard). Freshwater Science 32:1333-1344.

Helms, B.S, D. C. Werneke, M. M. Gangloff, E. E. Hartfield, and J. W. Feminella. 2011. The influence of low-head dams on fish assemblages in streams across Alabama. Journal of the North American Benthological Society30:1095-1106.

Gangloff, M. M., E. E. Hartfield, D. C. Werneke, and J. W. Feminella. 2011. Associations between small dams and mollusk assemblages in Alabama streams. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30:1107-1116.

Holomuzki, J. M., J. W. Feminella, and M. E. Power. 2010. Biotic interactions in freshwater benthic habitats.Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29:220-244.

Ewald, M., J. W. Feminella , K. K. Lenertz, and R. P. Henry. 2009. Acute physiological responses of the freshwater snail Elimia flava (Mollusca: Pleuroceridae) to environmental calcium and pH. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part C 150:231-236. 

Helms, B. S., J. E. Schoonover, and J. W. Feminella. 2009. Seasonal variability of landuse impacts on stream macroinvertebrate assemblages in streams of western Georgia, USA. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 28:991-1006. 

Helms, B. S., J. E. Schoonover, and J. W. Feminella. 2009. Assessing influences of hydrology, physiocochemistry, and habitat on stream fish assemblages across a changing landscape. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 45:157-169.

Gangloff, M. M., K. K. Lenertz,  and J. W. Feminella. 2008. Parasitic mite and trematode abundance are associated with reduced reproductive output and physiological conditions of freshwater mussels. Hydrobiologia. DOI 10.1007/s10750-008-9419-8.

Gangloff, M. M. and J. W. Feminella. 2007. Stream channel geomorphology influences mussel abundance in southern Appalachian streams, U.S.A. Freshwater Biology 52:64-74. 

Maloney K. O. and J. W. Feminella. 2006. Evaluation of single- and multi-metric benthic macroinvertebrate indicators of catchment disturbance at the Fort Benning Military Installation, Georgia, USA. Ecological Indicators6:469-484.

Fritz, K. M. and J. W. Feminella. 2006. Differential response of stream periphyton and invertebrate grazers to habitat modification by the emergent macrophyte Justicia americanaMarine and Freshwater Research 57:207-214.

Walsh, C. J., A. H. Roy, J. W. Feminella, P. D. Cottingham, P. M. Groffman, and R. P. Morgan. 2005. The urban stream syndrome: current knowledge and the search for a cure. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 24:706-723.

Maloney, K. O., P. J. Mulholland, and J. W. Feminella. 2005. Influence of catchment-scale military land use on stream physical and organic matter variables in small Southeastern Plains catchments (USA). Environmental Management 35:677-691.

Feminella, J. W. 2000. Correspondence between stream macroinvertebrate assemblages and four ecoregions of the southeastern USA. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 19:442-46.

Feminella, J. W.  1996. Comparison of benthic macroinvertebrate communities in small streams of contrasting hydrologic permanence. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 15:651-669.

Feminella, J. W. and C. P. Hawkins. 1995. Interactions between stream herbivores and periphyton: a quantitative analysis of past experiments. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 14:465-509.


Undergraduate Graduate
Organismal Biology - BIOL1040
Principles of Ecology - BIOL3060
Invertebrate Biodiversity - BIOL4010
Undergraduate Seminar - BIOL4950
Stream Ecology - BIOL7370
Graduate Seminar in Ecology - BIOL7970

Last updated: 01/08/2016