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"Climate change and Appalachian stream fishes: where are the resiliencies and risks" with Dr. Nathaniel Hitt

  • August 31, 2023
  • 7:00 PM
  • National Conservation Training Center, Byrd Auditorium 698 Conservation Way Shepherdstown, WV 25443

On Thursday August 31, at 7:00 PM ET, Dr. Nathaniel Hitt will discuss "Climate change and Appalachian stream fishes: where are the resiliencies and risks?" at the National Conservation Training Center, Byrd Auditorium, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV.

Appalachian streams support some of the most biologically diverse fish communities on the planet, and new research is underway to anticipate the effects of climate change on these important ecological, cultural, and economic resources. This talk will summarize the state of the science on this topic, including physical and biological evidence for contemporary climate change in the region as well as sources of risk and resiliency for anticipated future conditions. Central themes highlight the importance of groundwater for stream fishes in a changing climate and the importance of brook trout conservation for future generations.

Dr. Nathaniel (Than) Hitt is a Fish Biologist with the USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center in West Virginia. His research investigates freshwater fish ecology and conservation from a landscape perspective, focusing on stream ecosystems in the Appalachian highlands.

No tickets or reservations are required. All are welcome!

This program will be recorded and broadcast online – September 7, 2023 - 2:00 pm ET at

Upcoming Events - NCTC Conservation Lecture Series (all programs begin at 7:00 pm)

  •  Thursday, September 28: Ryan Hagerty – "Palmyra Atoll Dive Trip - A Photographic
  • Journey" 
  • Tuesday, October 10: Jon Waterman - "The National Geographic Atlas of Wild America" 
  • Wednesday, November 29: John Turner, former FWS Director "Fly Fishing" 
  • Thursday, November 30: Doug Brinkley, author "Silent Spring Revolution" 

For more information, please contact Mark Madison (304-876-7276)

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