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A study of diamond darter macrohabitat use and abundance within the lower Elk River.


March 2014 - February 2017


The Diamond Darter, a federally-endangered species of fish, is known only from the Elk River in West Virginia. This study will increase understanding of the habitat use of this species, which is critical information for management and conservation efforts by natural resource managers


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: 61

Presentations: 116



  • Stuart WelshPrincipal Investigator
  • Austin RizzoStudent
  • Patricia ThompsonStudent

Funding Agencies

  • NiSource


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