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Stuart Welsh

Research Publications

  • Rizzo, A.A., C.T. Rota, P.A. Thompson, D.J. Brown, and S.A. Welsh. 2018. Effects of an Extreme Flood Event on Federally Endangered Diamond Darter Abundances. American Midland Naturalist 180:108-118.
  • Argentina, J.E., P.L. Angermeier, E.M. Hallerman, and S.A. Welsh. 2018. Spatial extent of analysis influences observed patterns of population genetic structure in a widespread darter species (Percidae). Freshwater Biology 63: 1185–1198.
  • Thompson, P.A., S.A. Welsh, M.P. Strager, and A.A. Rizzo. 2018. A multiscale investigation of habitat use and within-river distribution of sympatric sand darter species. Journal of Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources , Volume 2, Issue 1, Article 1.
  • Welsh, S.A., D.R. Jerry, D.W. Burrows, and M.L. Rourke. 2017. A new species of freshwater eel-tailed catfish of the genus Tandanus (Teleostei: Plotosidae) from coastal rivers of mid-northern New South Wales, Australia. Copeia 105:229-236. https://doi.org/10.1643/CI-13-067
  • Rizzo, A.A., D.J. Brown, S.A. Welsh, and P.A. Thompson. 2017. Factors influencing detection of the federally endangered Diamond Darter Crystallaria cincotta: implications for long-term monitoring strategies. American Midland Naturalist 178:123-131. https://doi.org/10.1674/0003-0031-178.1.123
  • Aldinger, J.L. and S.A. Welsh. 2017. Diel periodicity and chronology of upstream migration in yellow-phase American eels (Anguilla rostrata). Environmental Biology of Fishes 100:839-838. DOI 10.1007/s10641-017-0614-1
  • Thompson, P.A., S.A. Welsh, A.A. Rizzo, and D.M. Smith. 2017. Effect of substrate size on sympatric sand darter benthic habitat preferences. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 32:455-465. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02705060.2017.1319880
  • Loughman, Z.L., S.A. Welsh, and R. Thoma. 2017. Cambarus (C.) appalachiensis, a new species of crayfish (Decapoda: Cambaridae) from the New River Basin of Virginia and West Virginia, USA. Zootaxa 4243:432-454. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4243.3.2
  • Loughman, Z.J., S.A. Welsh, N.M. Sadecky, Z.W. Dillard, and R.K. Scott. 2017. Evaluation of physiochemical and physical habitat associations for Cambarus callainus (Big Sandy Crayfish), an imperiled crayfish endemic to the Central Appalachians. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2017:1-9. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2746
  • Rizzo, A.A., S.A. Welsh, and P.A. Thompson. 2017. A paired-laser photogrammetric method for in situ length measurement of benthic fishes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 37:16-22. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02755947.2016.1235632
  • Loughman, Z.J., S.A. Welsh, N.M. Sadecky, Z.W. Dillard, and R.K. Scott. 2016. Environmental covariates associated with Cambarus veteranus Faxon, 1914 (Decapoda: Cambaridae), an imperiled Appalachian crayfish endemic to West Virginia, USA. Journal of Crustacean Biology 36:642-648. https://doi.org/10.1163/1937240X-00002456
  • Ruble, C.L., P.L. Rakes, J.R. Shute, and S.A. Welsh. 2016. Captive propagation, reproductive biology, and early life history of Etheostoma wapiti (Boulder Darter), E. vulneratum (Wounded Darter), and E. maculatum (Spotted Darter). Southeastern Naturalist 15:115-126. https://doi.org/10.1656/058.015.0109
  • Eyler, S.M., S.A. Welsh, D.R. Smith and M.M. Rockey. 2016. Downstream passage and impact of turbine shutdowns on survival of silver American eels at five hydroelectric dams on the Shenandoah River. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 145:964-976. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00028487.2016.1176954
  • Hilling, C. D., S. A. Welsh, and D. M. Smith. 2016. Age, growth and fall diet of channel catfish in Cheat Lake, West Virginia. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 7:304-314. https://doi.org/10.3996/092015-JFWM-091
  • Welsh, S.A., J.L. Aldinger, M.A. Braham, and J.L. Zimmerman. 2016. Synergistic and singular effects of river discharge and lunar illumination on dam passage of upstream migrant yellow-phase American eels. ICES Journal of Marine Science 73:33-42. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsv052
  • Smith, J., S.A. Welsh, J.T. Anderson, and R. Fortney. 2015. Water quality trends in the Blackwater River watershed, West Virginia. Northeastern Naturalist 14(Special Issue 7):103-111. https://doi.org/10.1656/058.014.sp711
  • Cincotta, D.A., D.P. Wegmen, T.E. Oldham, S.A. Welsh, and L.B. Hedrick. 2015. Fishes of the Blackwater River drainage, Tucker County, West Virginia. Northeastern Naturalist 14(Special Issue 7):297-313. https://doi.org/10.1656/058.014.sp725
  • Loughman, Z.J., S.A. Welsh, J.W. Fetzner, and R.F. Thoma. 2015. Conservation of imperiled crayfish species - Cambarus veteranus (Decapoda: Reptantia: Cambaridae). Journal of Crustacean Biology 35:850-860. https://doi.org/10.1163/1937240X-00002383
  • Welsh, S.A. and Z.J. Loughman. 2015. Upstream dispersal of an invasive crayfish aided by a fish passage facility. Management of Biological Invasions 6:287-294. https://doi.org/10.3391/mbi.2015.6.3.07
  • Welsh, S.A. and Z.J. Loughman. 2015. Upstream dam passage and use of an eel ladder by the common watersnake (Nerodia sipedon). Herpetological Review 46(2):176-179. DOI number not applicable
  • Welsh, S.A. and Z.L. Loughman. 2015. Physical habitat and water quality correlates of crayfish distributions in a mined watershed. Hydrobiologia 745:85–96. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-014-2095-y
  • Welsh, S.A. and J.L. Aldinger. 2014. A semi-automated method for monitoring dam passage of upstream migrant yellow-phase American Eels. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 34:702–709. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02755947.2014.910580
  • Welsh, S.A., D.A. Cincotta, and R.L. Raesly. 2014. First Record of the Bigeye Shiner (Notropis boops) from West Virginia. American Midland Naturalist 172:372–375. https://doi.org/10.1674/0003-0031-172.2.372
  • Welsh, S.A., D.R. Jerry, D.W. Burrows. 2014. A New Species of Freshwater Eel-tailed Catfish of the Genus Tandanus (Teleostei: Plotosidae) from the Wet Tropics Region of Eastern Australia. Copeia 2014:136–142. https://doi.org/10.1643/CI-13-067
  • Ruble, C.L., P.L. Rakes, J.R. Shute, and S.A. Welsh. 2014. Captive propagation, reproductive biology, and early life history of the Diamond Darter (Crystallaria cincotta). American Midland Naturalist 172:107–118. https://doi.org/10.1674/0003-0031-172.1.107
  • Sheehan, K. and S. Welsh. 2013. Accuracy of stream habitat interpolations across spatial scales. Journal of Geographic Information System 5:602-612.
  • Welsh, S.A., D. A. Cincotta, and W.C. Starnes. 2013. First records of Nocomis biguttatus (Hornyhead Chub) from West Virginia discovered in museum voucher specimens. Northeastern Naturalist. Volume 20; DOI 10.1656/045.020.0412.
  • Loughman, Z.J., D. Foltz, and S.A. Welsh. 2013. Baited lines, an active nondestructive collection method for burrowing crayfish. Southeastern Naturalist 12:809-815.
  • Loughman, Z.J., R. Fagundo, S.A. Welsh, E. Lau, and R.F. Thoma. 2013. Cambarus (C.) hatfieldi, a new species of crayfish (Decapoda:Cambaridae) from the Tug Fork River Basin of Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, USA. Zootaxa.
  • Sheehan, K., M. Strager, and S. Welsh. 2013. Advantages of geographically weighted regression for modeling benthic substrate in two Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Streams. Environmental Modeling and Assessment. DOI 10.1007/s10666-012-9334-2
  • Welsh, S.A., D.M. Smith, and N.D. Taylor. 2013. Microhabitat use of the diamond darter. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. doi: 10.1111/eff.12062
  • Loughman, Z., D. Foltz, N. Garrison, and S. Welsh. 2013. Cambarus theepiensis sp. n., a new species of crayfish (Crustacea, Decapoda, Cambaridae) from the coalfields region of Eastern Kentucky and Southwestern West Virginia, USA. Zootaxa 3641:63-73.
  • Hedrick, L., J. Anderson, S. Welsh, and L-S. Lin. 2013. Sedimentation in mountain streams: a review of methods of measurement. Natural Resources 4:92-104.
  • Zimmerman, J. and S. Welsh. 2012. Prevalence of Anguillicoloides crassus and growth variation in migrant yellow-phase American eels of the upper Potomac River drainage. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 101:131-137.
  • Welsh, S. and H. Liller. 2013. Environmental correlates of upstream migration of yellow-phase American eels in the Potomac River drainage. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:483-491.
  • Smith, D.M., S.A. Welsh, and P.J. Turk. 2012. Available benthic habitat type may influence predation risk in larval lampreys. Ecology of Freshwater Fishes 21:160–163.
  • Selego, S.M., C.L. Rose, G.T. Merovich, S.A Welsh, and J.T. Anderson. 2012. Community-level response of fishes and aquatic macroinvertebrates to stream restoration in a third-order tributary of the Potomac River, USA. International Journal of Ecology, DOI 10.1155/2012/753634.
  • Loughman, Z.J., S.A. Welsh, and T.P. Simon. 2012. Occupancy rates of primary burrowing crayfish in natural and disturbed large river bottomlands. Journal of Crustacean Biology 32:557–564.
  • Smith, D.M., S.A. Welsh, and P.J. Turk. 2011. Selection and preference of benthic habitat by small and large ammocoetes of the least brook lamprey (Lampetra aepyptera). Environmental Biology of Fishes 91:421-428.
  • Loughman, Z.J., T.P. Simon, and S.A. Welsh. 2011. Cambarus (Puncticambarus) smilax, a new species of crayfish (Crustacea; Decapoda: Cambaridae) from the Greenbrier River basin of West Virginia. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 124:99-111.
  • Loughman, Z.J., and S.A. Welsh. 2010. Distribution and conservation standing of West Virginia crayfishes. Southeastern Naturalist 9(Special Issue 3):63-78.
  • Loughman, Z.J., T.P. Simon, and S.A. Welsh. 2010. Forward: conservation, biology, and natural history of crayfishes from the southern United States. Southeastern Naturalist 9(Special Issue 3):1-10.
  • Welsh, S.A., Z.J. Loughman, and T.P. Simon. 2010. Concluding remarks: A symposium on the conservation, biology, and natural history of crayfishes form the southern United States. Southeastern Naturalist 9(Special Issue 3):267-269.
  • Cincotta, D.A., and S.A. Welsh. 2010. Discovery of Ammocrypta clara (western sand darter) in the upper Ohio River of West Virginia. American Midland Naturalist 163:318-325.
  • Hedrick, L.B., S.A. Welsh, J.T. Anderson, L. Lin, Y. Chen, and X. Wei. 2010. Response of benthic macroinvertebrate communities to highway construction in an Appalachian watershed. Hydrobiologia 641:115-131.
  • Hedrick, L., S. Welsh, and J. Anderson. 2009. Influences of high flow events on a stream channel altered by construction of a highway bridge – a case study. Northeastern Naturalist 16:375-394.
  • Hammond, S.D. and S.A. Welsh. 2009. Seasonal movements of large yellow American eels downstream of a hydroelectric dam, Shenandoah River, West Virginia. Pages 309-323 in J.M. Casselman and D.K. Cairns, editors. Eels at the edge: science, status, and conservation concerns. American Fisheries Society Symposium 58, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Chen, Y., X. Wei, L. Lin, R. Viadera, L.B. Hedrick, S.A. Welsh, J.T. Anderson. 2009. Effects of highway construction on stream water quality and macroinvertebrate condition in a Mid-Atlantic highlands watershed, USA. Journal of Environmental Quality 38:1672-1682.
  • Cincotta, D.A., D.P. Wegmen, T.E. Oldham, S.A. Welsh, and L.B. Hedrick. 2009. Fishes of the Blackwater River drainage, Tucker County, West Virginia. In Canaan Valley and its Environs: A Landscape Heritage Celebration. Canaan Valley Institute, Davis, West Virginia. http://www.canaanvi.org/canaanvi_web/events_ed.aspx?collection=past%20events&id=826
  • Sheehan, K., and S. A. Welsh. 2009. An interpolation method for stream habitat assessments. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 29:1-9.
  • Smith, J., S.A. Welsh, J.T. Anderson, and R. Fortney. 2009. Water quality trends (1980-1993) in the Blackwater River watershed, West Virginia. In Canaan Valley and its Environs: A Landscape Heritage Celebration. Canaan Valley Institute, Davis, West Virginia. http://www.canaanvi.org/canaanvi_web/events_ed.aspx?collection=past%20events&id=826
  • Loughman, Z. J., Simon, T. P., and S. A. Welsh. 2009. West Virginia crayfishes (Decapoda:Cambaridae): Observations on distribution, natural history, and conservation. Northeastern Naturalist 16:225-238.
  • Welsh, S. A., R. M. Wood, K. R. Sheehan. 2009. Threatened fishes of the world: Crystallaria cincotta Welsh and Wood 2008 (Percidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 84:191-192.
  • Zimmerman, J. L., and S. A. Welsh. 2008. Pit tag retention in small (205-370 mm) American eels, Anguilla rostrata. Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Sciences 79(2):1-8.
  • Switzer, J. F., S. A. Welsh, T. King. 2008. Microsatellite DNA primers for the candy darter, Etheostoma osburni and variegate darter, Etheostoma variatum, and cross-species amplification in other darters (Percidae). Molecular Ecology Resources 8:335-338. (doi: 10. 1111/j. 1471-8286. 2007. 01946. x)
  • Welsh, S. A., and R. M. Wood. 2008. Crystallaria cincotta, a new species of darter (Teleostei: Percidae) from the Elk River of the Ohio River drainage, West Virginia. Zootaxa 1680:62-68.
  • Hedrick, L. B., S. A. Welsh, and J. T. Anderson. 2007. Evaluation of a new sediment sampling device. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 61:35-39.
  • Osier, E. A., and S. A. Welsh. 2007. Habitat Use of the Spotted Darter, Etheostoma maculatum, in Elk River, West Virginia. Northeastern Naturalist 14:447-460.
  • Hedrick, L.B., S.A. Welsh, and J.T. Anderson. 2007. Effects of highway construction on sediment and benthic macroinvertebrates in two tributaries of the Lost River, West Virginia. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 22:561-569.
  • Welsh, S. A., D. R. Smith, R. W. Laney, and R. C. Tipton. 2007. Tag-based estimates of annual fishing mortality of a mixed coastal stock of Atlantic striped bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 136:34-42.
  • Hedrick, L. B., S. A. Welsh, and J. D. Hedrick. 2005. A New Sampler Design for Measuring Sedimentation in Streams. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 25:238-244.
  • Welsh, S. A., and D. A. Cincotta. 2004. Natural hybrids of the madtoms Noturus flavus and Noturus insignis from the Monongahela River drainage, West Virginia. Northeastern Naturalist 11:399-406.
  • Millard, M., S. Welsh, J. Fletcher, J. Mohler, A. Kahnle, K. Hattala. 2003. Mortality associated with catch and release of striped bass in the Hudson River. Fisheries Management and Ecology.
  • Welsh, S. A., A. W. Kahnle, B. A. Versak, and R. J. Latour. 2003. Use of tag data to compare growth rates of Atlantic coast striped bass stocks. Fisheries Management and Ecology.
  • Welsh, S. A., J. T. Anderson, and D. A. Cincotta. 2002. Fish occurrence on the Camp Dawson Collective Training Area, Kingwood, West Virginia. Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Natural Sciences 74:87-89
  • Welsh, S. A., S. M. Eyler, M. F. Mangold, and A. J. Spells. 2002. Capture locations and growth rates of Atlantic sturgeon in the Chesapeake Bay. Pages 183-194 in W. Van Winkle, P. J. Anders, D. H. Secor, and D. A. Dixon, editors. Biology, management, and protection of North American sturgeon. American Fisheries Society Symposium 28, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Welsh, S. A., M. F. Mangold, J. E. Skjeveland and A. J. Spells. 2002. Distribution and movement of shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) in the Chesapeake Bay. Estuaries 25:101-104.
  • Kinziger, A. P., R. M. Wood, and S. A. Welsh. 2001. Systematics of Etheostoma tippecanoe and Etheostoma denoncourti (Perciformes: Percidae). Copeia 2001:235-239.
  • Welsh, S. A., M. F. Mangold and S. M. Eyler. 2001. Movements of shortnose sturgeon in the upper Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 55:298-303. .
  • Welsh, S. A., and S. A. Perry. 1999. Spatial scale and its influence on estimates of substrate use in stream fishes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 18:954-959.
  • Welsh, S. A., and S. A. Perry. 1998. Habitat partitioning in a community of darters in the Elk River, West Virginia. Environmental Biology of Fishes 51:411-419.
  • Welsh, S. A., and S. A. Perry. 1997. Acidification and fish occurrence in the upper Cheat River drainage, West Virginia. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 33:423-429.
 

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

 

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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.

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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