Jon  Benstead



  • Ph.D., Ecology, University of Georgia, 2001
  • Postdoctoral research: Ecosystems Center

Research Interests

My laboratory’s research program focuses on interactions among three important drivers of ecosystem function and community structure: energy input, nutrient availability, and temperature. While our research leverages the unique characteristics of streams and their suitability for ecosystem-level research, we concentrate on broad questions that are also relevant to other ecosystem types. A major goal for our research program is to integrate the metabolic theory of ecology, with its emphasis on temperature and body size, with the explicit multiple-element approach to resource limitation that is central to ecological stoichiometry theory. Although guided by theory, our research has a strong empirical focus, spans scales from the individual to the ecosystem, and often exploits both natural landscape gradients and experimental manipulations at the ecosystem level.


Venarsky, M.P., J.P. Benstead, A.D. Huryn, B.M. Huntsman, J.W. Edmonds, R.H. Findlay, and J.B. Wallace. 2018. Experimental detritus manipulations unite surface and cave stream ecosystems along a common energy gradient. Ecosystems 00:000-000.

Hood, J.M., J.P. Benstead, W.F. Cross, A.D. Huryn, P.W. Johnson, G.M. Gíslason, J.R. Junker, D. Nelson, J.S. Ólafsson, and C. Tran. 2018. Increased resource use efficiency amplifies positive response of aquatic primary production to experimental warming. Global Change Biology 24:1069-1084.

Demi, L.M., J.P. Benstead, A.D. Rosemond, and J.C. Maerz. 2018. Litter P content drives consumer production in detritus-based streams spanning an experimental N:P gradient. Ecology 99:347-359.

Kominoski, J.S., A.D. Rosemond, J.P. Benstead, V. Gulis, and D.W.P. Manning. 2018. Experimental nitrogen and phosphorus additions increase rates of stream ecosystem respiration and carbon loss. Limnology and Oceanography 63:22-36.

Manning D.W.P., A.D. Rosemond, V. Gulis, J.P. Benstead, and J.S. Kominoski. 2018. Nutrients and temperature additively increase stream microbial respiration. Global Change Biology 24:e233-e247.

Gulis, V., K.A. Kuehn, L.N. Schoettle, D. Leach, J.P. Benstead, and A.D. Rosemond. 2017. Changes in nutrient stoichiometry, elemental homeostasis and growth rate of aquatic litter-associated fungi in response to inorganic nutrient supply. The ISME Journal 11:2729-2739.

Bumpers, P.M., A.D. Rosemond, J.C. Maerz, and J.P. Benstead. 2017. Experimental nutrient enrichment of forest streams increases energy flow to predators along greener food-web pathways. Freshwater Biology 62:1794-1805.

Nelson, D., J.P. Benstead, A.D. Huryn, W.F. Cross, J.M. Hood, P.W. Johnson, J.R. Junker, G.M. Gíslason, and J.S. Ólafsson. 2017. Shifts in community size structure drive temperature invariance of secondary production in a stream-warming experiment. Ecology 98:1797-1806.

Nelson, D., J.P. Benstead, A.D. Huryn, W.F. Cross, J.M. Hood, P.W. Johnson, J.R. Junker, G.M. Gíslason, and J.S. Ólafsson. 2017. Experimental whole-stream warming alters community size structure. Global Change Biology 23:2618-2628.

Vanni, M.J., P.B. McIntyre, D.L. Arnott, J.P. Benstead and sixty-nine co-authors. 2017. A global database of nitrogen and phosphorus excretion rates of aquatic animals. Ecology 98:1475.