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Stuart Welsh

Stuart Welsh


  • Ph D West Virginia University 1997
  • MS Frostburg State University 1994
  • BS West Virginia University 1990


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

Research Interests

Systematics, Ecology, and Conservation of freshwater fishes

Teaching Interests

Ichthyology, Zoogeography, and Systematics

Professional Society Service

  • American Fisheries Society - President, West Virginia Chapter (April 2013 - April 2015)
  • American Fisheries Society - President-elect, West Virginia Chapter (April 2012 - April 2013)
  • American Fisheries Society - Chair, Student Affairs Committee, Southern Division (August 2002 - May 2008)
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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.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Advanced Ichthyology (2018)
  • Advanced Ichthyology (2017)
  • Advanced Ichthyology (2016)
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West Virginia Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Stuart WelshChair, Striped Bass Tagging Committee, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (August 2013 - August 2015)
  • Stuart WelshVice Chair, Striped Bass Tagging Committee, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (August 2011 - August 2013)
  • Stuart WelshMember, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey (June 2006 - September 2006)
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Technical Publications

  • Welsh, S.A., D.A. Cincotta, and J.F. Switzer. 2006. Fishes of Bluestone National Scenic River. National Park Service, Natural Resources Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR--2006/049.
  • Welsh, S.A. 2004. Overestimation of tag-based fishing mortality rates by monotonic trend models: examples from simulated and real data. Report submitted to the ASMFC Striped Bass Tagging Committee, 1 October 2004.
  • Welsh, S., R. Harris, B. Versak, D. Kahn, T. Baum,V. Vecchio, K. Hattala, and G. Nelson. 2003. ASMFC tag working group: summary of USFWS cooperative tagging program results. Submitted to the Technical and Stock Assessment Committees, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
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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

Tel: (304) 293 - 5006

Current Students

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