Leetown Science Center


Welcome to the USGS Leetown Science Center (LSC).  The LSC has a long history of delivering science and technology to help federal and state managers preserve our Nation’s fisheries resources and fishing heritage.  Research capabilities are centered on migratory fish conservation, aquatic animal health, aquatic ecology and fish biology, and invasive and imperiled species.

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Date published: May 23, 2019

Public Lecture Series - Wildlife, Water, and One-health: Considerations for Wildlife in Water Related Disasters

May 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. EDT at USGS Leetown Science Center, Fish Health Conference Room, 407 Reservoir Road, Kearneysville, West Virginia

Date published: May 2, 2019

Connecting Point Fish Migration Story

Brian Sullivan from WGBY, a public television station in Springfield, MA, came to Conte the week of April 22nd and spent two days interviewing and filming for a short piece on migratory fish in the Connecticut River. 

Date published: March 25, 2019

USGS Leetown Science Center to Host Earth Day Open House

USGS Leetown Science Center (LSC) to host Earth Day Open House on Sunday, April 28 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


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Survival and density of a dominant fish species across a gradient of urbanization in North Carolina tidal creeks

Development in the southeastern U.S. coastal plain generates the need for a better understanding of how demographics (survival and abundance) of estuarine nekton respond to urbanization. Apparent survival and density of the dominant Atlantic coast salt marsh fish, Fundulus heteroclitus, were estimated in four North Carolina tidal creeks using a...

Rudershausen, Paul J; Hightower, Joseph E; Buckel, Jeffery A; O'Donnell, Matthew J.; Dubreuil, Todd; Letcher, Benjamin H.
Rudershausen, P.J., Hightower, J.E., Buckel, J.A. et al. Estuaries and Coasts (2019) 42: 1632. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-019-00575-5

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Individual behaviour and resource use of thermally stressed brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis portend the conservation potential of thermal refugia

Individual aggression and thermal refuge use were monitored in brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis in a controlled laboratory to determine how fish size and personality influence time spent in forage and thermal habitat patches during periods of thermal stress. On average, larger and more exploratory fish initiated more aggressive...

White, Shannon L.; Kline, B.C.; Hitt, Nathaniel; Wagner, Tyler

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Predictive analysis using chemical-gene interaction networks consistent with observed endocrine activity and mutagenicity of U.S. streams

In a recent U.S. Geological Survey/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study assessing >700 organic compounds in 38 streams, in vitro assays indicated generally low estrogen, androgen, and glucocorticoid receptor activities, but identified 13 surface waters with 17β estradiol equivalent (E2Eq) activities greater than the 1 ng/L level of...

Berninger, Jason P.; DeMarini, David M.; Warren, Sarah H.; Simmons, Jane Ellen; Wilson, Vickie S.; Conley, Justin M.; Armstrong, Mikayla D.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Kuivila, Kathryn; Reilly, Timothy J.; Romanok, Kristin M.; Villeneuve, Daniel L.; Bradley, Paul M.; Iwanowicz, Luke R.
Berninger, J.P., D.M. DeMarini, S.H. Warren, J.E. Simmons, V.S. Wilson, J.M. Conley, M.S. Armstrong, L.R. Iwanowicz, D.W. Kolpin, K.M. Kuivila, T.J. Reilly, K.M. Romanok, D.A. Villeneuve, and P.M. Bradley. 2019. Predictive analysis using chemical-gene interaction networks consistent with observed endocrine activity and mutagenicity of U.S. streams. Environmental Science and Technology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b02990