Meet the Faculty

James Wetzel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Animal Science
Department of Agriculture and Environmental Science
311 Foster Hall
820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Phone: (573) 681-5370


  • Ph.D. Southern Illinois University of Carbondale
  • M.S. and B.S. Purdue University

Research Focus

  • Breeding and Genetics of Sunfishes
  • Fish Nutrition
  • Intensive Culture of Larval Fishes


Jim Wetzel is an Associate Professor of Animal Science in the Department of Agriculture & Environmental Science. He teaches aquaculture-related animal science courses, primarily Fundamentals of Aquaculture, Aquatic Biology, Breeding and Genetics of Aquatic Organisms, as well as Monogastric Nutrition and for the Graduate Environmental Sciences Program Limnology. His research primarily focuses on development of sunfishes for food production. He has been the PD or Co-PD of projects funded by the USDA and Missouri Department of Conservation and published over 25 research articles. Wetzel provides guidance to high schools with aquaculture related projects.


  • Dudenhoefer, G., J.E. Wetzel and T. Omara-Alawala. 2011. Evaluation of Selected Commercial Starter Feeds for Sunfish Fry Culture. North American Journal of Aquaculture 73(3): 332-338.
  • Wetzel, J.E., C.S. Kasper, C. C. Kohler. 2006. Comparison of pond production of phase-III sunshine bass fed 32-, 36-, and 40%-crude-protein diets with fixed energy: protein ratios. North American Journal of Aquaculture 68(3):264-270.
  • Wetzel, J. E. and C. C. Kohler. 2005. Distinction between gastric digestion and evacuation in black bass fed piscine prey. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 134:533–536.
  • Poly, W.J., and J.E. Wetzel. 2003. Transbranchioral spawning, a novel reproductive method of the pirate perch Aphrododerus sayanusIchthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 14:151-158.
  • Brown, P.B., J.E. Wetzel, J. Mays, K.A. Wilson, and C.S. Kasper. 2002. Growth differences between stocks of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) are temperature dependent. Journal of Applied Aquaculture 12:43-56.