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Ryan Braham

Ryan Braham, a MS student at the WV Unit


  • MS West Virginia University 2013


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.

Research Interests

Ryan’s research interest is focused primarily in stream ecology and management. His recent interest is in fish physiology and histology. He is currently part of a comprehensive fish health assessment in the Great Lakes drainage with specific research focusing on non-specific genetic toxicity by evaluating for the presence of micronuclei in peripheral erythrocytes. His long term research interests are geared at the pairing of spatial data with histopathological and genetic endpoints to better evaluate and manage impaired systems.

Research Publications

  • Blazer, V.S., P.M. Mazik, L.R. Iwanowicz, R. Braham, C. Hahn, H. Walsh and A. Sperry. 2014. Effects-based monitoring of wild fishes at sites in the Great Lakes Basin: Methods and Preliminary Results: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1027 p. 44, Download  | 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 11

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 60

Presentations: 116


Contact Information


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