Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Jeffrey A Stein
Title: Research Program Leader
Mailing address:
1816 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Office address:
Address mailcode: 652
Office room: 145 NRSA
Location: NRSA
Phone: 217-244-1516
Fax: 217-333-6294


Strategic Projects Leader, 2017-2018

Chancellor's Research Administrator's Working Group, 2019 - present

Illinois Indiana Sea Grant Administrative Advisory Committee, 2019 - present

Board of Directors, Fisheries Conservation Foundation


My research interests focus on the study of basic and applied ecology of freshwater and marine fisheries to understand linkages between ecological function and exploitation of populations by human activities. Fundamentally, I seek to explore how human activities can impact the reproductive ecology and behavior of fishes, ultimately translating findings into meaningful and effective conservation actions.


Message to students:

I encourage students interested in joining our research lab to contact me directly ( Our research spans a wide array of subject areas, offering students with various levels of experience to contribute to our work.  Students interested in graduate opportunities should provide a CV, unofficial transcript, and unofficial GRE scores regardless of whether you have a specific project in mind.

Undergraduates seeking to gain research experience can also contact me to discuss the many options we have in our lab for gaining both field and laboratory experience.

I encourage all prospective students to review our current and past projects, our lab member profiles, and our list of publications to identify areas of mutual research interest.


PRI Fellows Program, 2018-2020

Academic Professional Leadership Program, 2018-19

Provost's Senior Leadership Retreat, 2020



Professional affiliations:

Council of Academic Professionals - District 11 Representative and former Chair

Faculty Senate - University Statutes and Senate Procedures Committee

Faculty Senate - Assistant Parliamentarian



Selected publications:


Talwar, B.S,  Stein, J.A., Connett S.M.H., Liss, S.A., Brooks, E.J. 2020. “Results of a fishery-independent longline survey targeting coastal sharks in the eastern Bahamas between 1979 and 2013.” Fisheries Research, Volume 230, 105683.


Bieber, J.F., Louison M.J., Stein, J.A., Suski, C.D. 2019. “Impact of Ice‐Angling and Handling on Swimming Performance in Bluegill and Largemouth Bass.North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 39 (6): 1301-1310.

Louison M.J., Stein, J.A., Suski, C.D.  2019. “The role of social network behavior, swimming performance, and fish size in the determination of angling vulnerability in bluegill.Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 73 (10): 139.

Louison, M.J., Suski, C. D., Stein, J.A. 2019. “Largemouth bass use prior experience, but not information from experienced conspecifics, to avoid capture by anglers.” Fisheries Management and Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/fme.12372.

Louison, M.J., Hage, V.M., Stein, J.A., Suski, C. D., 2019. “Quick learning, quick capture: largemouth bass that rapidly learn an association task are more likely to be captured by recreational anglers.” Behavioral Ecology Sociology (2019) 73: 23.


Louison, M.J., Jeffrey, J.D., Suski, C. D., Stein, J.A. 2018. “Sociable bluegill, Lepomis macrochirus, are selectively captured via recreational angling.” Animal Behaviour 142, 129-137.

Louison, M.J., Stein, J.A., Suski, C. 2018. “Metabolic phenotype is not associated with vulnerability to angling in bluegill sunfish.” Canadian Journal of Zoology. 96(11): 1264-1271.

King, S. M., S. R. David, and J. A. Stein. 2018. “Relative Bias and Precision of Age Estimates among Calcified Structures of Spotted Gar, Shortnose Gar, and Longnose Gar.Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 147(4): 626-638.

David, S. R., S. M. King, and J. A. Stein. 2018. “Introduction to a Special Section: Angling for Dinosaurs—Status and Future Study of the Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Ancient Fishes.” Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 147 (4): 623-625. DOI: 10.1002/tafs.10072.

Stein, J. A., S. M. King, D. L. Buckmeier, and N. G. Smith. 2018. “Comment: The Challenge of Age Estimation in Gars Lepisosteus Spp.” Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 147 (4): 649-652. DOI: 10.1002/tafs.10071.

INHS Publink:
Program affiliates:

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science

Faculty Affiliate, Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (PEEC)


Professional society involvement and activities:

American Fisheries Society - Member

Associate Editor, North American Journal of Fisheries Management


PhD, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, 2013
MS, Animal Science, University of Illinois, 2004
BS, Biology, University of Illinois, 1993

Lab name: Sport Fish Ecology Lab Lab research: Lab publications: Lab current projects:

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