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West Virginia Theses and Dissertations

  • Rizzo, Austin. 2017. Development of techniques for assessment of population characteristics of the federally endangered Diamond Darter. PhD Dissertation, WVU.
  • Concepcion, C.B. May 2017. Movement ecology of Philippine birds of prey. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University.
  • Paulson, M.D. May 2017. Space use and habitat associations of long-distance migratory first-year golden eagles. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown.
  • Sheehan, J. May 2017. The Utility of Fine-Scale Remote Sensing Data for Modeling Habitat Characteristics and Breeding Bird Species Distributions in an Appalachian Mature Deciduous Forest. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University.
  • Thompson, P. 2016. Distribution and habitat use of the western sand darter (Ammocrypta clara) and the eastern sand darter (Ammocrypta pellucida) in the Elk River, West Virginia. MS Thesis, West Virginia University.
  • Aldinger, Joni L. 2015. Diel periodicity and chronology of upstream migration of yellow-phase American Eels (Anguilla rostrata). M.S. thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Hilling, Corbin D. 2015. Evaluation of age, growth, and diet of Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) in Cheat Lake, West Virginia. M.S. thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Eyler, Sheila M. 2014. Timing and survival of American Eels migrating past hydroelectric dams on the Shenandoah River. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Davis, R.D. May 2014. Impacts of non-renewable resource extraction on shrubland songbird nest success and abundance. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown. 164 pp.
  • Ruble, C. 2013. Captive propagation, reproductive biology, and early life history of Crystallaria cincotta (Diamond Darter), Etheostoma wapiti (Boulder Darter), E. vulneratum (Wounded Darter), and E. maculatum (Spotted Darter). MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Taylor, N.D. 2013. Assessment of Age, Diet, and Growth of Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens) in Cheat Lake, West Virginia. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Braham, Ryan P. 2012. An Evaluation of the Occurrence of Micronuclei and other Nuclear Abnormalities in Fishes from the Great Lakes Basin, United States. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, December 2012
  • Braham, M.A. 2012. Selection of benthic habitat by yellow-phase American eels (Anguilla rostrata). M.S. Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Andrew, R.G. 2012. Natural barrier assessment and modeling for fish communities in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Sheehan, K.R., 2011. Exploration of Stream Habitat Spatial Modeling; Using Geographically Weighted Regression, Ordinary Least Squares Regression, and Natural Neighbor Interpolation to Model Depth, Flow, and Benthic Substrate in Streams. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Mizel, J. Dec 2011. Avian assemblages and red-eyed vireo nest survival within mineland forest. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown.
  • Ellery, Heather. August 2011. The effect of season and land cover on the white grub (Posthodiplostomum minimum) in the tissues of smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) from the Potomac and James river drainages and Description of two new gill myxozoans from smallmouth bass and largemouth bass (M. salmoides). MS Thesis, West Virginia University. https://eidr.wvu.edu/etd/documentdata.eTD?documentid=12407
  • Welchert, D.M. 2011. Relationships among fish assemblages, hydroperiods, drought, and American alligators within palustrine wetlands of the Blackjack Peninsula, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Anderson, Alison. May 2011. Influence of selenium on bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) in upper Mud River watershed. MS Thesis, West Virginia University.
    https://eidr.wvu.edu/etd/documentdata.eTD?documentid=11933
  • Wichterman, D.S. 2011. An angler and creel survey of the walleye (Sander vitreus) fishery at Summersville Reservoir, West Virginia. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Becker, D. 2010. Long-term effects of timber management on forest breeding songbirds in the central Appalachians. PhD dissertation. West Virginia University. http://hdl.handle.net/10450/11534
  • Aldinger, K. 2010. Playback Surveys and Breeding Habitat Characteristics of Golden-winged Warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) on High-Elevation Pasturelands on the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. MS Thesis, WVU. 108pp. URL: http://wvuscholar.wvu.edu:8881
  • Chambers, Emily B. May 2010. Comparing the use of qPCR on isolated smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) hepatocytes for estrogen screening. MS Thesis, West Virginia University. https://eidr.wvu.edu/etd/documentdata.eTD?documentid=10918
  • Stewart, Kenneth L. December 2009. State-wide fish tissue contaminants survey and effects of feeding type, season and gender on fish tissue contamination levels. MS Thesis, West Virginia University. https://eidr.wvu.edu/etd/documentdata.eTD?documentid=10722
  • Davidson, John W. August 2009. The effects of aquaculture production noise on the growth, hearing, disease resistance and survival of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and methods for minimizing noise in fiberglass aquaculture tanks. MS Thesis, West Virginia University. https://eidr.wvu.edu/etd/documentdata.eTD?documentid=10379
  • Smith, D. 2009. Habitat selection and predation risk in larval lampreys. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • George, G.A. May 2009. Foraging ecology of male Cerulean Warblers and other Neotropical migrants. PhD dissertation, West Virginia University. URL: http://wvuscholar.wvu.edu:8881
  • McElhone, P.M. May 2009. Cerulean warbler population and habitat changes along breeding bird survey routes in the Central Appalachians. MS Thesis, West Virginia University. URL: http://wvuscholar.wvu.edu:8881
  • Shumar, M.B. May 2009. Predictive modeling techniques with application to the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea) in the Appalachian Mountains Bird Conservation Region. MS Thesis, West Virginia University. URL: http://wvuscholar.wvu.edu:8881
  • Zimmerman, J.L.. Rates of swim bladder parasite infection and PIT tag retention in upstream migrant American eels of the upper Potomac River drainage. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Hedrick, L.B. 2008. Evaluation of the impacts of highway construction on sediment and benthic macroinvertebrates in Appalachian streams. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Hedrick, L. B. 2008. Evaluation of the impacts of highway construction on sediment and benthic macroinvertebrates in Appalachian streams. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Keplinger, B. An experimental study of vertical habitat use and habitat shifts in single-species and mixed-species shoals of native and nonnative congeneric cyprinids. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Dellinger, T.A. August 2007. Post-fledging ecology and survival of neotropical migratory songbirds on a managed Appalachian forest. MS Thesis, West Virginia University.
    URL: https://eidr.wvu.edu/etd/documentdata.eTD?documentid=5312
  • McDermott, M.E. August 2007. Breeding and post-breeding forest bird community dynamics in regenerating clearcuts and two-age harvests in the central Appalachians. MS Thesis, West Virginia University. URL: https://eidr.wvu.edu/etd/documentdata.eTD?documentid=5328
  • Burns, A. 2007. Comparison of two electrofishing gears (backpack and parallel wires) and abundances of fishes in the upper Greenbrier River drainage. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Sheehan, K. 2006. An interpolation method for stream habitat assessments with reference to the crystal darter. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Perkins, Kelly Ann. May 2006. Cerulean Warbler Selection of Forest Canopy Gaps. Master's Thesis, West Virginia University. Available: https://eidr.wvu.edu/etd/documentdata.eTD?documentid=4596
  • Osier, E. Distribution and habitat use of the crystal darter (Crystallaria asprella) and spotted darter (Etheostoma maculatum) in the Elk River, West Virginia. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Dellinger, Rachel Lynette. Dec 2005. Nesting Success and Nest Site Characteristics of Four Thrush Species on a Managed Forest. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University. https://eidr.wvu.edu/etd/documentdata.eTD?documentid=4398
  • Hildebrand, H. Size, age composition, and upstream migration of American eels at the Millville Dam eel ladder, Shenandoah River, West Virginia. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Smith, J. Water quality trends of the Blackwater River, West Virginia. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Manjerovic, Mary Beth. Aug 2004. Demography and genetic structure of an Allegheny woodrat population in northcentral West Wirginia. MS thesis, WVU. https://etd.wvu.edu/etd/etdDocumentData.jsp?jsp_etdId=3579
  • Wellman, D. Post-flood recolonization of fishes in tributaries of New River, New River Gorge National River. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Hammond, S. 2003. Seasonal movements of yellow-phase American eels (Anguilla rostrata) in the Shenandoah River. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Lenz, B. 2003. Winter habitat use of fishes in the Ohio River. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Ammer, Frank K. Dec 2003. Population level dynamics of grasshopper sparrow populations breeding on reclaimed mountaintop mines in West Virginia. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. URL: http://etd.wvu.edu/templates/showETD.cfm?recnum=3242
  • Williams, Jennifer M. Dec 2003. Impacts on terrestrial and streamside herpetofauna by mountaintop removal mining in southern West Virginia. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. URL: http://etd.wvu.edu/templates/showETD.cfm?recnum=3231
  • Bosworth, Scott B. Sept 2003. Cerulean warbler relative abundance and frequency of occurrence relative to large-scale edge. Master's Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. https://eidr.wvu.edu/eidr/documentdata.eIDR?documentid=3116
  • Smith, R.D.M. Aug 2003. Raptor assemblage, abundance, nesting ecology, and habitat characteristics under intensive forest management in the central Appalachian Mountains. Master's Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown. http://etd.wvu.edu/templates/showETD.cfm?recnum=3013
  • Williams, G.E. Aug 2002. Relations of nesting behavior, nest predators, and nesting success of wood thrushes (Hylocichla mustelina) to habitat characteristics at multiple scales. PhD dissertation, WVU. URL: http://etd.wvu.edu/templates/showETD.cfm?recnum=2551
  • Chamblin, H.D. May 2002. Small mammal communities on a reclaimed mountaintop mine/valley fill landscape in southern West Virginia. M.S. Thesis, West Virginia University. http://etd.wvu.edu/templates/showETD.cfm?recnum=2480
  • Balcerzak, M.J. December 2001. Raptor abundance and diversity and red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus) habitat characteristics on reclaimed mountaintop mines in southern West Virginia. MS thesis, WVU. http://etd.wvu.edu/templates/showETD.cfm?recnum=2234
  • Castleberry, Steven B. August 2000. Conservation and management of the Allegheny woodrat in the central Appalachians. PhD dissertation, West Virginia University, Morgantown. http://etd.wvu.edu/templates/showETD.cfm?recnum=1503
  • Tinkler, Dorothy E. August 2000. Ecology of bald eagles during the postfleding period at rural and suburban nest sites in southwest Florida. M.S. thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown. https://etd.wvu.edu/etd/etdDocumentData.jsp?jsp_etdId=1546
  • Castleberry, Nicole L. May 2000. Food habits of the Allegheny woodrat Neotoma magister. MS thesis, WVU. http://etd.wvu.edu/templates/showETD.cfm?recnum=1413
  • Steketee, Ann K. May 2000. Predicting habitat suitability for American woodcock and landscape level assessment of habitat in West Virginia. PhD dissertation, West Virginia University.
    https://etd.wvu.edu/etd/etdDocumentData.jsp?jsp_etdId=1373
  • Weakland, Cathy A. May 2000. Effects of diameter limit and two age timber harvesting on songbird populations on an industrial forest in central West Virginia PhD dissertation, WVU. http://etd.wvu.edu/templates/showETD.cfm?recnum=1353
  • Weakland, C. A. 2000. Effects of diameter limit and two age timber harvesting on songbird populations on an industrial forest in central West Virginia PhD dissertation, WVU. http://etd.wvu.edu/templates/showETD.cfm?recnum=1353
  • DeMeo, Tom E. December 1999. Forest songbird abundance and viability at multiple scales on the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. PhD dissertation, WVU. http://etd.wvu.edu/templates/showETD.cfm?recnum=1059
  • Churchill, John B. 1998. Winter movements and habitat use of northern saw-whet owls at Assateague Island, Maryland. M.S. Thesis, WVU. 84 pp.
  • Denmon, Pam 1998. Early successional habitat use by nongame wildlife species in American woodcock breeding habitat in West Virginia. M.S. Thesis, WVU. 120 pp.
  • Welsh, S.A. 1997. The ecology of darters in the Elk River, West Virginia. Ph.D. Dissertation. West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
  • Duguay, Jeffrey P. 1997. Influence of two-age and clearcut timber management practices on songbird abundance, nest success, and invertebrate biomass in West Virginia. PhD dissertation, West Virginia University.
  • Huffman, Ron D. 1997. Effects of residual overstory on bird use and aspen regeneration in aspen harvest sites in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota. MS theis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. 129 pp.
  • Nichols, Jeffrey V. 1996. Effects of two-age timber management and clearcutting on songbird density and reproductive success. MS thesis. West Virginia University.
  • Welsh, S.A. 1994. The effects of long-term insularization on morphological variation in the checkered sculpin. M.S. thesis. Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 13

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 15

Scientific Publications: 71

Presentations: 115

 

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