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Federal Staff

Dr. Pat Mazik, teaching Fish Physiology

Pat Mazik Unit Leader Tel: (304) 293 - 4943

Dr. Mazik received her BS from the University of Mount Union, MS from Univ. of Texas at San Marcos and PhD from the University of Memphis. She has been at the Coop Unit since 1998.

Stuart Welsh

Stuart Welsh Assistant Unit Leader Tel: (304) 293 - 5006

From 2000 to present, Stuart has served as the Assistant Unit Leader for Fisheries at the West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Petra Wood, AUL Wildlife

Petra Wood Assistant Unit Leader Tel: (304) 293 - 5090

Petra joined the WV Unit in 1992 as Assistant Unit Leader-Wildlife. She holds an Adjunct Professor appointment with West Virginia University in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.

University Staff

Becky Nestor, Unit Secretary

Becky Nestor Tel: (304) 293 - 3794

Becky has been the secretary at the WV Unit since Sept. 1999.

Students and Post Docs

Kyle Aldinger, PhD student

Kyle Aldinger

Originally from Hummelstown, PA, I received my bachelor's degree from California University of Pennsylvania in 2007. While at Cal U I developed an interest in ornithology and completed my honors thesis on nest provisioning of ground nesting songbirds. After graduating I began my master's degree at West Virginia University studying singing behavior and breeding ecology of Golden-winged Warblers. As a doctoral candidate beginning in 2010, I have been able to continue research on Golden-winged Warblers, associated avian species, and their habitats. Ultimately with a five year data set on the ecology and management of Golden-winged Warblers in WV, I hope to inform conservation efforts for this species, which is currently being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. My general research interests include conservation biology and anthropogenic impacts on avian populations. In my free time I enjoy ultimate frisbee, birding, hunting, fishing, and backpacking.

Ryan Braham, a MS student at the WV Unit

Ryan Braham

Ryan received a BS from West Virginia University in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources in 2004. While attending WVU, he had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects generally using an ecosystem-based approach for the conservation of native freshwater species in the Central Appalachian region. Following graduation, he worked in the Inter-mountain West and the Pacific Northwest focusing on a variety of marine groundfish, anadromous salmonid and freshwater species projects.

Sara Crayton

Laura Farwell

Laura Farwell

I am broadly interested in how large-scale anthropogenic alterations of landscapes impact wildlife community distributions and interactions, with a focus on forest ecosystems and birds. I received an M.S. from the University of Washington, where I studied impacts of urbanization on competitive interactions between two wren species. I am currently working on a PhD project evaluating impacts of shale gas energy development (fracking) on regional forests and songbirds.

Steve Foster

Steven Foster Tel: (304) 576 - 3033

Following graduation from Marshall University I worked as a contractor for the U.S. EPA in Cincinnati, OH as a fisheries biologist. In 2001 I took a full time position as a Limnologist with the Huntington District Army Corps of Engineers Water Quality Section. As a limnologist I am responsible for monitoring the water quality of waterways that are impacted or impact Corps of Engineers projects. I am also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Marshall University where I teach ichthyology every other year.

Mack Frantz

Mack received an MS degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he conducted a radio telemetry study observing space and habitat use of the Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera). Mack’s current Ph.D. research focuses on the Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla), a riparian obligate species, and its response to shale gas development in West Virginia.

Cassidy Hahn, PhD student at WV Unit.

Cassidy Hahn

Cassidy received her BS in Biology from SUNY Oswego in 2007 and MS in biology from SUNY Fredonia in 2009. As a PhD student at WVU she will be conducting research on gene expression in fishes from Great Lakes Areas of Concern.

Lara Hedrick

Lara Hedrick

Lara is a post-doc with research focused on road construction and its influence on aquatic systems. Lara has a PhD degree from West Virginia University and an MS degree from the University of Maryland.

Eric Margenau

Carlos Martinez

Brian Missildine

Gretchen Nareff

Brian Rolek

Brian Rolek

My research has generally focused on conservation of wildlife. I have published on the effects of climate change on bird communities and habitat association of birds; with a focus on modeling. I am originally from Southeastern Pennsylvania but have since moved to the East Coast of North America to pursue my interests in biology and wildlife. I enjoy everything outdoors. A few of my favorite activities include traveling, hiking, camping, and bird watching.

Dustin Smith with Cheat Lake walleye

Dustin Smith Tel: (304) 695 - 3284

Dustin Smith is a PhD student focused on a biological monitoring study of Cheat Reservoir in WV, with emphasis on the movements of walleyes and impacts of lake level fluctuations.

Dan Sparks

Jeff Thomas Tel: (513) 624 - 3683

Jeff is the Biological Programs Manager for the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) in Cincinnati. His research interests include all aspects of large river ecology with a focus on fish community assessments and population dynamics.

Thomas Waldrop


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 13

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 11

Scientific Publications: 64

Presentations: 111


Contact Us

West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Morgantown, WV 26506-6125 Phone: (304) 293 - 3794 Fax: (304) 293 - 4826

Unit Leader

Pat Mazik
Dr. Pat Mazik, teaching Fish Physiology

Dr. Mazik received her BS from the University of Mount Union, MS from Univ. of Texas at San Marcos and PhD from the University of Memphis. She has been at the Coop Unit since 1998.


  1. Percival Hall located on Evansdale Campus

West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
  4. West Virginia University
  5. Wildlife Management Institute