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Contact Information

Name: Jamie M. Kneitel

Title: Professor

Office Location: TSC 5003

Email: kneitel@csus.edu

Office Phone: (916) 278-6535

Mailing Address: Department of Biological Sciences, Sacramento State University, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6043

Office Hours: Spring 2024: Mon 100-230p & Wed 1000-1130a

Lab : Sequoia Hall 26

Lab Website : http://kneitel.weebly.com

Curriculum vitae :

Courses taught

  • Bio 100: Introduction to Scientific Analysis
  • Bio 167: Quantitative Methods in Biology
  • Bio 160: Ecology
  • Bio 220: Introduction to Scientific Inquiry
  • Bio 220B: Writing Communication
  • Bio 294: Seminar in Ecology
  • Bio 294C: Seminar in Oral Communication


My research focuses on how environmental variation (in space and time) affects biodiversity and functioning of ecological communities.  Laboratory, mesocosm, field, and data mining studies are used with seasonal wetlands (primarily vernal pools and rock pools) to address questions at all ecological levels (individual to ecosystem).

My students and I research a variety of taxa, including bacteria, algae, plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates. Topics include metacommunities, spatial ecology, conservation biology, food webs, eutrophication, species invasions, restoration, endangered species, and disturbance ecology.

I was a Fulbright Scholar (2017 - 2018) Department of Evolutionary & Environmental Biology, University of Haifa (Israel) & Laboratoire de Botanique, Mycologie et Environnement, Université Mohammed V- Rabat (Morocco). I currently serve as a Fulbright Ambassador.

For more information on my research, lab, and publications, visit my website (NOTE: csus.edu blocks Weebly sites): http://kneitel.weebly.com



Recent Selected Publications

(*Graduate student, **Undergraduate Student)

Epele, L.B. Grech. M.G., Williams-Subiza, E.A., Stenert C., McLean, K., Greig, H.S., Maltchik L.,Marques Pires, M., Bird, M.S., Boissezon A., Boix, D., Demierre E., Garcia, P.E., Gascon, S.,Jeffries, M., Kneitel, J.M., Loskutova, O., Manzo, L.M., Mataloni, G.M., Mlambo, M.C., Oertli, B., Sala, J., Scheibler, E. E., Wu, H., Wissinger, S.A. & D. P. Batzer. 2024. A global assessment of environmental and climatic controls on wetland macroinvertebrate structure and function. Global Change Biology: https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.17173.

O’Brien*, S., Helm, B., Davidson, T. M. & J. M. Kneitel. 2023. Invertebrate community composition differs between restored and natural vernal pools. Restoration Ecologyhttps://doi.org/10.1111/rec.14080.

Reindl, S., McLean, K.I., Kneitel, J.M., Bell, D.A., & D.P. Batzer. 2023. Doing the same thing over and over again and getting the same result: assessing variance in wetland invertebrate assemblages. Wetlands 43, 84. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-023-01734-y

Rios, J.*, Dibbell, M.*, Flores, E.*, & J.M. Kneitel. 2023. Beyond the hydro-regime: Differential regulation of plant functional groups in seasonal ponds. Diversity 15: 832. https://doi.org/10.3390/d15070832

Pires, M.M., Garcia, P.E., Maltchik, L., Stenert, C., Epele, L.B., McLean, K.I, Kneitel, J.M, Racey, S., & Batzer, D.P. 2023. Searching for the Achilles heel(s) for maintaining invertebrate biodiversity across complexes of depressional wetlands. Journal of Nature Conservation: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnc.2023.126332

Epele, L.B. Grech. M.G., Williams-Subiza, E.A., Stenert C., McLean, K., Greig, H.S., Maltchik L. Marques Pires, M., Bird, M.S., Boissezon A., Boix, D., Demierre E., Garc, P.E., Gascon, S., Jeffries, M., Kneitel, J.M., Loskutova, O., Manzo, L.M., Mataloni, G.M., Mlambo, M.C., Oertli, B., Sala, J., Scheibler, E. E., Wu, H., Wissinger, S.A., & D. P. Batzer. 2022. Perils of life on the edge: climatic threats on global diversity patterns of wetland macroinvertebrates. Science of the Total Environment 820: 153052. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.153052

Ozeri*, L., L. Blaustein, A. Polevikov, J. M. Kneitel, E. Rahav, & R. Horwitz. 2021. Effects of the  fire-retardants on temporary pond community structure. Hydrobiologia, 848: 4713-4729. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-021-04670-2

Kido*, R. R. & J. M. Kneitel. 2021. Eutrophication effects differ among functional groups in vernal pool invertebrate communities. Hydrobiologia 848: 1659–1673. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-021-04554-5

Pires, M. M., M. G. Grech; C. Stenert, L. Maltchik; L. B. Epele, K. I. McLean, J. M. Kneitel, D. A. Bell, H. S. Greig, C. R. Gagne & D. P. Batzer. 2021. Does taxonomic and numerical resolution affect the assessment of invertebrate community structure in New World freshwater wetlands? Ecological Indicators 125: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.107437

Ozeri, L.*, R. Horwitz, J. Kneitel, E. Rahav & L. Blaustein. 2020. Effects of a fire-retardant on the mosquito Culiseta longiareolata larvae development and oviposition habitat selection. Ecological Entomology 45: 476–484.

Shin, H.* & J. M. Kneitel. 2019. Warming interacts with inundation timing to influence the species composition of California vernal pool communities. Hydrobiologia 843: 93-105.

Kneitel, J. M. 2018. Occupancy and environmental responses of habitat specialists and generalists depend on dispersal traits. Ecosphere 9: e02143.

Kneitel, J. M., Samiylenko, N.**, Rosas-Saenz, L.**, Nerida, A.** 2017. California vernal pool endemic responses to hydroperiod, plant thatch, and nutrients. Hydrobiologia 810: 129-140. 

Kneitel, J. M. 2016. Climate-driven habitat size determines the latitudinal gradient of diversity in California vernal pools. Ecology 97: 961-968.

Boix D., J. M. Kneitel, C. Duchet, B. J. Robson, L. Zúñiga, J. Day, S. Gascón, J. Sala, X. D. Quintana and L. Blaustein. 2016. Invertebrates of temporary ponds in Mediterranean climates. Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands. D. Batzer and D. Boix, editors. Springer Publishing.

Graffis, A.* and J. M. Kneitel. 2015. A parasitic plant increases native and exotic plant richness in vernal pools. AoB Plants 7: plv100; doi:10.1093/aobpla/plv100.

Anderson, I. J.* and J. M. Kneitel. 2015. Pseudacris regilla tadpole density differentially affects periphyton and macrophytes in a California vernal pool community.  Aquatic Botany 125: 23-30.

Kneitel, J. M.  2014. Inundation timing, more than duration, affects the community structure of California vernal pool mesocosms. Hydrobiologia 732: 71-83.