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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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Completed Projects


  • Advanced Ichthyology (2017)
  • Advanced Ichthyology (2016)
  • Advanced Ichthyology (2015)
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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: 13

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 11

Scientific Publications: 61

Presentations: 112


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